GOOGLE CHOMECAST IMPRESSIONS
Hi guys, as promised I finally got around to making a Chromecast Impressions video. I talk about what Google’s $35 Chromecast is, a little bit about what is under the hood, and then show startup, Youtube playback, Netflix, and Google Play Music playback.
INTERNET ONLY (FOR NOW)
Currently the Chromecast plays back Internet only content. There are some hacks where people were able to write a Java based webserver that ran in their desktop Chrome applications, but I did not see a way to use that yet as a solution for playing back your local media. It may be a possibility soon though.
SHOULD I BUY ONE?
If you check out the end of the video, I say that I think that if you are looking for a comprehensive media playback solution you should look somewhere else, but honestly, the Chromecast is not bad for $35. If you are just looking to turn any old TV in your house into a smart TV the Chromecast is definitely a cheap choice, and while it still does not have a lot of support from vendors other than Google, companies such as HBO, Pandora and Hulu have announced support.
I would suggest if you are interested in being able to play back Internet only content, grab one. If you are looking at something to playback you local library, skip this one, and look somewhere else.