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.
The device is seen as competition to Apple’s $99 Apple TV. 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?