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Media-lovers rejoice! Released on Wednesday, Google has developed a new way to bring great content from the Internet straight to your television: the Chromecast, an interesting little gadget that plugs straight into your television’s HDMI port.

The Chromecast connects wirelessly to the user’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop, and can play video and music from these devices right on their television. With support for both iOS and Android, such devices double as a media source and a remote control for playback.

Google originally sold the device with three months of Netflix included for free. However, according to the LA Times, this promotion ended on Thursday due to the high demand for the product by consumers.

“Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available,” Google said to the Times.

For only $35, users can already purchase the device from stores like Amazon, BestBuy.com, and the Google Play Store. The Chromecast will be available on shelves at all Best Buy stores starting Sunday.

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The device is seen as competition to Apple’s $99 Apple TV How to Mirror the iPhone or iPad to Your TV How to Mirror the iPhone or iPad to Your TV Don't get stuck watching video or playing games on the small screen, your iPhone or iPad can also be used with larger displays. Read More . While Apple’s hardware is a bulkier box with built-in apps, the Chromecast acts as a conduit between the television and the user’s device.

As a final note, because the device connects via HDMI, it must be charged from time to time via its USB power adapter.

Chromecast’s price, function, and ease-of-use seems to already be a hit with the market. As far as we can tell, it seems like the next big thing for consumers who love movies and music alike.

Do you agree? Will you purchase the Chromecast? Do you believe the device will be successful at all?

Source: Business Insider, LA Times

  1. b
    July 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    It needs to be plugged in to power through USB all the time for it to work. not "Charged" it doesn't have a battery in it.

    • Ed A
      July 27, 2013 at 11:23 pm

      True. So many people are confused about where it gets powered from. There is no battery. It comes with a USB cable and power adapter to plug into a wall out let. You may also plug the USB cable into your TV for power if the TV has a USB port. Not sure if more current HDMI can actually power the dongle. This has not been confirmed by Google that I am aware of.

    • jarod gullickson
      February 12, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      you can plug the charger into the USB port on your television and that will power your Chromecast without having to run the cord all the way to an outlet..

  2. Harold Craig
    July 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

    it about time.that someone un cover the bull we been told about wifi-tv and the Internet even a up start person just learning about computers. but thinking why my other stuff don't work with my computer. cause no one making money from it...in this time and age. it not we can't do it but won't do it. mo money mo money...what this i hear about the return of the VCR lol make you laugh

  3. Sassah122 S
    July 27, 2013 at 4:28 am

    Go google! Way better than Apple TV.

  4. Don Schloeder
    July 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Does anyone know anything about the Netflix interface? My Sony Blu-Ray player plays Netflix in HD, but doesn't support sub-titles. The Wii can display sub-titles, but doesn't support HD. Is there any benefit in buying another device?

  5. likefunbutnot
    July 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Is the problem of getting Netflix or Youtube on a television really one that needed to be solved again?

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 30, 2013 at 2:19 am

      I don't believe it's a problem. I think it's more of the added convenience.

      The "problem" of listening to music for pleasure has been solved hundreds if not thousands of times.

  6. Carolyn
    July 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Darn! I just bought for 89.00 the thingee from direct tv! It sounds like the goggle thingee is better, cheaper, and easier to use. Darn!

  7. Eric S
    July 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    That looks pretty cool! Might have to get one.!!

  8. Dany Bouffard
    July 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I can't get it yet, I live in Canada, but I hope someone on PC does a player that can stream my local media to this device, maybe VLC or XBMC, or someone else will do it.

  9. Skye C
    July 26, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Yay!
    Thanks for the heads up, I hope there will be some Australian stockists as nothing from the US or online is cheap when you add the shipping cost ( that can be $25 up to $55) for new products like this.

    Yet I wonder whats next, this (like the chromebooks) feels like they may be testing the waters.......

    Thanks again

  10. web development company NSW
    July 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I think we will have to wait and see how the chromecast does

  11. John
    July 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Now google are setting themselves up to spy on what people watch. I give anything google a miss.

  12. bben
    July 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I actually ordered this gadget from Amazon yesterday morning just after seeing it - because of the low price AND the Netflix promo - then AFTER ordering, and being told it is on back-order. Google pulled the netflix promo taking away two thirds of the value. Nobody seems to know if I got my order in under the wire or not - but because of the back-order, I suspect not. But as there seems to be no way to find out until I actually receive it, I will hold off on canceling.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      July 30, 2013 at 2:18 am

      I can see where that would be a bit of an issue...

  13. John
    July 26, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Great now google are setting up to spy on what your watching. I give anything google a miss and move on to better things.

  14. Hasan Sherwani
    July 26, 2013 at 11:41 am

    I am from Finland. Will Chromecast work here?Where can I buy it from in Finland or in the European Union countries?

  15. Ra G
    July 26, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Seems interesting device..

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