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Google Announces Chromecast Dongle, Easiest Way to Bring Online Entertainment to Your TV

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The Chrome team announced Chromecast this morning at Google’s SF press event, a dongle that is plugged into your home’s TV HDMI port, allowing for streaming online content right to your television. It is made with YouTube and other video providers in mind, turning any compatible TV into a streaming monster. 

The service is cross platform, meaning even iOS users can take advantage of Chromecast. All control of videos is done with your device, so there is no need to learn any new user interface or things of that nature. In the top of apps, like Netflix and YouTube, a new icon can be found when you want to push a video to your TV. It’s a simple way of watching your favorite content right on the big screen. It also works with your music, so think of this dongle as a very simplified Nexus Q. An added bonus is that it doesn’t only work with Play Music, but other apps like Pandora.

Control from your desktop is also allowed. While watching a YouTube video on your computer,s imply hit a button and it is instantly pushed to your TV.

The device is only $35 and is available for purchase right now on Google Play.

  • CapnShiner

    Until more content providers sign on to support Chromecast, I don’t see the point. Most HDTVs already have Netflix and Youtube apps built in. Mine has those, Amazon Prime Videos, and several others. The Google Play content is somewhat unique and casting from Chrome has potential to be awesome but I need more details. If Chrome is nothing more than a controller for the dongle and you can’t mirror the browser on your TV, it doesn’t really interest me. The only things announced so far that Chromecast can do that I can’t do already between my TV and Blu-ray player are play content purchased from the Play store and be controlled from a PC/smartphone/tablet. I don’t buy videos or music from Google Play and I can use my TV’s remote just fine. There’s really no appeal for me to want to buy the $35 dongle. I find it hard to believe that all the other commenters who say they want one are not in a similar situation.

    • James Friedman

      I don’t know….the Netflix, Amazon and youtube apps are kind of lame on TV’s. I imagine once the developer community gets ahold of these the sky’s the limit.

      • CapnShiner

        That’s kind of what I’m hoping. A one time fee of $35 is not bad if you use Netflix a lot and the app on your device is horrible. I have a Panasonic Viera and the Netflix app is pretty slow and has no search functionality. I have to manage the instant queue from a PC or my phone. The Amazon app on my TV isn’t bad though.

        • James Friedman

          Same here, I have the Panasonic Vierra and I do use it. The only thing I don’t like about the Amazon app on the TV is that it doesn’t have my watchlist. I have to go and search all over again.

    • NexusMan

      I do not own a smart tv so my tv does not have Netflix, YouTube, etc…built in. I regularly watch videos, podcasts, events, etc on my computer and wish I could be lounging comfortably on my couch and watch them on the big screen instead. I sometimes go through the hassle of connecting my Nexus 10 via HDMI to my tv. I often browse Netflix from my couch on my tablet. When I have my Nexus 10 connected via HDMI to my tv and am watching something, I often times want to rewind it, and reach for the remote, before realizing in order to pause, forward or rewind, I actually have to get up and walk over to my tablet and control it from there…those are just some of the reasons that this $35 device is appealing to me.

      • CapnShiner

        See, that is a valid point but I would guess that you’re in the minority. HDTVs didn’t really become mainstream until pretty close to the time they started to all have apps built-in, so I think most people either have no HDTV at all or one with apps. There are also so many other devices that can show Netflix content on a TV that it quickly becomes redundant. I know that not everyone has such technology already but I think that it’s either because of cost or lack of interest. I have no data to back up my claims but I think they are not unreasonable.

        • Justin Halcomb

          I, also, have an HDTV but with no apps and I mostly watch Netflix videos from my PS3 but I’ll be glad to have this as this device can be used as a separate tv tuner. Most likely this device with render my PS3 almost useless.

  • droidrazredge

    Google Play Store: Sold Out
    Amazon: Temporarily out of Stock
    Bestbuy: Add to cart (WOOT)!!!!!!!!

  • terrorist96

    Meanwhile, HTC has been selling their Media Link HD for $100…

  • Jackson

    Hey it works with Google TV box at least with YouTube.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    What about streaming content from phone to device? like videos?

  • Jordan

    Can this also mirror an android phones entire display(like airplay) instead of just a specific app?

  • Mitch Joa

    Can’t wait for someone to get chromecast able to pull movies from a home server!

  • MrOrange645

    Just ordered mine from Amazon.com. Should be here in two days with free Prime shipping!!

    • Geekdad

      Just ordered mine. They will also be giving you the 3 months of free Netflix. $38 with tax and two day shipping.

  • thebigmann

    Chromecast is live on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR0PDNE/

    Showed up in search results from my tablet but not my laptop. Odd.

  • tutaina

    just bought it through amazon!!!!

  • Jose Salas

    Does the tv need to be wi-fi enabled or it can also not have Wi-Fi ?

  • Br_d

    Plus you get 3 free months of Netflix. If you were already planning on paying for netflix, this thing costs $11. Not bad!

  • Keith Sumner

    Help, does my TV require a built in Internet connection or wifi?????

