2nd Gen Chromecast Said to Launch Soon, Basically Confirms Our Report From May

In a preview post for this year’s Google I/O, we told you that a new Chromecast was on the way, one that would sport a new form factor that would also allow users to attach the device to any speaker, making almost any audio product in your house Cast-ready. We were hopeful that Google might mention it during I/O, but in reality, our sources told us to expect the device in Q3 and at the same $35 price point. Fast forward to today, and 9to5Google has all but confirmed that report with a leak that shares even more on the new Chromecast.

According to this new report, the new Chromecast will change form factors, include some sort of feed service through its main screen and improved WiFi, a new feature called “Fast Play,” and will have a way to connect to almost any speaker for audio casting. (more…)

HBO NOW, Among Others, Now Supports Chromecast

HBO Now, the standalone HBO streaming service that requires no ties to a cable provider, received an update this morning to allow for Chromecast support. Now, instead of watching your favorite shows such as Eastbound & Down and Game of Thrones, or fantastic movie titles like Jersey Boys on a tiny display, you can cast them to the big screen HDTV in your living room.  (more…)

Deal: Refurbished Chromecast for Just $20 at Groupon

Google’s Chromecast is available from Groupon for the next couple of days at the low price of just $20. This is a “manufacturer” refurbished dongle, but do you really care? $20 for a device that attaches to the back of your TV for streaming of almost all the things is a heck of a deal.

We are expecting Google to bring us a new one this quarter, but still, this is a good deal if you don’t already own a Chromecast or need an extra for another TV.

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Deal: Best Buy Slashes Fire TV Stick to $25 Today Only ($15 Off)

Amazon’s Fire TV  Stick is today’s deal of the day through Best Buy with a $15 discount that drops the price to $25. If you wanted to get into the dongle-to-streaming game and have yet to buy a Chromecast, this deal gets you there even if it is through Amazon’s option.

With the Fire TV Stick, you plug the HDMI-ready dongle into a port on your TV or display, connect to WiFi, then stream music, movies, and all sorts of other content through partners like Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Pandora, and ESPN. You can even game on the Fire TV Stick.

Amazon says the Fire TV Stick comes with 4x the storage and 2x the memory of Chromecast, so if you are a Chromecast owner, this might even be a nice little upgrade.

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Deal: Buy 2 Chromecast Dongles and Save $15 on Google Store

For who knows how long, you can save $15 when you buy two Chromecast dongles over on the Google Store. Regularly priced at $35 a piece, bringing the price of two to $70, this deal means you only need to pay $55 for the pair.

Alongside this solid deal from the Google Store, Amazon is offering up a $10 Amazon gift card when you purchase the dongle from their store. The product is also listed at $5 under retail, so it’s deals on deals today for Chromecast.  (more…)

Enjoy a Free Movie Rental on Google to Celebrate Chromecast Turning 2

The Chromecast is turning two! Crazy to think that Google’s little dongle (mind out of the gutter) has been around for two years already. I can’t really think of another gadget in recent memory that has made such a difference at such an affordable price. $35 out of your pocket and you have the ultimate streaming machine.

Anyways, to celebrate the birthday, Google is giving away a free movie rental.  (more…)

Chromecast Gets an Ethernet Adapter for Those Spotty WiFi Rooms in Your House

You know how your Chromecast is tucked behind your TV, in a basement family room, far away from your wireless router, and so its connection typically isn’t the best? Google wants to fix that with a power source for the Chromecast that doubles as an ethernet adapter.

The accessory popped up today on the Google Store, but has since sold out (or was pulled by Google). Assuming it shows up again with stock, Google wants $15 for it. That’s not a terrible price for a power/ethernet adapter, but it seems a bit crazy knowing that the actual Chromecast unit runs just $35.

Anyone interested? If so, we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s back in stock. (more…)