Maybe not directly, but it should work via a web server on your local network, similar to a router. Naturally, you'd have to leave the device hosting the web server on...but that could also allow for transcoding to any format that chromecast doesn't support.
OK sure, I agree that would work. Anything you self-host and stream into Chrome should show up in the transferred tab.
If it streams Netflix in HD it doesn't need any other features to be worth $35. This makes sense.
How long until Google wants to monitor what you do on your TV even when you've selected another source input and asks this of the display manufacturers?
The real question is how long before stores simply give away this "Google Netflix Stick" if you sign up for Netflix, or perhaps some other service. I bet Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, etc. are all giving these away when Black Friday rolls around.
These items actually have been addressed. Netflix runs in an optimized app on Chromecast, and is fully 1080p-capable. You will get the STB HD stream, not the PC browser stream. As for Hulu, that can be watched through a Chrome tab, but the quality is not "optimized," I don't know exactly what that means for PQ yet, I'll write a review as soon as possible after I get mine.
Looking forward to reading it. If it does a good job of Hulu and the network sites, I'm all in. And Netflix in HD is great to hear. Hopefully an Amazon Prime app will show up for the same reasons.
Originally Posted by cjvnyc
If it streams Netflix in HD it doesn't need any other features to be worth $35.
Yes, it certainly is. But since I already have Netflix available on all of my tv's, Hulu/network sites is what will motivate me to purchase one.
Edit: If you mean on the device itself, then I don't see why it would only do 720p for local/network playback when it delivers up to 1080p. I can't say for sure though ATM. Edited by staknhalo - 7/25/13 at 9:47am
So, I called my local BB this morning, a sleepy store, and they first didn't know what they were then looked them up when I gave them the SKU and said the truck would arrive this afternoon. When I went by, they said "one more hour to unloand and stock" so I went grocery shopping next door. When I came back, one hour later, they took me to a locked cage where ... a grand total of 2 were available for purchase, which I bought, selling them out. In other words, the employees bought them up except they knew I was coming in. I expect scores to show up on eBay tomorrow.
Having a wireless issue,. but the still images it shows are very reassuring- no quiver at all. Edited by cjvnyc - 7/25/13 at 1:37pm
Amazon is sold out. Google Play says Ships in 3 - 4 weeks. Best Buy all local stores show as unavailable.
So it seems it is sold out for now.
I am sure they will appear on Ebay etc.
I'll wait until they are available again. At $35 and Netflix free for 3 months I will give it a go.
In my area (Philly), I see some local Best Buy stores still have it available for local pickup, in 3-5 days. But only half the stores show that, the other half show it as "not available."
I just got my Netflix codes in the mail. Funny, I cancelled my subscription a few days ago. I was certain I was done with Netflix. Now, they get three more months to convince me to keep paying them. Well played, Netflix. Well played.
Many TV sets are now smart - surely almost all of them will be within a year or two? - and most people who can afford HD televisions are probably already buying smart TVs so I can see this having a limited shelf life, though that is not a criticism.
$35? so that will probably be £35 in rip-off Britain then.
I am a bit confused on this product. Is there a way to stream my music collection from my iMAC to this device in another room? I have an iMAC, with external hard drives connected to it that I would like to stream my music to my AVR in another room. I have flac and apple lossless files. Can I connect the Chromecast into my AVR and stream directly to my AVR to just listen to music?
I currently have an apple TV, but I lose connectivity after about 5 min of use. I cannot figure out how to fix this and I basically gave up on it after trying so many different solutions on the Apple forums. Basically its just a worthless paperweight, plus even if it did work, it still would not play my flac files.
If there is a way to stream flac and apple lossless music files (of varying bit rates and resolution), then I am sold on this. This is wishful thinking isn't it?