    • Ray

      The chromecast has built in wifi. So all you need a is home wifi connection.

  • Ahku Droid

    And…bought.

  • Ray

    This is the page for when it becomes available on amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR0PDNE

    • Silver Veloz

      Thank you!

      • Ray

        You are welcome

    • Dan

      It’s available!

    • Silver Veloz

      Amazon is live now – just purchased.

      • RicoDelicioso

        Me too. Cancelling my Google order. I’ll have it by Friday. Awesome sauce.

    • Ray

      Got two, will have them tomorrow.

  • schmaltzy

    Plex support?

    • PSU_DI

      The dev is looking into it.

  • chris13417

    Does the TV have to be able to connect through WiFi or does the dongle connect to WiFi? My Samsung Tv only has ethernet cable internet connectivity.

    • PSU_DI

      the dongle has wifi

  • r.™

    So this make Google TV DOA huh?!

  • ddh819

    do you have to use a chrome device to operate it? or could you use a tv remote (through HDMI-CEC) to control the chromecast?

    • Fresh360

      Your phone/tablet/PC is the remote and it’s not limited to Chrome it is cross platform compatible so iOS, Windows, and Mac are all suppoerted.

      • PSU_DI

        Just to clarify on this, If on Windows & Mac you can only Cast from the Chrome Browser, no IE, firefox, or Safari etc. If you’re using an IOS or android device the apps will have the ability to support ChromeCast if they choose to for either OS.

        • Fresh360

          As I understand it, yes.

  • Ryan Stewart

    $35? I bought one before I even found out there is an API that other apps can use. Might gift it to the parents though because their TV smart functions suck. This would allow them to broadcast from the iPad.

  • Nathaniel Newman

    Would this work to receive content from the new Droid phones with WiFi Direct?

    • PSU_DI

      Doubtful, the whole idea behind ChromeCast is so that the content that is being sent to this TV is done through some cloud server be it Google’s Movie/music servers or Netflix’s steaming servers. so your devices are going from phone/tablet to dongle. Instead the content works like this, app on the phone requests SongA from server, the server streams songA to the app on the phone. Now with ChromeCast, the app can say no don’t send the stream to the phone, instead send it to the TV in my living room. The server responds and switch the stream to the new output. Allowing your app to be a controller or you can close out and do something else while it still streams.

  • MikeSaver

    What I want to know is, how does this work with multiple inputs. So plug it into my HDMI 2 port, right? say I’m watching TV and want to show someone a video, when i hit the cast button will it switch inputs automatically? Will I have to do that manually?

    Also what about switching back? I’m done with the video and want to go back to watching tV. what happens there?

    • brkshr

      It’s not going to control your TV. You would have to manually put your TV onto the specific HDMI port that ChromeCast is in.

      • PSU_DI

        not neccessarily true.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#CEC

        These are all feature that can be supported by Chromecast.
        One Touch Play allows devices to switch the TV to use it as the active source when playback starts
        System Standby enables users to switch multiple devices to standby mode with the press of one button
        Routing Control controls the switching of signal sources

        • brkshr

          Interesting. I haven’t seen this yet. Thanks for the schooling!

          Edit: It would also appear that I am in need of a newer tv 🙂

      • MikeSaver

        hmm I guess I’ll stick with my crappy Vizio co-star then. I can already do all of that youtube stuff at least. I wonder if other devices will interface with normal Google TV devices the same way as the chromecast.

    • PSU_DI

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#CEC

      This is how it’s done, it’ll auto switch to the ondemand content. and then switch back when finished.

  • TSK

    Looks like its already sold out 🙁

    • Havoc70

      it shows back online again, grab it while you can

  • NorCalGuy

    Hopefully you can push the browser to the TV as well gotta get my flash videos in. Pretty much the only reason I have two browsers chrome is the daily driver but the flash videos still have to use stock browser

  • T4rd

    Is it powered by HDMI or do you have to plug in a micro-USB cable to it for power too?

    • KenBarnum

      USB powered. Need the cable. It comes with one. Can plug into the tv’s usb port on some tvs.

  • Henry Chen

    Oh No1 Sold out already! 🙁

  • Silver Veloz

    So, traveling and in the hotel room that has an HDTV with HDMI, I can use this along with the hotel’s WiFi. If so, this is great for traveling.

    • Lou M

      Seems as if most times you have to sign in to a hotel’s wi-fi. I don’t know how the device would sign in.

  • Henry Chen

    Oh no! Sold out!!! 🙁

    • RicoDelicioso

      Keep trying. Told me the same thing but I refreshed the page a couple times and I was able to order. Do it for the kids!

      • Henry Chen

        You’re right! One refresh and it was in stock! 🙂 Thanks!

      • JasonWhite

        Yep. Refreshed and it was good to go!

  • jefbystereo

    So close, but still holding out for a bit more info. Seems a little limited right now in terms of what it can cast seeing as I have a jailbroken apple tv. If this could mirror my nexus screen it would be an instabuy. I want to be able to browse redfin or pictures on my tv but its hard to tell if thats a possibility. Only casting netflix, youtube and google movies isnt enough.

