Chromecast: The cheap and easy future of TV

Google reveals a $35 gadget that will transform your phone into a streaming media remote control

Topics: Chromecast, Google, TV, AppleTV, future of tv, streaming media, Netflix, ,

Chromecast: The cheap and easy future of TVGoogle Chromecast dongle (Credit: Reuters/Beck Diefenbach)

Look out, AppleTV! Moments ago, Google sent a shockwave through the technology trade press with its announcement of Chromecast, a device that supposedly allows us to stream Web content from our phone/laptop/tablet directly to our TVs.

Google calls Chromecast “the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV.” In contrast to AppleTV, which comes with its own set-top box, cord and dedicated remote and costs at least $100, the two-inch-long $35 Chromecast “dongle” plugs directly into a HDMI port on your TV. Then, any Chrome-enabled device with WiFi capability — laptop, tablet, even iPhone — turns into a streaming media remote control.



Just two days ago, I connected my new MacBook Air to my TV using a 13-foot cable. The video quality is great, but the laptop interface is still cumbersome. The notion of using the phone I already have as a remote control to watch the Web on my big-screen HDTV is instantly appealing.

Can it really be this simple? Thirty-five bucks to merge the Web and TV? I’ve ordered one from the Google Play store already. I’ll let you know how it works out.

More details from Gizmodo.

Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Rose Jay via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Labrador Retriever

    These guys are happy because their little brains literally can't grasp the concept of global warming.

    Hysteria via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    German Shepherd

    This momma is happy to bring her little guy into the world, because she doesn't know that one day they'll both be dead.

    Christian Mueller via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Golden Retriever

    I bet these guys wouldn't be having so much fun if they knew the sun was going to explode one day.

    WilleeCole Photography via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Bulldog

    This dude thinks he's tough, but only because nobody ever told him about ISIS.

    Soloviova Liudmyla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Beagle

    This little lady is dreaming about her next meal-- not Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

    Labrador Photo Video via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Yorkshire Terrier

    This trusting yorkie has never even heard the name "Bernie Madoff."

    Pavla via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Poodle

    She is smiling so widely because she is too stupid to understand what the Holocaust was.

    Aneta Pics via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Boxer

    Sure, frolic now, man. One day you're going to be euthanized and so is everyone you love.

    Dezi via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    French Bulldog

    He's on a casual afternoon stroll because he is unfamiliar with the concept of eternity.

    Jagodka via Shutterstock

    Most popular dog breeds in America

    Rottweiler

    Wouldn't it be nice if we could all be this care-free? But we can't because we are basically all indirectly responsible for slavery.

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...