Skip to comments.Google’s simple device will shake up television
Posted on 07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thinking of C-SPAN from their Archives.
By Carol Kopp
Heres what all the noise was about on Monday morning.
At Netflix headquarters, people were cheering. At the big cable companies , they were shaking in their boots. At Amazon , one executive might have been trying to explain what went wrong.
At Google , they were just quietly smiling.
It was all about a thumb-size, $35 gadget called Google Chromecast that came out last week with little fanfare, almost as an afterthought to the announcement of a new version of its Nexus 7 tablet.
Its sold out already, with more stock due in three or four weeks.
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Worth a shot for $35.
Dongle Power!! WHY NOT?
We already live in a radiated environment.. I still haven’t setup my wireless HDTV internet thingy crap yet.. Dongle be there.. ready to go..
R U GooGle configured?
Will get the link to an Anandtech article for those interested in technical detail.
In a Nutshell: Use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Android tablet and the like to "stream" YouTube, Netflix and other services (to be named later) to your HDTV. I put "stream" in quotes because that not how it really works. The streaming is straight from the Internet to the ChromeCast which is plugged in to an HDMI port on your HDTV.
What do you get out of that? A nice remote that's also your phone. It has a keyboard and mouse called your finger. Much better than using the clumsy interfaces that come with the normal HDTV Apps for these functions.
This is a very big deal. Partly because of the $35.
by Brian Klug on July 29, 2013 9:45 PM EST
So I have a confession to make I didnt hate the Nexus Q. While I didnt necessarily love it and use it daily like a small minority of my peers did, I also didnt immediately declare the product an unmitigated disaster like the vast majority of people. The fate of that product was so quickly decided that I hadnt even begun writing my review when the whole thing was terminated. When I spoke with Googlers about Nexus Q, what was obvious to me was that the Q had begun as an audio-only product that later on had HDMI added, and that tiny bit of context made all the difference in understanding the choices behind it. I left the Nexus Q plugged into my AV Receiver up until the most recent set of Google Play apps killed functionality entirely.
Don’t need to setup anything... Connect with a Slimport cable and it happens automatically!
Analogix SlimPort... Pretty cool
USB is useful but not required. But HDMI is. USB is only used for power.
Yes, you need a WiFi source.
Functionally it works the same as a smart TV. But the remote you use to control the video is your phone or tablet. That's a way better interface than you get with typical HDTV App. Plus it's $35. That undercuts the Apple TV etc guys.
Thanks for the info.
Not sure what a SMART TV is?
I’m guessing you better have the bandwidth to support this constamt streaming or the rest of your household users will be looking at pageloads for a long time, like dial-up in the old days.
I meant “Bet me.”
That stuff is way over my head!
It’s really not that terribly revolutionary. I’ve been able to do the same thing with my bluray for years with DLNA. The only real drawback is most DLNA software kind of sucks, but wide open software to communicate between unlike devices tends to be rough (too many variables, not enough steering the user). By making their own software just to communicate to their own device they’re making an identical process easier.
I think it uses an HDMI connection, not a USB connection.
The big thing is allowing you to move content, including streaming content, from your PC to your TV. Smart TVs are still heavily limited on their ability to stream content, mostly relying on app written for specific sources (Netflix, HBOGo, Amazon). Some have browsers but their browsers tend to stink, so if there’s some streaming content on nbc.com you want to see you probably have to see it on you computer, because your TV either can’t get to it or can’t understand it. Enter DLNA and/ or the Chrome thingy: bring up the video on your computer, share it with yourself, stream it to your TV. Also handy for non-stream stuff on your computer, though if you’ve got USB on your TV sneakernet will still probably be easier on that front.
If you’re old enough, you’ll remember how cable TV was going to shake up television. No more commercials with cable TV!
Exactly. My Sony HDTV/PS3 together can already do all of these things.
This reminds me. Why haven't I cancelled my cable yet?