    • onDroid

      It will mirror whatever is on your chrome browser so if its on the internet it will stream it

  • flyinggerbil

    so my question is this: if my cable box is hdmi 1 and i plug this in as hdmi 2 how does it show up when i’m watching tv? do i need to keep switching outputs to view anything?

    • PSU_DI

      If you have a TV that supports HDMI-CEC it should be able to switch over to Chromecast automatically when you send something to the TV

  • litobirdy

    ok guys i saw the inside page of the manual it comes with form other android sites. plugs into hdmi and then a micro usb cable form the dongle to the usb on your tv. Done. or you can connect to to external power adapter as well. Im thinking thepower adapter part is what would help to turn it on from a tv being off.

  • kfath1978

    Whats this mean for Google TV?

    • PSU_DI

      You’d think that with Google TV Jellybean that this gets some what intergrated. GTV JB is supposed to support the latest Chrome browser, if that’s case it shouldn’t be able to us GTV like you do any other Android device, other than it’s already on the tv screen. I’d expect from the near future that we’ll be able to “cast” from GTC to other places in the home with the Chromecast adapter. i don’t see GTV going away because of this, if anything it just got a whole lot better.

    • KenBarnum

      Death

      • New_Guy

        It wasn’t doing all that great to begin with. This is more of a Google-esk innovation if you ask me. This will sell out in about T – 3….2…1…

    • kfath1978

      So basically if I have a GTV this is useless?? Am I missing something?

  • Christopher Ford

    On Play store it says my order is a “pre order”. Do we know when these are actually coming out?

  • Adam Millinger

    Is this needed if you have logitech revue? i know its advanced technology but revue seems able to do these things as well

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  • Brandon Golway

    I may get one of these eventually but I really have no need for it since I have an Odroid-U2 (Exynos 4450, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB onboard 32 GB external) hooked up to my flatscreen and running Android 4.2.2 and it only cost me $90 to have full blown Android!

    • Luxferro

      The problem there is user experience. Android is meant for touch screens, not TV’s. That’s why there is google TV. How are you controlling it? Is it as easy as demonstrated with chromecast?

      • Brandon Golway

        I control it with either a mouse and keyboard, an air mouse with built in keyboard, or the easiest was is to control it with your phone using DroidMote. The touchscreen acts as a trackpad for controlling the cursor and has a keyboard that will send key presses also. It’s a different experience than ChromeCast because that’s just a stripped down ChromeOS, I have full blown Android running so I don’t have to mirror anything, I can just open up the youtube app and use it like I normally would. I think it’s great because I can rent movies/tv shows from the Play store, play emulators, run XBMC and various other things.

    • litobirdy

      Can you control it easily with your phone and/or tablet? or do you need to buy a bluetooth keyboard/mouse. I’m trying to decide if this is worth the $35 or do I just get a android on a stick, really good one for like $20 more and use my phone to control it

  • Luxferro

    Just ordered 2 🙂

    They will make switching movies from living room TV to bedroom TV a lot smoother.

    • OreoMan

      / What Luxferro said. My wife is pissed that we can’t watch Orange is the New Black in the bedroom. Can finally lock the kids out watch some episodes at night!

  • Bill Anderson

    Wow, with the 3 months of Netflix included with this purchase that is even for existing subscribers, this is really only $11.

  • Spider210

    Will plex work?

    • Lou M

      My question too. This almost has me abandoning my Rokus especially with the Chrome tab feature.

      • Luxferro

        I bet if Plex’s android app doesn’t have it yet, it will in the future. All it would need to do is pass a local IP URL instead of a internet one, to play your local content from your server on your LAN.

        You can already play local plex movies in a browser, so there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to play back off the chromecast stick. At least that’s my guess.

    • PSU_DI

      I saw a post that said that the Dev of Plex is already looking into this. I’d think it’s safe to say that it will be coming.

  • dubregae

    Awesome!!! This just eliminated xbox live…Bye bye microsoft

  • Mordecaidrake

    insta buy

  • Humberto

    anyone knows if this will work with videos within the device? home made vids? (not the dirty kind)

    • Fresh360

      I believe not because it isnt streaming directly from your device. If it could do local files also it would have been even more of a beast than what it is now.

      • mched

        What if they are uploaded to Google+

        • Fresh360

          Typed a long reply with a lot of ‘Maybes’ and ‘Ifs’ but i honestly have no idea.

          • fakekellex

            they domo’d G+ photos from the chrome browser. Wish the G+ app had cast support at launch, but I’m sure that is coming.

    • BroRob

      It works with YouTube. Upload your videos there and then stream to the TV.

    • PSU_DI

      I’m not sure if any of use know for sure either way, BUT Google Play Movies app does have support for personal videos. I would suppose that since the app has Chromecast support you MAY be able to do your local videos

  • aye_winchell

    Ok so my transaction is processing…..and has been, for a bit now, it is ever going to get processed?

  • PSU_DI

    If this lets me cast/watch ABC, NBC, CBS, ESPN and the other major networks websites from my laptop to TV, than GOOGLE TAKE MY MONEY x5!, and buh bye expensive Comcast cable package.

