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Google Chromecast streaming media player

 
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$29.99 - $399.96
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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 services Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, M-Go, HBO Go, Google Play, MLB.TV Premium, MLS Live, UFC.TV, Showtime Anytime, NFL Now, CBS All Access, Fox Now, FX Now
info Built-in voice search No
info Casting for Netflix and YouTube Yes
info Supports dual-band Wi-Fi No
info USB ports 0
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User Reviews - Google Chromecast
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1.0
Chromecast is a data hog, be careful!
2/28/2015
Pros
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
We suddenly began to have problems with using so much data that our ISP emailed to say we had used 75 per cent of our monthly limit - a limit that we had never previously approached, as our ISP plan gives us a ton of data usage per month. <br /><br />I couldn't figure out why this was happening, until I realized that it correlated perfectly with our use of the Google Chromecast. By testing the device (unplugging when not in use), I determined without question that, for whatever reason, the Chromecast was using so much data that our entire household use had more than doubled! <br /><br />I got rid of the device, as I don't want to play for an unlimited data plan. I wish that Consumer Reports had considered data usage when testing streaming devices. We have an Apple TV and data usage is not an issue. (Though we have big problems with streaming signal from laptop to the Apple TV, but that's another story.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Own multiple a MUST HAVE
1/22/2015
Pros
cheap
Easy to use
Unobtrusive
Cons
No Amazon Instant Video
Best Uses
Streams From Every Device
Comment:
This product is great and can be used by multiple users at the same time. It supports a plethora of content and can even stream what you're looking at on your browser.<br /><br />The only cons are the lack of Amazon Instant Video and the requirement of a fast internet connection for everything to work properly.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
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.
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