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Google launches Chromecast, Chrome OS-based media, Internet stick

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 24 Jul 2013 20:23 User comments (5)

Google launches Chromecast, Chrome OS-based media, Internet stick After unveiling their updated Nexus 7, Google used today's press event to unveil the Chromecast, a small media and Internet stick that can be plugged into your TV's HDMI port to sling content via Wi-Fi.
At a cost of just $35, the stick should unlock the Internet for those that do not have Smart TVs, set-top boxes or video game consoles. All new orders also receive three free months of Netflix, even if you are a an existing subscriber, effectively dropping the price to almost nothing (unless you don't care for Netflix).

More importantly, the Chromecast lets you sling content from Android and iOS phones and tablets, Chromebooks and on Mac and Windows PCs via the Chrome browser.

You can control your TV via the stick, as well, from your device, including playback and volume. If your TV cannot power directly from the HDMI, there is an adapter included, as well.

With the exception of Silverlight and Quicktime video, any other web video or audio source will play on the TV if it plays in your Chrome desktop browser. You'll be able to run Netflix, Pandora, HBO GO, Hulu and Rdio among others that are not normally easily played without specialized apps.

The device will of course need testing, but it certainly sounds good on paper.

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5 user comments

125.7.2013 0:46

Wow. This is genius. Good job Google!

225.7.2013 2:52

Yes, thanks Google! just another device to collect more info to sell on to other parties, yes! thanks very much google.


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326.7.2013 12:07

Just ordered my yesterday from BestBuy....$37 bucks plus u get 3 months free of Netflix if your new or an existing customer. Great for travel and that old non smart TV

426.7.2013 16:30

@ Dragon3000


UGh..........yet another conspiracy theorist thinking that ANYTHING you do on the web isnt in some way, shape or form tracked/trackable. Go blow and relax!........youll live longer

527.7.2013 14:27

Originally posted by Dragon3000:
Yes, thanks Google! just another device to collect more info to sell on to other parties, yes! thanks very much google.
I start using Tor Browser with Firefox add-ons working on the background.
Is kind of slow 'cos encrypted and re-encrypted almost everything multiple times (use proxies & 3K+ relays). But you became "ghostly"
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 27 Jul 2013 @ 14:35

Live Free or Die.
The rule above all the rules is: Survive !
Capitalism: Funnel most of the $$$ to the already rich.

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