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What Is the Google Chromecast?

Tech Talker explains Google’s newest device, the Chromecast. Should you buy it? Find out.

By
Eric Escobar
August 1, 2013
Episode #086

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For those of you who don’t scour the internet minute by minute to see the latest updates from the giant tech companies, you may or may not have heard about Google’s brand new product called the Chromecast. This product was released last week as a complete surprise to the tech world. Of course there have always been rumors that Google was working on something, but up until last week they were just that, rumors.

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The timing of this is interesting because just a few weeks ago, I compared some of the best Set-Top Boxes, and Smart TVs on the market to help you find the right one for your home.

In case you need a quick refresher, set-top boxes, media centers, and smart TVs generally have internet connections, can stream services such as Netflix , Hulu, and Pandora, and can give your TV access to tons of apps. If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend checking out these episodes on the Tech Talker channel.

The Chromecast is very similar to some of the devices I mentioned in these episodes. However, the Chromecast was designed to do one thing, and do it very well, and that is to stream video from a device to your TV. Unlike its competitors such as the Apple TV and the Roku, the Chromecast must receive content from a device in order to play it.

How Chromecast Works

Here's how it works: You purchase a small piece of hardware that looks like an oversized flash drive. You plug it into the HDMI port on your Smart TV, where it acts as any other input. From there, it connects to the wireless network in your house, and that’s pretty much all there is to it.

So now let’s look at how you would use it...

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