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GOOGLE CHOMECAST IMPRESSIONS Hi guys, as promised I finally got…

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.

Google Chromecast – Impressions Coming Soon

One of my coworkers told me about the Google Chromecast on Wednesday, and we were able to get one shipped to us with next day shipping from Amazon by Thursday.  I’ve been playing with it for a little bit and hope to put together a small video by the end of next week showing what you can do with it!  Stay tuned if you are interested in it.

For now, if you want to know more about it, here’s some links, including a tear down, and a comparison between the Chromecast and AirPlay