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Yes, Motorola is Selling the Chromecast on its Site

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Motorola, a Google company, has taken to selling the HDMI dongle called Chromecast right on its website. The device is also on sale at Best Buy, Amazon, and on Google Play directly, but this move seems to point to the fact that Google is looking to pawn off the hardware just about anywhere they can. And if you own a company like Motorola, you might as well. 

The dongle is $35 wherever you buy it, so this move doesn’t really affect anybody or anything. It’s simply Google taking advantage of its new retail outlet.

If you don’t already have a Chromecast, get on it. If you don’t need one, so be it.

Via: Motorola

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  • vice86

    yet i can’t get it to connect to my Motorola SBG6580 modem easily…i’m about to package it up and return the damn thing. Shouldn’t be this annoying to set up.

  • Thomas Mc

    It’s vaporware, useless junk. 6 months after release, and it still can’t do anything my HDTV, and blu-ray players already do without the device, (including the casting fuctions). And my OLD Roku can run circles around it. It was a good idea, but the fascists @ Google locked down the aps, so now it’s just useless junk. They are probably just trying to dump their remaining inventory, before officially dumping the product.

  • SD_Scott

    Does it work w/ WatchESPN? If so, I’ll buy right now…

    • WAldenIV

      Yes, see above. But if you have a Roku they just released a Watch ESPN channel.

  • Gr8Ray

    I think anyone with Google Play Music “All Access” the Chromecast is about the best way to take advantage of that service, without having the device plugged into an aux jack. For those concerned about screen burn-in, if you have the Chromecast connected directly to your AVR, the TV doesn’t even have to be turned on.

  • Shane Redman

    To those complaining about the Chromecast…..you want a $35 dongle with a future and potential, or a $300 NexusQ???

  • ddh819

    wonder if they charge shipping and state sales tax

  • Kree Terry

    anyone know if i can tether of my phone and connect the chromecast to the hotspot? i know both devices have to be on the same network and i wasnt sure if tethering meets that requirement.

    • LionStone

      I run Netflix off my N7 -> TV and provide WiFi to both (c.cast/n7) via DNA. I think that answers your question?

      • Kree Terry

        well ill be casting from my phone which will also be hotspotting to the chromecast.

        • LionStone

          Oh, sorry then, I believe I tried that also but they kept bumping each other off the hotspot.

        • LionStone

          Oh I see, I tried that also, it didn’t work… They were bumping the hotspot I seem to remember.

  • fauxshizzl

    I wish they would just release the SDK already. How can it not be final when huge companies like Netflix, Hulu and HBO have no problem making apps for it? I just want to be able to cast from mobile Chrome and I would be %100 happy with my purchase.

  • bang bang

    You guys r crazy… The chromecast for me is my most used device. I don’t have cable( but i do have internet) at home but all of my YouTube subscriptions make up for that especially when using the chromecast! I have tons of movies that I always watch and instead of using my 15 inch laptop I use my 40 inch TV (cause droid-life vids r much better on the big screen). All u do is organize ur YouTube subscriptions and click on the watch later icon and then “play all”, cast vid, and let the chromecast do its magic.

    Oh yeah and while I’m at it anyone know of a good .avi to mp4 converter out there? Having some bad luck!!

  • Twofourturbo

    Needs amazon prime support. Plus send Google drive files and videos from my drive account

    • Gr8Ray

      Both of those would be pretty awesome.

  • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

    This is way off topic, but I just got the Moto X and I want to be able to stop the “WiFi connected” notification that pops up every time I connect to a network…

    Ideas?

    • guest

      There’s a setting in the WiFi settings to turn that off.

      • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

        Just to let you know, there’s no setting to get rid of what I’m talking about. I talked to someone at Moto Care. Hopefully they make a setting for it in 4.4 update.

        • Gr8Ray

          Sure there is, because I disabled it on mine.Settings -> WiFi -> Menu -> Advanced -> “Wi-Fi notifications”

  • AbbyZFresh

    And people say Google and Motorola are treated as seperate companies? HA.

    It’s quite obvious that’s just an image front to the other OEMs to keep them out of the background collaborations going on between the Big G and Moto.

  • dongle

    Can we please not call it a “dongle.” It needs an external power supply.

    Despite google’s best efforts to hide this fact, it has a cord coming out the end of it that needs to be plugged it. So it really isn’t a dongle.

  • silentbob2003

    so what’s the verdict on video streaming through a web browser? Is it reliable or is it hit or miss?

    • Fozzybare

      veeeeeeeeeery choppy when i try it.

    • WAldenIV

      You need a decent PC (read: not a netbook). I watch the BPL by casting tabs on NBC Sports Extra.

    • Chris

      I stream ESPN3 and it works perfectly. I do have a high end laptop and an N router though.

  • CensoredByU

    This device while cheap and interesting won’t see it’s full potential until Google releases a proper SDK. For now it’s severally “nerfed”.

  • Ricky Ortiz

    I still love using this everyday, it has replaced my xbox as my Netflix machine and now I dont have to pay for Xbox Live to use it.

  • jimt

    I will use it when you can cast videos from the phone or tablet. For now it just sits.

  • Khary Anderson

    I’m disappointed in my purchase of Chromecast. I live on a college campus 8 months of the year thus I spent $35 to use this device for 4 months.

    • Daniel Grabowski

      I know it’s something else to buy, but I used to have a router in my dorm when I lived on campus to route my wired connection wireless since the wifi signal wasn’t super strong.

