Originally Posted by sdowney717
Thanks for telling me it is no longer available.
Now it has lost all interest for me.
Having a PC attached to a TV has worked out very well.
I also read that 1080p streaming is not available on chromecast.
And since it relies on wireless and only the g standard, then less attractive to me.
I built that computer out of an AMD quad core with 8gb ram and 1gb video card and spent about $300 in parts off ebay.
I did that and dropped my 70$ monthly dish network.
I could see an advantage of chromecast solution , but you still got to have something like a PC to stream to the HDTV.
So I can easily watch any streaming browser content, or any local files.
If you want local files to play off your PC
In chrome browser, type control key - o key to open video and picture files.
I suppose that would work with chrome-cast program?
Just correcting some of your misinformation for others reading:
Apps and supported services cast at 1080p. Only the tab casting is limited to 720p.
Wireless is not limited to the "g" standard. It connects to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
A PC is not necessary - a mobile device can cast directly from the services themselves.
A PC casting through the players of the supported apps does not need to be high spec or expensive since it is not using the PC resources and can be much cheaper than the cheapest media server setup.
Only if you are tab casting do you need a computer that meets higher specs. I did not need to buy a new computer or any new equipment to use tab casting successfully - my 4 year old laptop does a great job at it and I use the function almost daily. Even if someone does not already have a computer capable of smoothly tab casting, for $35, casting directly from the services of the supported apps is more than worth it to most people.
Of course if you personally have no use for it, then don't get it, but you seem to not have a clue about it and are misinforming others. If you have a wired, already built and paid for setup that does everything you want already, then use it. Others want a cheaper solution, or a wireless solution, or a portable solution, or one that takes up less space, or that doesn't require building or buying a new computer, or that doesn't require them to use a computer at all, etc, etc, etc. The Chromecast serves a useful function for a lot of people, even many people who already have setups like yours, but if you don't personally need it, then don't buy it.
As far as local files, casting through a Chrome tab will work for supported files but there are file types that do not work and are not supported. Plex can be used to cast any file that plex can play, supported or not by Chrome. Avia can also be used to cast local files from a phone/tablet or from DLNA servers/computers but you need a phone app to control Avia and connect to the PC to get the files so would need a phone to use that one. Plex can be used from computer or phone.