Sounds like RabbitTV - I picked one of those up for 10 bucks does the same thing. Movies, TV episodes, music that is posted on the internet can be viewed on any USB TV/Computer that is internet connected wifi or otherwise.
Do you have a smart phone or a tablet,
Google has a app that you download I guess....
Got to read thru the Anandtech article again...I think it is possible to run it from a computer...but the handheld adroid would be better.
Been looking at those...but I need BIG text and icons.
I will gloat over the demise of the cable companies. The future is unlimited choices using the internet, and viewed on a computer or on a TV.
I already get this on my smart TV. Browser, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and a host of other apps. I guess this is something I’ll pass on.
I see. Yes, this is improved over what I have. I can watch youtube seamlessly on my TV but I am limited as to what else I can stream.
I prefer big-screen TVs. I’m not going to try and watch microbe-sized people on a phone or tablet.
Why is this being so hyped? There is already the Roku, which has faster Ethernet available, not just wireless.
*snort!* Yeah, I remember when MTV first debuted, and Band Members on the VJ timeslots promoting it: Commercial-Free Rock and Roll! "I Want My MTV!"
That did not last long...
Do I have to unplug my Logitech Google TV box to use this /sarc
Rabbit TB... Any tips on using it? It seems to require ‘Doze-XP at least, and since I run a Linux setup I still have not figured out how to get it going thus far. I mean, how hard could they possibly make it? About five megs of actual program code, but it justs faceplants no matter what settings I input under Wine.
Yeah, those sub-thumb size displays require really young eyes.
Guess because it has the Google name on it.
So ....who or what is AERO?
We “cut the cord” several weeks ago and don’t particularly miss it.
We’re able to pick up quite a few channels with a cheap over-the-air antenna and the picture quality is great even if the programming is bad. But cable is similar—hundreds of channels of garbage except you get to pay for it.
For subscription services, we’re trying Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, but we’ll be dropping Hulu soon as we haven’t used it much. And even without subscription services, between the PC and various smart TV apps, there’s a ton of content available.
The transition’s been really easy and we don’t miss cable except for a few minor things that we’ll soon come to forget. If you’re considering it, go for it. Can always re-subscribe to cable if it doesn’t suit you.
this should free up a lot of spectrum...
If they had gone “ala cart” years ago, instead of having congress get involve and ruling it out, they would have survived this new age. I don’t want MTV. I don’t want MSNBC but I’m FORCED to have it as part of a package.
If true free market reigned, many of these stations would be long out of business.
The cable companies now wonder why they are becoming obsolete after forcing us to buy bundles of crap.
I only want maybe 8 channels. The rest is garbage.
Let me pay for my 8 channels. It’s not a matter of economics, it’s a matter of I don’t want the rest of those channels broadcast into my home because I have children.
I remember the petitions in movie house lobbies to stop pay TV.
I've got PlayOn running on an office computer, so I can pull it in through the PlayOn private channel on the Roku... just wondering what other options there were.
I guess this new product explains why YouTube/Google has persisted in shutting out Roku users.
Yeah real hard to do. Its called an HDMI cable and you hook your computer up as a monitor. Wally World has em for about 12 bucks.
Oh yeah, and don’t tell me I can “block channels”. BS, just resetting the cable box brings them back, as does every reset by the cable company every few days.
The commercials about “blocking the channels” is a bunch of malarkey! It is funded by congress btw as a PSA of all things (which we can’t afford to promote cable companies). It’s a joke. If you are a parent, you know what I mean.
If you are paying for cable you are paying those channels money, even if you do block them.
If streaming content is a viable option for you, take a hard look at cancelling cable. You might miss a few things at first but you’ll adapt and find other options.
Also, I think as more and more people cut the cord, networks will be looking to get their content onto subscription services faster. Right now it’s still a fairly new phenomenon but the networks will have to adapt or their content will wind up virtually invisible.
Hopefully leftwing Google will let us subscribe to any conservative channel if someone bothers to create one