  • guest

    i have a friend at motorola ..and he did say that even though its not branded motorola product ..motorola hw engineers were heavily invovled in designing and building chromecast with chrome team ..so no wonder moto is selling at

    • kixofmyg0t

      You are correct. However it was designed and built by just one guy.

  • Joe

    Now that it’s after all the buzz. What are people doing with their Chromecasts nowadays?

    • Droidzilla

      Mainly YouTube and Google Music for me. I love the Google Music interface on the TV, and it’s an easy way for me to get my songs on the living room stereo. Pandora is also nice, but I’m afraid of the UI causing screen burn in for my plasma TV (the Google Music app on Chromecast is at least smart enough to change the screen now and again to avoid this).

    • WAldenIV

      I watch the BPL on weekends by casting a tab on NBC Sports Extra.

  • Ryan

    I am disappointed with chrome cast. I was hoping for more app availability or atleast playing videos from a mobile device. I know its still beta but it has been out for awhile.

    • JMonkeYJ

      I use mine all the time, so it was worth it for me, but I have to say I am also disappointed that it hasn’t been more open for developers.

      • Justin W

        I mainly use mine for Netflix and occasionally Play Music, but other than that, I really don’t consume other media. Sure, screenshare would be nice, and better-designed Tab Casting would be preferable (ever tried casting a tab? If anyone else on your WiFi tries to get on the web, everything lags horribly, occasionally losing it’s connection), but overall I’m happy with the purchase.

        Netflix, however, needs to redesign it’s Chromecast configuration – I want it to continue playing a series after an episode is done unless I close the app or whatnot. Minor nitpick, but I don’t think I’m the only one with the request.

        • JMonkeYJ

          I’ve had good luck tab casting when my laptop is in the same room as the Chromecast, but that’s certainly not ideal, especially since my Xbox streams media being transcoded in real-time from across the house no problem, which is pretty similar.

          • Justin W

            Yeah, I can stream Netflix to my phone from the very edge of where my WiFi reaches (it’s an 802.11ac router and I’m using a G Note3 or Nexus 7 2013) and have no buffer times, but with my Chromecast <8ft away from my router, I can't cast my tabs in anything greater than the lowest quality without massive delays, lags, screen freezes, audio lags, etc. During these situations, my laptop is plugged in via ethernet, and the only devices I use on that router are my devices for Chromecast (I'll use other devices on it, but not when I'm casting), and if anyone else uses WiFi, they are on a separate router, yet I still have issues with it :(

            It feels to me like it's more of a compression issue rather than an encoding and decoding issue though – if they could compress the stream to a smaller bitrate while retaining most of the quality (read: in 720p or higher), then I would absolutely use it for Twitch, non-supported video channels like Vevo or Vine, etc.

            Overall though, I'm happy with my purchase. I got the 3 months of free Netflix with it (I already subscribed prior to that, so it was a bonus to me), and it's well worth it even without the $30 off my Netflix. It could be worth so much more though if they would iron out these issues.

      • kindrudekid

        now if it had an audio jack for me to plug in my speakers…. a la airplay

        • Kevin

          If you hooked it up to a home theater receiver, would that not be similar?

          • Stephen Zipprich

            I agree it would be nice to be able to plug audio directly into the Chromecast. My receiver, for some reason, doesn’t output audio through HDMI, so I have to plug the Chromecast into my TV and output audio from the TV to the receiver, but for some reason the TV doesn’t pass 5.1 through the optical cable. Either that or the Chromecast isn’t sending a 5.1 signal through the TV. Or something.

          • Kevin

            Your TV isn’t passing 5.1 over optical, unfortunately. Many have the same limitation, actually. It’s odd that your receiver doesn’t do audio over HDMI, though. Mine is about 4 years old and does it. Now is a really good time to look into getting a new one since you can get a really decent one from Harmon Kardon, Onkyo, Pioneer, etc. for $200-300 when before you had to pay $500-600 for those same features. That being said, I don’t disagree that being able to plug in a pair of speakers or something to an audio output would be a welcome feature.

          • Gr8Ray

            You might just need to enable it. My older Sony AVR has an option to enable/disable audio over HDMI, so yours might also. Dig into the owners manual for 5 mins, it might be hiding in one of the menus.

        • Michael Suriel

          I have my chromecast plugged directly into my 5.1 surround sound set. You should give it a try.

          • Justin W

            Mine’s plugged into my TV, which is hooked up to my AV setup, and it works pretty well, IMO. The only technical issue I have is the tab casting I described above.

    • Droidzilla

      I’d say it’s coming along fine. Pandora’s been added since release and HBO Go coming soon; others are sure to follow once they get wind how many Chromecasts are out there. I’d expect to see Spotify, Amazon Videos, and maybe even Ultraviolet and HULU+ by this time next year.

    • tyguy829

      the sdk is still in a private preview. once it opens up, the chromecast will become much more useful

    • NexusMan

      Well, we know that HBO Go is coming soon, which is a great and welcome addition. I’m happy with it, though. Of course, any additionall functionality is welcome, I use it all the time for YouTube and Netflix…and it was only $35.

    • sski66

      Just asking what kind of videos are you talking about, I use it for Netflix, Google Play videos & movies, Youtube, Play Music, all from my N7…

      • Ryan

        I have videos on my phone downloaded and taken from my phone that I would like use instead of a slim port adapter. I would like the SDK released for dev support. Also i have Wi-Fi constantly being knocked out when streaming anything from my computer but my G2 is fine.

    • Godzilla

      it’s $35 and in its infancy