  • Skrewee Lewee

    And I spent all that extra money to have a SmarTV?! Dammit.

  • litobirdy

    Dammit, now i cant decide if I should buy this or those Android on a stick devices. for about 20 more bucks I hvae full fledged android on my tv and control it with my mobile device anyway. hmmmm

    • PSU_DI

      Those android sticks can’t get you the major networks websites on your TV, but is sounds like chromecast can!

      • litobirdy

        I’m fine with that. I Just care about Youtube and web browsing mainly. but those android sticks come with everything else.

  • Dee Mann

    Does it do mirroring though?????????

    • socarwolverine

      No

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I mean they released an sdk, an app will do it.

      • joejoe5709

        Right. Probably not out of the box, but I’m sure someone will find a way.

  • Guest

    So how would you hook this up to your surround sound system? I do not want to use my TV speakers

    • socarwolverine

      Can’t you hook up your TV to your system, turn off the TV speakers and the audio should play through your system. That’s how my setup is currently

      • JMonkeYJ

        i also do that with an optical audio cable. it’s pretty great…a lot fewer wires to my receiver 🙂

        • socarwolverine

          An optical audio cable is what I used also, but I have a soundbar so essentially the TV is my receiver for all of my differnet sources.

    • fakekellex

      you’ll need to buy a cable that will hook from your TV out and go into your Receiver (audio IN). Not sure what kind of cable. Some have optical?

      • Steve Swall

        Optical cable is what you would need.

    • Robert Macri

      I’ll be putting this right into my AVR as it has hdmi in.

      • fakekellex

        would that affect the “automatic on” portion of it when you hit the “cast” button on your phone? It would seem to me that it would have to have a way to switch your AVR to the correct input.

        • Robert Macri

          You would still need to change inputs on your TV if it was hooked into the TV’s hdmi. Unless I missed something.

          • fakekellex

            pretty sure you don’t. I thought that was the selling point. I thought some people felt it creepy that you hit the cast button and the TV auto switches.

          • Robert Macri

            Looks like you are right… I don’t know how to do that then. I guess optical out from your tv to avr would have to suffice, which adds a second cable to my setup and I would still need to switch inputs on the AVR to hear it in surround.

          • Luxferro

            It probably works using HDMI-CEC, so if your equipment all has it, or variations of manufacturers HDMI-CEC, and they all play nice together, than it can work.

          • sirmeili

            The specs mention CEC specifically, so that isp robably it. The only bad part is that I believe the spec isn’t universal and is manufacturer specific. Just the channel that they send he commands is a standard. So chrome has to support all the different HDMI-CEC command from all manufacturers (past and present) to really make this shine.

            And the bad part is that I don’t think it will work all that well through a receiver, especially if it differs from your tv maker. I still bought one, just to play with, though. At $35, it was hard not to.

            Not to mention, like they said, it’s better than air play as I can use any device to use it. Now I don’t have to buy a receive with “ChromeCast”, I can just use one of the HDMI ports to get it.

          • Luxferro

            I know this crappy experience firsthand. 1-2 years ago I bought new tv, avr and a hdmi-CEC dongle for my htpc just so I can have everything with HDMI-CEC.

            Long story short, samsung made my UN55D8000 TV so it can turn off other HDMI-CEC devices, but doesn’t allow it to automatically turn stuff on. So it will turn off my AVR, but won’t turn it on. They give you a crappy toggle in their onscreen menu to turn stuff on, rather than an option to automatically turn stuff on.

  • fakekellex

    Was really hoping that Google+ app would support this so I could “throw” my personal pics and vids into this. Big omission IMO, but you can do it through the chrome browser on your PC/Mac.

    I’m just guessing, but they’re probably working on a way to put G+ onto the TV beyond just the photo/video gallery portion. IN other words, its probably much more difficult to put your news feed up there as well and thats why the G+ app doesn’t have the support yet.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    AND CAN WE GET GAMES ON THIS!!!!! My android device as a controller? please game devs. Take this to the next level.

    • Christopher Ford

      This is where this needs to go!

    • Game_On

      My vision: Chromecast the game to the screen then your phone/tablet switches into a dedicated gamepad… WIN!

    • PSU_DI

      LAG will be the biggest issue to this. In the demo today there was at least a 1 second lag time between the devices and the TV. IF they can find a way over this issue it would be awesome

  • Zach K

    What i need to know is if you can use chrome on your phone/tablet and mirror it to the TV with this thing and basically surf the web on your TV that way.

    • JG

      if the API allows for it I don’t see why not. Plus, with all these “recent” chrome experiments that they do with the games where you use your browser and mobile device, I don’t think its wrong to say those experiments might have been used for this device…

  • Devin

    1. How do you configure a secure network?
    2. How does this thing get power? In the pictures it shows just the dongle attached to the TV.. but it also includes a USB power adapter? Does the dongle have a battery.. or are the pictures misleading and you actually have to have the dongle connected to power always?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      Somewhere it says powered by usb.
      Ed: or according to jackson i guess not.

