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2013-07-25 01:59:48 PM
Hopefully in the next year this will stream a lot more great content. For $35 I'm willing to give this a shot as opposed to the $300 Nexus Q was priced at.
 
2013-07-25 02:08:23 PM

skinink: Hopefully in the next year this will stream a lot more great content. For $35 I'm willing to give this a shot as opposed to the $300 Nexus Q was priced at.


I had the same thought. I have an AppleTV already that I use and like very much. For $35 (minus the free Netflix offer) it's worth a shot so I bought one. I really hope they go beyond snagging online streams and allow for Airplay-like features. I saw something like that was being tested, so hopefully they go through with it.

Of course they could just pull the plug in 6 months.
 
2013-07-25 02:11:21 PM
While they may have something with this in the future that makes it interesting, right now I don't see any reason to get yet another device that plays Netflix and YouTube videos on my TV.  I can already watch a movie on my phone or laptop, pause it, fire up the TV and start watching right where I left off.
 
2013-07-25 02:13:16 PM
So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv? I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.
 
2013-07-25 02:15:37 PM

smoky2010: So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv? I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.


VGA? Ew. At least get something hi-def.
 
2013-07-25 02:17:05 PM

Honest Bender: smoky2010: So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv? I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.

VGA? Ew. At least get something hi-def.


I don't have cable do I have an old toughbook hooked up to the tv. I didn't have hd before so it looks the same.
 
2013-07-25 02:27:37 PM
Everyone should google their dongle. Just in case.
 
2013-07-25 02:29:10 PM

smoky2010: So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv?


Or any computer or tablet in your house.

 I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.

VGA cable? Oh, man. That display must look like ass. You should at least try one when they come out, I have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the difference high def can make.
 
2013-07-25 02:31:04 PM
I'm looking forward to some broader support from app, which will probably come since the SDK looks pretty straight forward. No local content is a bit of a bummer, but Plex may work at some point.

But on the subject of non-web content, the Chrome tab mirroring using WebRTC, and that could potentially open it up to being a second screen mirror for lots of thing.
 
2013-07-25 02:33:39 PM

Dragonflew: smoky2010: So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv?

Or any computer or tablet in your house.

 I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.

VGA cable? Oh, man. That display must look like ass. You should at least try one when they come out, I have a feeling you will be pleasantly surprised when you see the difference high def can make.


Actually it's not bad. The tv acts as a monitor, the resolution it set to 1680 x 968 or something like that. It's either this or nothing. When I get a new laptop I may look to get an hd output.

I'm surprised how good the 4 year old laptop does.
 
2013-07-25 02:38:42 PM
smoky2010:Actually it's not bad. The tv acts as a monitor, the resolution it set to 1680 x 968 or something like that. It's either this or nothing. When I get a new laptop I may look to get an hd output.

I'm surprised how good the 4 year old laptop does.


I suppose it would be fine for video.  I tried using a laptop as a PC as opposed to just a video player over a VGA cable.  Text was almost unreadable.

But think about it... for $35, you can stretch the life of that laptop and have high definition output from it.  That's a heck of a lot cheaper than a new laptop.

I'll be getting one of these the day they are released in Canada (or find a way to get one before then). I have a lot of media on different computers and it's a pain trucking my laptop all over the house to hook up to TVs.  $35 is worth the convenience to me.
 
2013-07-25 02:41:50 PM

Dragonflew: smoky2010:Actually it's not bad. The tv acts as a monitor, the resolution it set to 1680 x 968 or something like that. It's either this or nothing. When I get a new laptop I may look to get an hd output.

I'm surprised how good the 4 year old laptop does.

I suppose it would be fine for video.  I tried using a laptop as a PC as opposed to just a video player over a VGA cable.  Text was almost unreadable.

But think about it... for $35, you can stretch the life of that laptop and have high definition output from it.  That's a heck of a lot cheaper than a new laptop.

I'll be getting one of these the day they are released in Canada (or find a way to get one before then). I have a lot of media on different computers and it's a pain trucking my laptop all over the house to hook up to TVs.  $35 is worth the convenience to me.


I'm in it guy so I'd buy the laptop anyway.
Yes if you try to use it as for stuff like email it's harder to read.
 
2013-07-25 02:45:28 PM
Not trying to turn this into a "ditching cable" thread but we are ditching cable again and wondered what service is worth the money aside from netflix.  Tried the Huluplus again and was disappointed..again.  Vudu just seems to be on demand/pass as does Amazon.  Any third party legit streamers out there that have the content and work?  I tried a lot of legit services and always end up going to tvmuse or watchseries to actually watch stuff-with sadly some of the least hassle.  If a couple of farkers could direct me to a service/site or two I would sure appreciate it.  Thanks in advance :)
 
2013-07-25 02:50:35 PM
Ohhh, hold the phone... it will not stream local media? Requires a micro-usb connection to power it? Yeah, I may hold off for a bit after all.
 
