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Google’s simple device will shake up television
Marketwatch ^ | July 31, 2013, 7:18 a.m. EDT | Carol Kopp

Posted on 07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Commentary: Easy to watch anything on the Internet on your TV

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By Carol Kopp

Here’s 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.

It’s sold out already, with more stock due in three or four weeks.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: appletv; boxee; chrome; chromecast; google; googlechronecast; googleplay; hdtv; hitech; netflix; pandora; prolefeed; roku; simpletv; television; vastwasteland; youtube
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1 posted on 07/31/2013 12:17:59 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Worth a shot for $35.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 12:20:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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?

Slam dunk.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 12:20:56 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: Las Vegas Dave; Marine_Uncle; SunkenCiv
fyi

Will get the link to an Anandtech article for those interested in technical detail.

4 posted on 07/31/2013 12:21:12 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“Even grandma can set this thing up,” he told MarketWatch.

Bet me.

5 posted on 07/31/2013 12:22:44 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Google Chromecast is a USB device or “dongle” that plugs directly into any HDTV so that you can wirelessly play video and music from the Internet on a big screen.
First of all, your TV has to have a USB connection.
Second, you have to have a WiFi source.
Third, how is this different from a smart TV or smart BlueRay player?
6 posted on 07/31/2013 12:25:27 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I was going to order one of these or buy it at Best Buy. Sorry folks. Sold out. Need to wait about month before you can plunk down your $35.

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.

7 posted on 07/31/2013 12:27:10 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: All
Anantech review....how do you use this little thingy?

Google Chromecast Review - An Awesome $35 HDMI Dongle

by Brian Klug on July 29, 2013 9:45 PM EST

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So I have a confession to make – I didn’t hate the Nexus Q. While I didn’t necessarily love it and use it daily like a small minority of my peers did, I also didn’t immediately declare the product an unmitigated disaster like the vast majority of people. The fate of that product was so quickly decided that I hadn’t 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.

8 posted on 07/31/2013 12:27:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge

Don’t need to setup anything... Connect with a Slimport cable and it happens automatically!

Analogix SlimPort... Pretty cool

http://www.financialpost.com/m/markets/news/Analogix+Semiconductor+SlimPort+Expands+Display+Options+Google+Nexus/8725280/story.html


9 posted on 07/31/2013 12:27:26 PM PDT by WomBom ("I read Free Republic for the pictures")
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To: oh8eleven
Third, how is this different from a smart TV or smart BlueRay player?

No difference.

10 posted on 07/31/2013 12:29:36 PM PDT by BipolarBob
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To: oh8eleven
First of all, your TV has to have a USB connection. Second, you have to have a WiFi source. Third, how is this different from a smart TV or smart BlueRay player?

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.

11 posted on 07/31/2013 12:30:36 PM PDT by InterceptPoint
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To: InterceptPoint

Thanks for the info.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 12:32:26 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: onyx
Did you mean...."Bit me"?

See #7,

13 posted on 07/31/2013 12:33:37 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: oh8eleven
If you have a fairly recent flat screen TV with an HDMI you can make it a wireless TV.

Not sure what a SMART TV is?

14 posted on 07/31/2013 12:36:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


15 posted on 07/31/2013 12:37:06 PM PDT by Obadiah (Inside of every Liberal beats the heart of a fascist yearning to reveal their true nature.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

No.
I meant “Bet me.”

That stuff is way over my head!


16 posted on 07/31/2013 12:39:54 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


17 posted on 07/31/2013 12:41:32 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: oh8eleven

I think it uses an HDMI connection, not a USB connection.


18 posted on 07/31/2013 12:42:24 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks. I don't plan on purchasing this product, since I
watch only evening news on the boob tube. I don't even allow
my Verizon FIOS modem box to allow any WI FI transmission as well.
But clearly. It looks like this is going to be a very popular technology/product for many to purchase.
19 posted on 07/31/2013 12:44:01 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Galt level is not far away......)
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To: oh8eleven

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.


20 posted on 07/31/2013 12:46:32 PM PDT by discostu (Go do the voodoo that you do so well.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; a fool in paradise

If you’re old enough, you’ll remember how cable TV was going to shake up television. No more commercials with cable TV!


21 posted on 07/31/2013 12:46:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: oh8eleven
First of all, your TV has to have a USB connection.
Second, you have to have a WiFi source.
Third, how is this different from a smart TV or smart BlueRay player?

Exactly. My Sony HDTV/PS3 together can already do all of these things.

This reminds me. Why haven't I cancelled my cable yet?

22 posted on 07/31/2013 12:47:00 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: oh8eleven

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.


23 posted on 07/31/2013 12:48:51 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: onyx
Geez...I meant to say ....did you mean ...But me

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.

24 posted on 07/31/2013 12:49:47 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Google’s simple device will shake up television

a remote control that only has an "off" button?


25 posted on 07/31/2013 12:50:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


26 posted on 07/31/2013 12:50:15 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

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.


27 posted on 07/31/2013 12:50:58 PM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: discostu
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

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.