    • Jackson

      Power is through the tv he mentioned that

      • Devin

        If that is the case why:

        What’s in the box
        Chromecast
        HDMI extender
        USB power cable
        Power adapter

        • Ironclad1313

          The power adapter is probably for those who do not have usb ports on their tvs. The video said that it could be powered by usb.

      • Robert Macri

        Via the TV’s USB.

    • BeLogical

      I have all the same questions, especially power!

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  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    Hands down this is todays mvp. I just bought a $40 hdmi cord/adapter for my macbook (it’s belkin) so bro, i am mad. If best buy lets me return it without a restocking fee i’ll make the switch.

    • ddh819

      bb is pretty lenient about returning cables, in my experience

  • litobirdy

    How the hec do you ACTUALLY set it up though? you go home plug it in, no menu? what? how? where? No need to enter Wep/WPA key for secured wifi? confusedd poof

    • PSU_DI

      I have a product that is actually similar to this, its a smart wifi baby monitor, the way setup works is that you use your phone (android or ios) to connect to the device via Bluetooth. Then app on the phone allows you to configure the wifi connection, you can enter security keys or scan for networks etc. Once you establish the wifi connection, the app uses wifi to communicate going forward. I’d suspect it works extremely similar.

      Another option could be that it just uses a WPS button. Press it on the router and then on the device and your done.

      • sirmeili

        “Another option could be that it just uses a WPS button. Press it on the router and then on the device and your done.”

        That would be foolish since not all wireless routers offer that option. I would assume they would want to reach as many people as possible and not leave anyone due to their choice of router (for instance, my mom still uses my original WRT54g (not the gl), which does not have that button on there and she has no reason to upgrade her router as it does everything she needs)

        • PSU_DI

          With that same logic, not everyone owns an HDTV so it’s foolish to come out with this device….

          I was only trying to throw out two examples of have this can be connected to a secure WIFI network, one involves an app, and another option is WPS.
          I don’t know for sure which way Google is going to make this work but WPS is the more elegant/easier method, even if that means you need a newer router.

          • sirmeili

            Well, I won’t be buying a new router to replace my business class one (that allows me to set up multple VLans) just so I can use this device, and I sincerely doubt they would require that.

            As to not using HDMI, there is no other connection that would allow the content protection needed for Netflix, HULU, etc, so that was their only choice (HDCP). There is no way that any content provider would allow their app to work on it if it was component or composite.

            The only other thing I can think of is that I’m not sure all routers actually come with WPS today (all consumer ones might, I’m not sure). If so, then I can see them doing that, but they would be alienating people like me who don’t have those routers and are more likely to be the early adopters.

            The best option is the other one you suggestion (though WPS could still be an “option” for easier hookup). I wasn’t disputing your other option, just saying google would be silly to limit it to the WPS button is all 🙂

    • steveliv

      there is an app on the play store that you need to install that will do that.

  • HowEasy

    My main use for this would be when Im at school. And something makes me question if this would even work over a campus network with all the security nonsense they throw on it.
    Anyone got any ideas?

  • Robert Macri

    HD Sound quality? I hope so.

  • DanWazz

    Gonna order one tomorrow.

  • DJ SPY

    Does it work with amazon instant video?

    • Justin W

      Using a laptop with the tab being beamed to Chromecast, yes. That’s the Vimeo demo we saw in the presser.

  • Jackson

    Anyone know if you could project movies saved on laptop hard drive to it?

    • Jackson

      Anyone?

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      it doesn’t mirrior, it only shows what’s on chrome. But with the CC sdk, all will be possible. Soon.

    • TJWaterskier

      Just drag and drop your video files into a chrome tab and they will play! So YES!

      the web address just shows for example:
      file:///C:/Users/M15x/Desktop/my-totally-legally-downloaded-movie.mp4

      • Jackson

        I had no idea you could do that lol

  • Bought. Done. send it please.

  • LiterofCola

    Is this kinda what Microsoft does with the Xbox and Xbox Live?

  • razorwit

    I’m left wondering if you have a Google TV device already whether this capability will eventually be available without needing the dongle.

  • imns

    For $35 it is pretty damn good but for me, it needs to support more than netflix, youtube, pandora and google play.

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Just open any other content source you want on a laptop or pc in Chrome and “cast” it from there.

  • litobirdy

    Guys calm down with the orders, They said it will be aviable at bestbuy and amazon and one more store i forgot on July 28th. so i’m going with that instead. Less shipping too

  • aj522

    I am wanting to know if this will be able to stream xvids. With the 3 months of Netflix how is this not worth it?

  • tutaina

    Amazon link anyone

  • nexus

    Just ordered mine!!!!

    • Droid Ronin

      Just got one from the Play store!

  • Vikinglifeguard

    Google TV will be sold for as much as I can get for it. Ugh. Glad I got it cheap. Already purchased this! So much easier looking than GTV ever was

    • EC8CH

      Only advantage i can see that a full on google tv product would have is you don’t a need separate device to have an OS to control it, but who doesn’t have at least one device they could use. Otherwise it seems that if properly supported, chomecast could do everything more simply and cheaply.

