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Old 24-07-2013, 19:13
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23437476

Another attempt by Google to get into the TV market. ONLY 25 !

If it had access to the Play Store it would be hands-down a good choice.
EDIT it does !
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Old 24-07-2013, 19:30
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It's $35 in the US. Probably more like 35 here.

But yes, possibly.
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Old 24-07-2013, 19:48
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Assuming its around 30 here I will get one to try it out although I'm not yet convinced it will get a better uptake than Apples Airplay which few streaming apps support.
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Old 24-07-2013, 20:28
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If they do the 3 months free Netflix offer over here it's a no-brainer for me. Hopefully the low price point will help with adoption.
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Old 24-07-2013, 21:15
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If they do the 3 months free Netflix offer over here it's a no-brainer for me. Hopefully the low price point will help with adoption.
Being a fellow Netflix subscriber it would save me 18, if this device is 30 the actual outlay for us will only be 12 so I see what you mean
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Old 25-07-2013, 10:28
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Amazon.com are selling it but only in the US. Easiest way to get it is through ebay, but sellers are really marking up the price. Has anyone found a online US site that is selling the Chromecast at the US list price and will ship it outside the US?
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Old 25-07-2013, 11:39
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It looks very interesting.

I wonder if this thing will handle the likes of YouTube in 1080P?

If it can do that, and play my files from my PC (some of which are HD) then I'll be very tempted.
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Old 25-07-2013, 12:46
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Probably won't get one as I can just use my blu ray player.
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Old 25-07-2013, 12:57
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Have a good HTPC so ..... no.

Looks like a nice idea though. And very competatively priced ....
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Old 25-07-2013, 13:14
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It looks very interesting.

I wonder if this thing will handle the likes of YouTube in 1080P?

If it can do that, and play my files from my PC (some of which are HD) then I'll be very tempted.
From the presentation it seemed to indicate that it can play 1080p from YouTube.
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Old 25-07-2013, 14:26
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anyone know when we are likely to hear about availablity for the UK?
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Old 25-07-2013, 15:15
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Looks good. I already have a WD streaming box for my main TV but this could be a good low cost solution for the bedroom TV.

Funny reading so many comments on the Daily Mail site (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...s-just-22.html) that "you just need to use a HDMI cable" which kind of misses the point. Who wants a cable trailing across the room?

The main limitation at the moment seems to be that it cannot stream local content (such as from a NAS). Hopefully that will come along soon.
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Old 25-07-2013, 22:55
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I wonder how long before its hacked so it can be used to run XBMC
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Old 25-07-2013, 23:00
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Lucky this was at the top of the list.
I seldom click in this forum and was about to post elsewhere.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57595350-221/chromecast-isnt-a-roku-apple-tv-killer-but-at-$35-it-doesnt-need-to-be/

I sort of like it in that it encourages everyone else to also do cross platform stuff.
But what I do'nt like is that it also seems to monopolise media supply. So we have the Google tax, and a tax dodging one at that!
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Old 25-07-2013, 23:51
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Old 26-07-2013, 08:47
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When is it released in UK.
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Old 26-07-2013, 09:18
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For $35/30 I think I'll get one.

Even if its just to "Chromecast" what is in my browser window to my TV. Opens up a new world of movie and sports streams without having to pay Sky etc for the privelige!
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Old 26-07-2013, 09:25
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For $35/30 I think I'll get one.

Even if its just to "Chromecast" what is in my browser window to my TV. Opens up a new world of movie and sports streams without having to pay Sky etc for the privelige!
Exactly - BT Sport for one which I can get with my BB Subscription but have no means of getting it onto the TV !
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Old 26-07-2013, 11:29
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For $35/30 I think I'll get one.

Even if its just to "Chromecast" what is in my browser window to my TV. Opens up a new world of movie and sports streams without having to pay Sky etc for the privelige!
It won't be much good for that.

Effectively in that case it just takes a webcam image of the action and forwards it on to the Chomekey. It'll look crappy, and won't cope with fast motion well at all.
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Old 26-07-2013, 11:38
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It won't be much good for that.

Effectively in that case it just takes a webcam image of the action and forwards it on to the Chomekey. It'll look crappy, and won't cope with fast motion well at all.
Certainly the intention is that in the most part the laptop/phone/tablet is not forwarding it's screen to the dongle.

it's more like a remote control. that the device you are using tells the dongle to go and do what is necessary and the dongle goes off and does it independently.
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Old 26-07-2013, 14:49
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Yes, I simply read it that your smartphone/tablet acts as a simple remote control/keyboard for it.
Everything streams direct from Google.

They will have as likely as not cobbled it together Raspberry Pi like.
So 128 or 256MB of Ram? My guess is 256MB for an extremely cut down Apple TV like Chrome OS.
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Old 26-07-2013, 15:48
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I'm sort of tempted, but I'm already using one of these.

I don't know whether it will be worth switching.
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Old 26-07-2013, 20:10
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Yes, I simply read it that your smartphone/tablet acts as a simple remote control/keyboard for it.
Everything streams direct from Google.

They will have as likely as not cobbled it together Raspberry Pi like.
So 128 or 256MB of Ram? My guess is 256MB for an extremely cut down Apple TV like Chrome OS.
It streams from Google? Where did you hear that?

My understanding is that it streams directly from the provider. So if you use the iPhone Netflix app, the video streams directly from Netflix.
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Old 27-07-2013, 19:31
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It looks very interesting at an excellent price. This one should succeed unlike last year's Nexus Q which turned out to be vapourware.
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Old 27-07-2013, 19:54
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My understanding is that it streams directly from the provider. So if you use the iPhone Netflix app, the video streams directly from Netflix.
Yes, it maybe has a couple of providers there too so far.

Its certainly also got screen mirroring, and by the sound of it should be easily tweaked into an XBMC like media player.
The spec in fact seems a reasonable high end stick.
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