Barb Gonzalez, aka the Simple Tech Guru, and Mark Henninger, AVS Forum Newsbreaker, discuss their experience with Google's Chromecast media streamer, including what it is and what it does, what streaming outlets are available, how it differs from other media streamers and from Google TV, the difference between using it with iOS, Android, and computers running the Chrome browser, what they would like to see added to it in the future, how well it works in terms of stream reliability and AV quality, answers to chat-room questions, and more.
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Actual phone call (see pic to left):
Tech (responding to laughter): "I'm sorry sir, did I miss something?"
Me: "Yeah, a case of Diet Mountain Dew walking across my living room."
There's over 15 million appletv's installed in the US, 5+ million Rokus and god knows how many other STSB's. All this, never mind "smart tvs" with more and more content built right into the set. Let's see if we're still talking about this thing in 12 months. The price point is wonderful, but the fact that it's a droopy-eyed, armless child when it comes to ios devices (and other avenues) is not a little problem, but an 800lb pink gorilla.
Sure, but the fuscia elephant in the room was the lack of an iTunes-type ecosystem for Android users. Since getting my Chromecast, I've already switched from renting movies from iTunes to renting from Google Play. My Samsung Galaxy S4 is so good, not only do I not miss the iPhone, I have become annoyed with my iPad. I prefer Google's interface design and I'm confident this is platform that will bring Google to numerical parity with Apple, when it comes to the total number of installed content streaming devices.
Also, how long before Google gives away a Chromecast with every Motorola Android phone and Nexus tablet they sell? There's more ways than one to peel an Apple.
I should also mention that I'm a Mac and PC guy with and Apple tv 2, Boxee and XBMC. I know what the experience should be like. You can't compare them. It's not an Apple TV killer but the idea could be. Whoever does it first wins. Until someone does it better.
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