      • Vikinglifeguard

        Or in some cases 4-5 devices (2 phones, chromebook, laptops). Google TV (at least Logitech’s) was horribly slow and a bad experience. This should make life easier and free up some space under the tv

        • EC8CH

          Really is a bold and innovative play on cracking into the livingroom from the technology standpoint. They still need to crack the content problem though.

  • SHMeyer

    Wonder if I will be able to stream movies from Comcast app to it….

  • Fresh360

    PURCHASED!!!!!! When he said $35 my mind exploded…I literally said “Oh SH*T” sitting at my desk, my coworker was like “Are you ok?” hahahahahahaha

    • thescreensavers

      I scared my coworker as well

    • sirmeili

      My thought was “If they get it down to $50, I’ll definitely buy one after it’s out for a bit”…. He said $35 and I immediately bought one.

      • Fresh360

        This is impusle buy territory for sure; $35 wont get my Kids and I into a movie, won’t fill up my gas tank, or buy my vitamins from GNC. That price really made this purchase a no brainer.

  • Steve Swall

    I’m sorry. I don’t really see how this is different then taking an HDMI cable and plugging it into my tablet, chromebook, smartphone, etc. Maybe I am missing something here?

    • DiegoKokomo

      It’s wireless, works with multiple devices, and allows you to still do whatever from your tablet, chromebook, smartphone, etc without an HDMI cable draped across your living room.

    • Jackson

      Its wireless?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Yes you are. You can use any mobile device on the same wifi network to control content. Your device can be used for other things while content is playing and there are no cables to deal with.

      • Kamesen

        I’m watching the video presentation now, but maybe someone else can
        answer this: If there is no WIFI router there is no way to use this? In
        other words, I cant tether the Chromekey to my phone? Hoping DL can look
        into this.

        @Kellex, Tato

        • ToddAwesome

          I think you just created a paradox.

        • ddh819

          i was actually wondering about this – could you take this to a hotel, connect it to the internet via your phone hotspot, and still control it with the phone?

      • Steve Swall

        Thanks for your clarification on this.

    • ToddAwesome

      It’s different.

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Yes. Because if you did that you would have to stay on that page/app. With this you are free to hit play on the content and then go do whatever else you want on your device.

      • joejoe5709

        Whoa, really? I didn’t catch that. That’s badass.

  • EC8CH

    Wonder how the audio streaming quality compares to bluetooth?

    Could be a very cheap way around bluetooth limitations, plus you get all the video streaming as well for only $35. Nice

    • Robert Macri

      Same question I have… sound should definitely be better then my current hookup via headphone jack, but I wonder how much better.

      • EC8CH

        It must receive the 320 kbps mp3 stream straight from the cloud. I guess the DAC of whatever device it’s plugged into would then determine the rest of the audio quality.

  • Jackson

    Ships by august 7 now lolol

  • Andrew

    google play order status says mine is shipping by july 27th! good thing i wasted no time

  • tyguy829

    wait you can’t put it in your cart anymore? just says coming soon 🙁

  • NexusPhan69

    Shipping times have already slipped to August 2nd. Buy it quickly people.

  • Travillion

    And I’m guessing no Hulu? That is the only sore spot with my Google TV (in terms of content providers…..). Why oh why will Hulu and Google never work together in the TV domain?

    • Fresh360

      Theoretically if you cast from the Chrome and not the Hulu App, you would be golden, right?

      • Travillion

        And this is where I hide my head in shame for missing the obvious. Still viewing this device as a mini content-provider, not something that picks up a broadcast from another device.

        • sindeslroyer

          Also due to the SDK for it being available Hulu could implement it in their apps if they decide to, Google just worked with Netflix to launch it immediately. 🙂

      • EC8CH

        I don’t know if that works on chrome in android or just windows and mac, plus i think i streams the entire time from your device instead of going directly to the chromecast like it would if it were properly supported.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    Boom. Ordered!

  • litobirdy

    But can you do the chrome tab casting from your phone? or is it only from laptops?

    • andrew

      IOS android and chrome.

      • litobirdy

        I know but they were showing chrome example from laptop and they said chrome OS chrome pixel, but what bout chrome app on your mobile device?

        • Andrew

          oh i’m sorry i misread your comment. maybe if not right away they will soon. they did say the chromecast sdk was in beta

        • thescreensavers

          If they did not mention it, it does not exist. So thus its only from Chrome Pixle and Chrome Browser installed on a PC, did they mention OSX? dont think so

  • S2556

    I will buy this when available in Canada 🙁
    alongside my new N7

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd it’s now saying shipping by August 2nd. Got mine in when it said 1-2 days…who thinks it’ll actually happen? 😛

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      That’s weird. My order status says it will ship on July 27th.

      • NexusPhan69

        Same.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Same here. I was saying on the device page it’s saying it’ll ship by August 7th now for new buyers haha I think we’re good

        • ReturnOfTheMack

          Yeah that’s what I’m thinking. I literally ordered this thing as soon as Kover posted the link in the live blog. Haha they were still announcing pricing on the video and my order was done.

