Apple TV offers consumers the ability to beam music and video from any Apple device to their living room’s TV, except it only works on Apple devices. Google’s new Chromecast, however, plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and assuming you’ve paired it with your home’s network, you can stream video and audio from any device, be it a computer, a tablet or a smartphone. During launch only Netflix, Youtube and GooglePlay will be compatible with the Google ChromeCast, and early adopters will receive a 3-month trial to Netflix.
Built into these apps will be a Cast button. If you’ve ever used YouTube’s “Pair” function, this function allows you to push YouTube videos to your SmartTV or PS3 via WiFi. The Chromecast has a similar look and feel. Moreover, Google says that anything streamed inside of their Chrome browser, which should apply to computers and smart devices, can be “Cast” to the device.
For newer generation TVs, Google ChromeCast can just be plugged into the HDMI slot and used almost immediately. For older generation TVs, Google includes a USB power cable and power adapter. At $35, it’s a steal, especially since your not limited to your SmartTV’s setup.
Google Play and Amazon both sell the Google ChromeCast for $35, and it will ship August 7th.
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