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Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player
Streams full-screen videos from Netflix and YouTube
Control videos from computer or mobile device
Must go to Chromecast Website to learn when new apps become compatible
No central control panel or app
Clumsy to pause video streaming from a phone when a call comes in
- Google's Chromecast is cheap and streams iPlayer, Netflix, YouTube and Google content to your TV using phones, tablets or computers as remotes. It's easy to setup and use, and the video quality is great.
- Not enough services are supported yet and screen-mirroring sucks for video. The lack of a dedicated remote also means you always need a smartphone or tablet nearby, plus for £20 less, you can get a re-badged Roku box from Now TV that includes iPlayer.
Technically, the Chromecast is a wonder to behold. If all you want is a cheap way to get iPlayer and Netflix, it's a good choice, but it needs more content before it becomes a must-buy for most.
The Google Chromecast isn't the perfect fit for everyone. Those who just want a simple, one-box source to watch Netflix and other Web-based content on their TV will be happier with a Roku or Apple TV. However, if you're a smartphone, tablet, or laptop owner who's looking for an easy, inexpensive way to get your favorite Web-based content off the small screen and into your home theater environment, the Google Chromecast is definitely a must-see. It's an awesome little device that works exactly as advertised and has plenty of room to grow. Yes, the number of officially supported services is low right now, but I expect to see the list grow quickly ... and if it doesn't, well, you still only spent $35 to get Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play, and Web browsing on your big screen.
Inget betygGoogle Chromecast review
Functional and simple
Chrome tab mirroring useful
Full picture quality when cloud streaming
Android & iOS support
Great prospects in Chromecast
Only Netflix, YouTube & Google Play Movies app support
Mirroring requires powerful PC/Mac but tops at 720p
Local media streaming not optimal yet, stutter & audio sync issues
No device-to-device streaming
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