  • EC8CH

    Needs Amazon Video support

    • KnowYourEnemy462

      It looks like you can just cast it through the Chrome browser for now. I’m sure the app will support it soon though.

      • EC8CH

        Did they say the chrome browser support worked through chrome on android or just windows and mac? Plus it sounds like that way it streams from the device instead of directly to the chromecast so it would be less than ideal.

        • thescreensavers

          I think its safe to assume that The Chrome Tab Stream is from the Desktop Only now. And yea it streams from the device its mirroring the tab on. From a laptop you aren’t as mobile as you are with your phone/tablet.

          • EC8CH

            so basically a rather poor work around as it then is basically wireless hdmi. More broad support for other online video services would GREATLY increase this device’s value.

    • New_Guy

      Even if it doesn’t, the mobile version of Firefox will play Amazon Prime content. You simply need to find the Adobe Flash Player APK online for Android and download it. It’s pretty easy to find. I watch AP videos on my Note 2 all the time. Just watched Event Horizon not long ago.

  • TheRobotCow

    So we can watch por….. er i mean The Droid Life show on my tv now!

  • jhjr24

    Will buying from Amazon still get the three free months of netflix?

  • DiegoKokomo

    Anyone have the Amazon link yet?

  • Matt Upton
  • Andrew

    bought is as soon as f5 finally loaded the page

  • Matt Upton
  • muscal

    I just want to know if HBO GO will work. Please Please Please let it work!

    • onDroid

      You should be able to use HBO GO in your browser and chromecast it to the TV at the least. I would imagine HBO would update there app at some point but it may not be available right away.

      • Ambugger

        Do you have to flash Adobe Flash Player?

      • teevirus

        That is just it. HBO Go seems to require either a specific app or Adobe Flash through the browser. Some other dongle style Android devices have access to the Google play store which should allow one to download the HBO Go app. If this device can play HBO go it will be my next purchase from the Google play store.

        • sean carey

          yeah i can get netflix already due to blu-ray player, want HBO Go though big time

        • michael arazan

          I’d like to know if I can play my games on it from my phone, it saya it connects to google play for what i assume is access for tv and movies, but it connects to your phone tablet or pc. I can’t mirror my Gnex with a broken hmi to hdmi converter anymore and want to play games on my tv.

          Need an article that compare an Android stick and chromecast to see which is better and has more options.

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      My nexus 4 is running a leaked 4.3 build but the hbo go app isn’t supported. Does it work on 4.2.2?

      • Skrewee Lewee

        Yeah. Works great on 4.2.2

      • cjmsd

        I believe HBO go would have to update their app to enable the feature. It is app specific, not device specific.

    • mike dunham

      I might be missing something but what is it that you want to watch on HBO GO, assuming you are a subscriber to HBO, that you cannot watch via your cable provider using on demand?

      • Ahku Droid

        More is available via the app, such as every season of every show, where it has limited offerings through traditional OnDemand.

    • rutgersjaffo

      Uh…if you have HBO Go, you clearly have HBO. Why would you need to stream HBO to your TV if you…already have HBO on your TV? I mean, I guess if you want to carry your GoogleDongle everywhere you go in case someone else doesn’t have HBO it makes sense. But…really?

      • Duh…

        Because we don’t want to pay for a damn DirecTV receiver for every TV in the house or at a hotel while on vacation.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Do not buy from GOOGLE! Coming to Amazon today! Get that free shipping!

    • Justin W

      Not available on Amazon yet, at least, not that I’ve been able to find 🙁

      Edit: If you’ve got a link, I’ll take it – I’ve got Prime, so I’ll gladly buy it from Amazon over the Play Store!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I’ve been hunting… No luck yet

        • Justin W

          Mash your F5 key. I’ll be doing the same 🙂

          • thescreensavers

            Setup a google alert and waitng. They said It will be Avalible today on Amazon with prime and no tax, no reason to buy it from play store.

          • Justin W

            Bought it from the Play store before I knew it was going to be available on Amazon, so cancelled it, but I completely agree with you.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            It’s live!

    • Jérôme Besnard

      Yes, but from Google, you get 3 free months of Netflix.

      • EC8CH

        so buy one from google and the rest from amazon 🙂

      • Justin W

        You also get that from other retailers. It’s not an exclusive to the Play store deal – that’s available from at least Amazon, Best Buy as well.

    • Dan

      Ordered via Amazon Prime! Estimated delivery 7/26!

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        Just came here to same the same it’s Live!

      • Justin W

        Same. Can’t wait 🙂

  • Seth Merritt

    Anyone find the amazon link?

    • Justin W

      Thinking it’s not available on Amazon yet 🙁

  • joejoe5709

    Okay that’s pretty freaking cool. My wife will be happy that it’ll also work with her IPhone. Great job, Google! Let’s hope it’s less than $50.

    • cmonnats23

      it can be purchased for 35 bucks right now from the play store!

      • Tyler Durden

        $42*

        • Justin W

          Or $35 on Amazon when the link is up.

