When the Internet was still in its infancy, all those 15 years or so ago, web pages mostly consisted of hyperlinked text, some .jpg or .gif images, and some.midi files to keep your audio interest. Sure, you could download MP3 files, but embedding them into web pages was still something of a novelty.
And video? Well, you could view some ten second clips, but the lag time was enormous, and that’s even if you could sit through the endless “buffering” span. If you wanted to watch television, for the most part, you still had to watch an actual television.
Today, television and movies can be streamed, almost seamlessly, through your Internet broadband connection. Practically every major television news outlet has annoying video windows that just automatically play in the right or left margin of their home page, if not smack dab right in the middle. Video has become such a commonplace fixture of the Internet that we now practically take it for granted.
But, most people also watch television as well, whether via satellite or cable, because sitting on the couch in front of a big screen TV is often preferable to curling up and squinting into the far smaller screen of a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
With that said, the worlds of Internet video and television continue to merge relentlessly. While some people still steadfastly rely on computer monitors, most individuals with even a minute understanding of technology realize that almost all modern flat panel televisions can also be used as computer monitors, and that laptops and even smartphones can be used to relay Internet video to television screens.
Until only recently, connecting computers and other devices to televisions required at least some sort of hard-wired attachment. Even televisions that appeared with built-in, stripped-down computers were essentially hard-wired to allow Internet video viewing. Plus, those television/computer hybrids are impractical beasts prone to all sorts of problems. For example, if the computer component crashes, you have to take the entire television to the shop for repairs… highly inconvenient!
There are two emerging worlds of Internet and television merging that could potentially reshape the broadband and television industries. On the one hand, there are small, inexpensive boxes made specifically to bring the Internet to the television. On the other hand, there’s a growing world of wireless options that can transmit Internet content to your television from your favorite handheld devices and computers.
Consider the Roku box, for example. This relatively simple device acts as a streaming player that provides a variety of Internet-based “channels,” both on-demand and live streaming, depending on the user’s preference. Devices like the Roku box are gaining in popularity, and they continue to add functionality, such as gaming, that can only further contribute to their proliferation.
On the wireless end of the spectrum, consider Google Chromecast. With a simple USB/HDMI/antenna device, a user can turn any HDMI-equipped television into a wireless receptor for Internet content streaming from any device that’s equipped with the Google Chrome operating system or the Google Chrome Web browser. This slick little piece of technology will no doubt have competitors crawling out of the woodwork.
Finally, devices people have been using for years, like DVD and Blu-Ray players, are experimenting with embedding Internet capabilities as well, essentially making them stripped-down computers, not unlike the television/computer hybrids mentioned previously.
The question with all these emerging television/Internet options is whether the consumer audience is tech-savvy enough to navigate the complexity of yet another layer of technological innovation. More likely, the technologies will have to continue to simplify first, so it’s all just as easy as plugging in a toaster.
Make no mistake – the Internet and television are becoming one. It’s just a matter of how much time it will take for the merger to become complete.
Discover a whole new way of watching TV with the Google Chromecast Device. This tiny device makes it easy to stream media services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu straight to your television. Choose from over 200,000 TV shows and movies, 30 million songs or other radio and sports features. The Google Streaming Device is incredibly easy to use. Simply plug it into the HDMI port on your television set, connect it to your WiFi network, and start casting from your phone, tablet or laptop. The new Chromecast has higher video resolution and less buffering, with state-of-the-art WiFi architecture. The new integrated design also makes it even easier to plug into crowded HDMI ports without the need for adapters or extension cables. The media streaming device works with iPhones, iPad tablets, Android tablets and Android phones. It is also designed for tablets and computers such as Mac, Windows and Chromebook.
|Manufacturer Part Number:||GA3A00093-A14-Z01|
|Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H):||4.90 x 4.90 x 1.70 IN|
What is Chromecast?
Cast your favorite entertainment from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your TV.
Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use your mobile device and the TV you already own to cast your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, games, and more. Chromecast works with iPhone,® iPad,® Android phone or tablet, Mac,® Windows® laptop, or Chromebook.
With Chromecast, your phone is your remote. Simply tap the Cast button in your apps to start watching on the TV. Search, play, pause, and more, right from your phone.Unlimited entertainment, all on your schedule
Choose from over 200,000 TV shows & movies, 30 million songs, plus radio, sports, games, and more. Discover thousands of apps at chromecast.com/apps.Mirror your Android phone screen or Chrome browser*
For apps that are not Cast-enabled, use your Android* phone or tablet to display exactly what’s on your screen to the TV. You can also mirror your laptop’s Chrome browser to the TV.Plug in and play
Get started in 3 easy steps: Chromecast works with the devices you already own. Plug it into the back of your HDTV, connect it to your WiFi network, and start casting from your phone, tablet, or laptop.* Mirroring works with most Android devices
The new Chromecast has higher video resolution and lower buffering, thanks to the state-of-the-art WiFi architecture. The new integrated design also makes it even easier to plug into crowded HDMI ports without the need for adapters or extension cables.Your one-stop shop to discover content
The Chromecast App has been updated to make it a destination where you can browse featured content across your apps, search for your favorite movies and TV shows and see where to watch them. Plus, you can find the latest on new apps, offers, and features.Even more Cast-enabled apps to enjoy
Now you can cast thousands of apps across videos, sports, music, games & more. Enjoy recent additions like Spotify, NFL Sunday Ticket by DirecTV, YouTube Kids, Google Photos and favorites like Netflix, HBO Now, and Pandora.More ways to customize your TV screen
The same feature that allows you to transform your TV screen into a dynamic backdrop now has more customizable options. Display personal photos from Facebook and Flickr, or beautiful images from 500px and Getty Images.New choices for game night
With new Cast-enabled games coming soon like Angry Birds™ Go!, WGT™ Golf and Driver® Speedboat Paradise, plus favorites like Just Dance Now and SCRABBLE™ Blitz, you can turn your TV screen into a game board, racetrack, dance floor or trivia quiz. Everyone can play using their own phone as their personal game controller.
Device: 51.9 x 51.9 x 13.49 mm
Package: 124.4 mm x 42.85 mm x 124 mm
Power cable: 1.75 mWeight: 39.1 g (0.086 lbs)Ports & Connectors:
Micro-USBMemory: N/A (512 MB DDR3L)Color: BlackResolution: 1080p
Connectivity/Network: WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz)
Power: 5V, 1A power supply
- TV with an HDMI port
- WiFi network Compatible computer or mobile device
- Supported OS and devices: Android 4.1+, iOS 7.0+, Windows 7, or Mac OS X 10.7, ChromeOS
- Availability and performance of certain features, services and applications are device- and network-dependent and may not be available in all areas; subscription(s) may be required, and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.
Chromecast Front View
Chroemcast Side View
Chromecast Top View
Frequently Asked Questions
Casting is supported from many apps, including Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, YouTube, Pandora, MLS, Crackle, Rdio, MLB.TV, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, and an increasing number of other apps.2. Does Chromecast include a remote?
No, it doesn’t. Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones® and iPads®, Chrome for Windows®, and Chrome for Mac®. Browse for what to watch, control playback, and adjust volume using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. You won’t have to learn anything new.3. What equipment do I need for a good Chromecast experience?
You will need (1) an HDTV with an open HDMI port, (2) a WiFi connection, (3) a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus or pay-as-you-go movie services like Google Play Movies can also be added.4. How do I redeem any special movie or music offers?
Any offers that come with Google Chromecast are digital (online) offers that can be redeemed once your Chromecast is connected to your TV