1. Guest,
    If you need help getting to know Xenforo, please see our guide here. If you have feedback or questions, please post those here.
    Dismiss Notice

Google Chromecast buyers and owners thread

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones / Entertainment' started by Sam Posten, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
  2. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
  3. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
  4. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    12,219
    Likes Received:
    57
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    Real Name:
    Parker
    I will probably be picking up one of these too. I have always found it odd that with an HDMI dongle type of device you have
    to power it with USB. You would think it would be built in to the standard.
     
  5. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    16,609
    Likes Received:
    1,153
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
  6. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    16,609
    Likes Received:
    1,153
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    The chrome cast ad is great! On par with Apple ads. How does this work with iOS? If all I care about is airplay-ing video to my TV--and not buying movies on iTunes -- is this a better product than AppleTV?
     
  7. Ken Chan

    Ken Chan Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 1999
    Messages:
    3,302
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've read that if your TV has HDMI 1.4 it can provide enough power directly.AppleTV does push from a device through AirPlay (1) with an already encoded stream stored on the decice, sent directly; or (2) with on-the-fly encoding, i.e. mirroring. It can also (3) pull content from the cloud -- iTunes, Netflix, MLB, etc.Chromecast clearly does #3. It will also enable (3a) your device to 'cast' the URL of any (supported) content you're watching. So you're watching YouTube on your phone, you hit the button and it will start pulling that content, perhaps even continuing where you left off.It will do #2, but only for the content of a tab in the Chrome browser. That requires a Chrome browser extension and currently beta. No indication it supports mode #1.
     
  8. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Interesting Ken, thanks.

    I'd like to go on record noting that the Google Play website is a steaming pile of junk. First of all you can't tell right away that the new tablets can't actually be ordered yet and once something is ordered there is no cancelling it. Amazon is set to deliver my Chromecast today and Google might not even ship till friday, so i tried to cancel that and it just generates an error.

    You can tell that customer service is not in their DNA.
     
  9. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Jeeeeez (not my pic)
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Here's the problem, Google isn't mentioning it at all which = fing confusion....


     
  11. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
  12. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,469
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    I should get mine today. Cheap enough. But the spec is really not impressive
     
  13. Hanson

    Hanson Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 1998
    Messages:
    4,617
    Likes Received:
    116
    Real Name:
    Hanson
    Is there any point to this if you already have an HTPC?
     
  14. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,469
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    No. Really only if you have an android device and want to transfer videos from device to tv. It does no decoding.
     
  15. Steve Tannehill

    Steve Tannehill Ambassador

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 1997
    Messages:
    5,550
    Likes Received:
    213
    Location:
    DFW
    Real Name:
    Steve Tannehill
    Sounds like if you have an Apple TV and can AirPlay from iPhone, iPad, or Mac (or PC with the right software) then this would not be necessary.

    Plus, the Apple TV has a native YouTube client.
     
  16. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    16,609
    Likes Received:
    1,153
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    Ok, thanks. Ken verifies whate I read and Ars and DF, that its more a sharing of URL from mobile to dongle. It isn't a stream-to-TV device. I see the use, and this would suit me for a lot of my youtubery. I'll keep it in mind. But it's not a must get miracle product.
     
  17. mattCR

    mattCR Well-Known Member
    HW Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,469
    Likes Received:
    368
    Location:
    Overland Park, KS
    Real Name:
    Matt
    Quick Review: It's cheap.
    Long Review: It's cheap and it shows.

    Sam, did you want to write this up for HTF later, or should I start taking pictures and do it up? Maybe both of us put in point/counterpoint because I'd love to know what you think..
     
  18. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    12,219
    Likes Received:
    57
    Location:
    Kansas City, MO
    Real Name:
    Parker
    I thought you said there was no such thing as an "HDMI dongle". :)
     
  19. Sam Posten

    Sam Posten Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 1997
    Messages:
    19,948
    Likes Received:
    1,574
    Location:
    Aberdeen, MD & Navesink, NJ
    Real Name:
    Sam Posten
    Go for it Matt, mine isn't here yet, Amazon stuck with 2 day delivery, I usually get prime deliveries next day. Oh well!
     

Share This Page