2013-07-25 02:52:47 PM
In the end, it's about the  future of  payTV

Not thanks.  I'm going for a 24x7 torrent downloading machine seeded off of RSS feeds with piecemeal downloads via torrent remote on my phone.
 
2013-07-25 02:55:32 PM

kimmygibblershomework: Not trying to turn this into a "ditching cable" thread but we are ditching cable again and wondered what service is worth the money aside from netflix.  Tried the Huluplus again and was disappointed..again.  Vudu just seems to be on demand/pass as does Amazon.  Any third party legit streamers out there that have the content and work?  I tried a lot of legit services and always end up going to tvmuse or watchseries to actually watch stuff-with sadly some of the least hassle.  If a couple of farkers could direct me to a service/site or two I would sure appreciate it.  Thanks in advance :)


I have been cable free since January. I use the websites of networks to watch some stuff but use YouTube for most of what I watch. I don't have any subscriptions to any websites. I did just rent a movie from cinema now which is best buy and that went pretty good.

For local news I stream the local channel.
 
2013-07-25 03:19:30 PM

Dragonflew: Ohhh, hold the phone... it will not stream local media? Requires a micro-usb connection to power it? Yeah, I may hold off for a bit after all.


Streaming local content from a tablet or phone might be problematic with battery life.  I don't imagine it will take too long for someone to do a DNLA streaming app for it so you can pull stuff off various local devices.
 
2013-07-25 03:31:19 PM

Driedsponge: Dragonflew: Ohhh, hold the phone... it will not stream local media? Requires a micro-usb connection to power it? Yeah, I may hold off for a bit after all.

Streaming local content from a tablet or phone might be problematic with battery life.  I don't imagine it will take too long for someone to do a DNLA streaming app for it so you can pull stuff off various local devices.


I'm hoping so. I wasn't really planning to use it with my phone/tablet (except for a remote), but it would be great to just leave my computer upstairs if I wanted to watch a movie downstairs.

And I have since discovered that it comes with a micro-USB-to-power adapter, so it can be plugged in.  Which is good, as I have no USB port on my TV.  I would still rather not have to plug it into anything, but HDMI doesn't power devices, and an internal battery in the Chromecast would die pretty quickly.
 
2013-07-25 03:32:07 PM

Honest Bender: smoky2010: So this would replace the cable between my laptop and my tv? I'll pass, I can get vga cables for free.

VGA? Ew. At least get something hi-def.


VGA can transmit high definition and, theoretically, has no limit to the resolution it can transmit.  The video card on the computer may be a limiting factor as may be the VGA port on the TV/monitor used.  It is analog, but (at least as far as what we currently consider high definition) that has nothing to do with the video resolution it can handle.
 
2013-07-25 03:35:17 PM
Meh. Buy a Roku. Better purchase, worth the time, doesn't require a passthrough device.
 
2013-07-25 03:39:57 PM
They have a decent price point. I'll give it a shot, even though I can already do everything I've seen this it can do with my current setup.
 
2013-07-25 03:52:34 PM
 
2013-07-25 04:09:46 PM
So would plugging chromecast into a Google TV be like dividing by zero?
 
2013-07-25 04:12:56 PM

McPoonDanlcrat: So would plugging chromecast into a Google TV be like dividing by zero?


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2013-07-25 05:55:26 PM
Can you google your dongle in public without getting arrested?
 
2013-07-25 05:58:53 PM
What happened to ChromeKey?
 
2013-07-25 06:02:05 PM
Cool it with the dongle jokes before someone tweets your picture and gets you fired.
 
2013-07-25 06:06:48 PM

Dragonflew: Driedsponge: Dragonflew: Ohhh, hold the phone... it will not stream local media? Requires a micro-usb connection to power it? Yeah, I may hold off for a bit after all.

Streaming local content from a tablet or phone might be problematic with battery life.  I don't imagine it will take too long for someone to do a DNLA streaming app for it so you can pull stuff off various local devices.

I'm hoping so. I wasn't really planning to use it with my phone/tablet (except for a remote), but it would be great to just leave my computer upstairs if I wanted to watch a movie downstairs.

And I have since discovered that it comes with a micro-USB-to-power adapter, so it can be plugged in.  Which is good, as I have no USB port on my TV.  I would still rather not have to plug it into anything, but HDMI doesn't power devices, and an internal battery in the Chromecast would die pretty quickly.


I read that it streams directly, not through the device that launched the video.
 
2013-07-25 06:44:05 PM

stevetherobot: I read that it streams directly, not through the device that launched the video.