    • Patrick Chapman

      It’s $35.

      • joejoe5709

        Oh oops. Good call. Didn’t read the last sentence. Thanks. Well there ya go. Sign me up.

  • fillyo75

    Can this plug into a receiver HDMI port to output to TV? I want sound over my sterio.

    • thebigmann

      This is my question as well. I’d rather not have to output from my TV to get to my speaker system.

      • itsacardigan

        I really don’t see why it wouldn’t…your receiver is just a pass through.

        • Heather Mines

          I’m wondering how it controls devices (power, volume, etc) is it through HDMI or is it using an IR blaster somewhere? Depending how it doe sit could add a lot of complexity to get it to work properly.

          • Justin W

            It’s controlled through HDMI. I believe it would at most turn on the receiver, which might then turn on the TV if the receiver/TV is capable of that. I think the volume control is based off of the output volume of the Chromecast device, not the TV, but I’m not sure.

          • Heather Mines

            That’s too bad. I had to turn HDMI control off on all my devices because my HDMI Matrix switch would pass those commands on to all TVs. For example turning off the game room TV turned off the living room TV.

        • thebigmann

          I’m thinking more about the features where it will turn on your TV and automatically select the proper input … will it turn on my receiver and TV? One or the other? Will it select the proper input on my receiver? I don’t know enough about HDMI to know how it will behave.

    • Justin W

      Should be able to – the receiver works as just a pass-through so there shouldn’t be any issues. HDMI works the same way, so this should work.

  • Capt. Crunch

    $35+$7 for shipping and tax= $42 not bad I’ll have to pick one up soon

  • Tony Byatt

    I. WANT. THIS…

  • Riz Virani

    Where can you buy this 🙁

  • SmokeNMirrors

    I wonder if this will work with Miracast on the new Droids?

    • Justin W

      Don’t need Miracast for it to work – it works over WiFi, and I don’t think it even uses Miracast to transmit the data.

      • SmokeNMirrors

        That’s the inverse of my question. I want to know if it can be used with Miracast not if it’s needed. If I buy a new Droid Maxx (I won’t but play along) can I use this to mirror my TV with it.

        • steveliv

          No it doesn’t sound like it is compatible with miracast. However, You wouldn’t need to use miracast even if it did support it, because your phone would support the “Cast” features of the apps natively.

          • SmokeNMirrors

            That only applies to the hand full of apps with support. No games, no presentation software, no screen mirroring, etc etc etc. . It’s only marginally useful. So what dongle actually does work with Miracast?

          • steveliv

            The SDK is open, so i see this functionality showing up in a lot of apps. As for dongles, Best Buy makes one under it’s RocketFish brand that retails for about $80. Model is RF-WFD301.

          • SmokeNMirrors

            Yeah hopefully Miracast will use the SDK and add support. Thanks for finding that RocketFish device. It’s good to know there’s *something* out there that can be used with the new Droids but after reading the crappy reviews I really wish they had just included HDMI!

        • Justin W

          Doubt it. No info available shows the ChromeCast device works with Miracast mirroring.

  • Jeremy Alajajian

    Small print – Power cord required (Not shown)

    • brkshr

      It says USB power. It would be nice if it can be powered by the usb port on the TV.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        It is

        • Justin W

          * can be. Most TV’s now have a USB port, though, so it shouldn’t be an issue.

    • ToddAwesome

      I had a concern about that, then I remembered I have a few old usb wall plugs from old phones, bingo bango, USB powered!

    • flyinggerbil

      What’s in the box
      Chromecast
      HDMI extender
      USB power cable
      Power adapter

    • sirmeili

      yes, but a lot of tvs have USB ports which can provide the power. If not, it says it includes the USB cable and a power cord for those instance when it doesn’t. I find it interesting they didn’t have the option to use MHL, which has the option to power devices like this (some TVs come with MHL supported HDMI ports I believe).

  • Mr E

    Nice! Already in my cart for a cool $35 😉

    • sc0rch3d

      in your cart…slow poke! mine’s purchased!

    • Justin W

      Mine was in my cart. Checkout didn’t go through though 🙁

      • evltwn

        just ordered mine and it says ships by 8/2/13.

        • dprk

          Cancel it and order it through amazon…delivered tomorrow with 1 day shipping http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DR0PDNE/ref=ox_ya_os_product

          • Sean Lally

            Thanks for that url. I couldn’t find it through search.

          • evltwn

            I’m not a prime member, so I’ll still have to pay for shipping.

          • evltwn

            And it’s out of stock now.

      • Same here. 8-7.

        • Justin W

          I cancelled my order and got one from Amazon. I’ll have it in-hand on Friday with free shipping 🙂

    • Jason Downing

      Same.. purchased already

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Just ordered mine and it says it ships in 1-2 business days.

      • Apostrafee

        Got confirmation this morning that mine shipped already

  • sc0rch3d

    $$$$$$ <<<< just just just take it

  • brkshr

    I will be buying this!

  • slole1

    JIZZED ALL OVER MYSELF……………and again