28 posted on 07/31/2013 12:51:07 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I prefer big-screen TVs. I’m not going to try and watch microbe-sized people on a phone or tablet.


29 posted on 07/31/2013 12:52:13 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: jeffc
OOops. Missed the part about plugging it into a TV...

Heh-heh.....

30 posted on 07/31/2013 12:53:17 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Cheap Roku Box $25 or so on eBay Includes remote. Use PLEX or Twonky - both free. You can run anything from computer or smart phone to you TV in the highest quality it was uploaded including YouTube Vids. Works great for me + I have Netflix that runs through the Roku along with a hundred or so FREE Roku Channels. Older Roku box will display up to 720P and the newer generation like Roku3 will take 1080P both recorded and streaming. Also, you don't need a HDMI TV or HDMI input for all the Roku boxes other than the newest Roku3
Anyway, any questions you might have, message me as I am an expert in these matters. :-)
31 posted on 07/31/2013 12:54:29 PM PDT by Chance Hart
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why is this being so hyped? There is already the Roku, which has faster Ethernet available, not just wireless.


32 posted on 07/31/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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To: Revolting cat!
No more commercials with cable TV!

*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...

33 posted on 07/31/2013 12:56:48 PM PDT by Utilizer (what does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely!)
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To: jeffc
Tje smartphone or tablet is just a control device.

Smarter

34 posted on 07/31/2013 12:59:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Do I have to unplug my Logitech Google TV box to use this /sarc


35 posted on 07/31/2013 12:59:31 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: reed13k

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.


36 posted on 07/31/2013 1:01:02 PM PDT by Utilizer (what does not kill you... -can sometimes damage you QUITE severely!)
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To: jeffc

Yeah, those sub-thumb size displays require really young eyes.


37 posted on 07/31/2013 1:03:16 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: montag813

Guess because it has the Google name on it.


38 posted on 07/31/2013 1:03:52 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: oh8eleven
First of all, your TV has to have a USB connection. Second, you have to have a WiFi source. Third, how is this different from a smart TV or smart BlueRay player?

The chromecast dongle will let you browse via your tablet, smart phone or laptop from your living room. Have you tried to do similar things with a remote control or xbox controller? It stinks! Start to play any video and hit the chromecast icon to send that video to your TV. Unlike Apple TV, it doesn't stream from whatever you used to start the video. You basically tell the dongle what to watch and it connects wireless to your home internet for the connection. It is nice to watch youtube videos on your TV.

It plugs into the TVs HDMI port. The dongle itself has a USB port to be powered. A video review I saw had that going into a wall outlet, like a phone charger. So you need a free HDMI port available. Most flatscreen TVs have several HDMI inputs. Tens of millions of Americans subscribe to netflix, HULU and amazon prime. Now I don't have any experience with Amazon Prime, but I have the other two services. Netflix of course is the most popular. Most ppl watch netflix on their computers. And of the dedicated devices I have personally seen for netflix, it's a bit of meh, because the web site of netflix gives you all the features and ways to search/browse titles. On a "device" like a blu-ray player or xbox, you can't browse titles as nicely (I'd say it's really terrible) as via the website.

I have cut the cord and no longer have cable. I just didn't watch TV often enough, let alone cable channels once I got netflix (and since HULU) to justify the expense. I set up a HTPC to cut the cord with an old PC. It has a TV turner card so I can get over the air broadcast and it records them just like any DVR will. So in that sense, I won't be a customer for this device. However, if I still had cable, and hence no HTPC, I'd be over this gizmo like white on rice. Then again, if you have heard about a company called AERO, it is conceivable that this $35 dollar device could be an all-in-one solution for even me.
39 posted on 07/31/2013 1:08:26 PM PDT by BJ1
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To: BJ1

So ....who or what is AERO?


40 posted on 07/31/2013 1:18:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Drew68

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.


41 posted on 07/31/2013 1:31:27 PM PDT by Nickname
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

this should free up a lot of spectrum...


42 posted on 07/31/2013 1:33:49 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: I want the USA back

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.


43 posted on 07/31/2013 1:34:07 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: Revolting cat!

I remember the petitions in movie house lobbies to stop pay TV.


44 posted on 07/31/2013 1:34:27 PM PDT by Roccus
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To: Chance Hart
Still no official YouTube channel on the Roku, correct? Which video streaming service allows you to tunnel into that content?

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.

45 posted on 07/31/2013 1:34:54 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: discostu
"The big thing is allowing you to move content, including streaming content, from your PC to your TV."

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.

46 posted on 07/31/2013 1:36:58 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: esoxmagnum

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.


47 posted on 07/31/2013 1:37:14 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: esoxmagnum

If you are paying for cable you are paying those channels money, even if you do block them.


48 posted on 07/31/2013 1:39:05 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: esoxmagnum

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.


49 posted on 07/31/2013 1:46:43 PM PDT by Nickname
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To: Nickname

Hopefully leftwing Google will let us subscribe to any conservative channel if someone bothers to create one


50 posted on 07/31/2013 1:49:45 PM PDT by GeronL
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