Of course... that would make more sense, wouldn't it?
 
2013-07-25 06:58:07 PM
Is this any different than the myriad of these same streaming TV USB devices that you see in dimly-lit corners of the "electronics" section of your local drug store?  You know, the ones that never seem to go down in stock, always with a $19.99 pricetag?
 
2013-07-25 07:34:39 PM

Somaticasual: Is this any different than the myriad of these same streaming TV USB devices that you see in dimly-lit corners of the "electronics" section of your local drug store?  You know, the ones that never seem to go down in stock, always with a $19.99 pricetag?


global.fncstatic.com
...yeah, I'd say so.

d1i5hrhrkrdgdj.cloudfront.net
 
2013-07-25 07:41:59 PM

RectalFury: Somaticasual: Is this any different than the myriad of these same streaming TV USB devices that you see in dimly-lit corners of the "electronics" section of your local drug store?  You know, the ones that never seem to go down in stock, always with a $19.99 pricetag?

[global.fncstatic.com image 660x371]
...yeah, I'd say so.

[d1i5hrhrkrdgdj.cloudfront.net image 565x370]


And where is the HDMI plug to plug into a television?

Those things are for people who don't know where to find free streaming content on the internet, they're for computers and not TVs.
 
2013-07-25 08:03:47 PM
I might get one just for You Tube, unless Roku finally gets it.  WTF Roku?  It's the one thing missing.  I still wonder if Google has been cock blocking them because they had this thing coming out.
 
2013-07-25 08:54:09 PM
This device just seems weirdly complicated compared to a Roku, which is a much simpler concept for customers to grasp. I predict Google TV like sales numbers outside of the Google faithful, despite the low price.
 
2013-07-25 09:01:08 PM
Back when Google stock went Public my teenaged self tried his best to convince his stock purchasing family friend to load up. I bet now she wished she would have listened. My 'feelings" are never wrong, good or bad. Whether it be that Google stock will make me rich, that my house was broken into, or that my mother has lung cancer. If I could only put my quasi-psychic ability to a practical use.
 
2013-07-25 10:18:48 PM

Shrugging Atlas: I might get one just for You Tube, unless Roku finally gets it.  WTF Roku?  It's the one thing missing.  I still wonder if Google has been cock blocking them because they had this thing coming out.


Get the Roku and get Twonky for iOS or Android and do the exact same thing this device do but more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IghTBV3FwWo
/Seams Roku maybe in the same boat as WP when it come to some Google devices http://streamfree.tv/blog/youtube/  aka Google have competing devices e.g Google TV and Android that they just won't make anything for others official
 
2013-07-25 10:35:12 PM

Somaticasual: Is this any different than the myriad of these same streaming TV USB devices that you see in dimly-lit corners of the "electronics" section of your local drug store?  You know, the ones that never seem to go down in stock, always with a $19.99 pricetag?


It's not much different from the Plair, except the Chromecast will have developers rushing tow rote apps for it and content providers rushing to make their content Chromecast aware.

Plair just got Sherlocked.   I just felt the anguished cries of $millions from venture capitalists.
 
2013-07-26 02:03:03 AM

Dragonflew: RectalFury: Somaticasual: Is this any different than the myriad of these same streaming TV USB devices that you see in dimly-lit corners of the "electronics" section of your local drug store?  You know, the ones that never seem to go down in stock, always with a $19.99 pricetag?

[global.fncstatic.com image 660x371]
...yeah, I'd say so.

[d1i5hrhrkrdgdj.cloudfront.net image 565x370]

And where is the HDMI plug to plug into a television?

Those things are for people who don't know where to find free streaming content on the internet, they're for computers and not TVs.


After seeing too many commercials for those RabbitTV things I finally did a little research.   I knew it sounded too good to be true and it didn't take very long to find out that in fact, it was a complete piece of crap.
 
2013-07-26 09:41:44 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: Shrugging Atlas: I might get one just for You Tube, unless Roku finally gets it.  WTF Roku?  It's the one thing missing.  I still wonder if Google has been cock blocking them because they had this thing coming out.

Get the Roku and get Twonky for iOS or Android and do the exact same thing this device do but more http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IghTBV3FwWo
/Seams Roku maybe in the same boat as WP when it come to some Google devices http://streamfree.tv/blog/youtube/  aka Google have competing devices e.g Google TV and Android that they just won't make anything for others official


Dude that's awesome.  Thanks!
 
2013-07-26 10:06:16 AM
For $35 I took a chance. Will try it on a secondary TV.
 
2013-07-26 10:51:44 AM
We have several programs that we use at my job that require dongles.  They are extremely frustrating to use
in practice.

And that word never fails to make me giggle.  Just like "Blue Peter".
 
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