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#1 of 77 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted July 24 2013 - 09:58 AM

I bought two to test out.

 

http://www.engadget....ogle-chromekey/

 

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#2 of 77 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted July 24 2013 - 10:56 AM

The USB requirement really kills this thing tho.  Need power in next HDMI?

http://www.theverge....eaming-tv-stick


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Posted July 24 2013 - 12:13 PM

Engadget is playing around with theirs:

http://www.engadget....gle-and-tech-h/


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Posted July 24 2013 - 12:25 PM

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.


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Posted July 24 2013 - 07:08 PM

I don't think the HDMI people imagined such a thing. HDMI is 10 years old, and designed in 2002. It was a digital AV interconnect standard. There was no such thing as an "HDMI dongle"Here's a somewhat relevant article from 2006 http://www.cepro.com...n_the_buss/K330

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Posted July 24 2013 - 07:39 PM

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?

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Posted July 24 2013 - 09:19 PM

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.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 05:14 AM

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.


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Posted July 25 2013 - 05:16 AM

More interesting takes:

http://gigaom.com/20...hreat-to-apple/

http://gizmodo.com/f...rplay-900447846

http://allthingsd.co...esnt-like-that/


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Posted July 25 2013 - 06:45 AM

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Posted July 25 2013 - 07:05 AM

Here's the problem, Google isn't mentioning it at all which = fing confusion....

 

 

 

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@BenedictEvans Cord is optional. If you have HDMI 1.4, it should work without the cord


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Posted July 25 2013 - 09:02 AM

Popsci is not impressed:

http://www.popsci.co...aming-tv-device


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Posted July 25 2013 - 11:06 AM

I should get mine today. Cheap enough. But the spec is really not impressive
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Posted July 25 2013 - 11:14 AM

Is there any point to this if you already have an HTPC?



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Posted July 25 2013 - 12:54 PM

No. Really only if you have an android device and want to transfer videos from device to tv. It does no decoding.
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Posted July 25 2013 - 12:57 PM

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.



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Posted July 25 2013 - 04:23 PM

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.

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Posted July 25 2013 - 07:22 PM

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..


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Posted July 26 2013 - 01:13 AM

 its more a sharing of URL from mobile to dongle.

 

I thought you said there was no such thing as an "HDMI dongle". :)


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Posted July 26 2013 - 04:58 AM

Go for it Matt, mine isn't here yet, Amazon stuck with 2 day delivery, I usually get prime deliveries next day.  Oh well!


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