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Streaming media players & services

Google Chromecast
 
Price range:
$16.23 - $49.95
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About - Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast is part of the streaming media player & service test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, streaming media players models like the Chromecast are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Picture quality:
Picture quality includes image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of streaming video. It's based mainly on the judgments of a panel who compare each device's output to a reference. However, the quality of the video that you'll get is largely dependent on the speed of your wired or wireless network. We tested all the players using a wired Ethernet connection, if available.

Features:
This score reflects the presence or absence of features, including the number of streaming video services, other internet services, and the ability to play media files

Everyday use:
This score reflects how easy it is to use on a normal basis. It looks at how the remote and user interface interact for common tasks like powering on the device, navigating the menus for access to content, and how easy it is to perform common tasks like visiting websites and playing games.
Features & Specs - Google Chromecast
info App or channel store None
info Streaming video services Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Play Movies & TV, MLB.TV Premium, MLS Live
info Web browsing Yes
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi No
info HDMI input No
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Google Chromecast
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1.0
NOT SO FAST
5/10/2014
Pros
It Works Sort Of
Cons
Ipad App Is Not Stable
Best Uses
Comment:
I sometimes have to restart the IPAD or IPHONE app several times just to pause it. They have improved it, but choices of what to watch are still VERY limited. Save your money. <br /><br />We much prefer the ROKU that we have on the other TV.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Love it!
4/30/2014
Pros
Ease of Use
Easy To Install
Works flawlessly
Cons
none
Best Uses
Streaming Media
Streaming videos
Comment:
I stream movies and music from my Nexus 7 flawlessly, it's a great device and can't wait to buy another.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
I could never get it to work
2/16/2014
Pros
It's cheap
Cons
Did not work
Instructions very poor
Jargon Not Defined
Not intuitive
Best Uses
None
Comment:
When I bought the Google Chromecast, I had already installed a Roku video streaming device and a Wii without any problems. The Roku and Wii functioned flawlessly. But the Chromecast was downright exasperating. After struggling for over two hours to get it to work, I gave up. The instructions were absolutely minimal, and confusing. Example: Google uses the term casting, but doesn't bother to define the term.<br /><br />The Chromecast might be easier to install with a smart phone or a tablet. I was attempting to use it with a laptop computer running Windows 7.<br /><br />In any event, I gave the device the lowest score (1) because I could not get it to work at all. Fortunately, it cost only $35, but the Roku video streaming device cost only a little more, was easy to install, and works very well.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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