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Any Chromecast users here? Love this little gadget to death

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It's changed the way I watch tv. It's so portable. And with the SDK released, it'll be interesting what apps will be cast functional.

 

I watch much more content through YouTube now and the smartphone is my remote.

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Yeah, *bought* one at the end of last year because I had staples points to burn.

 

So far I have only watched Arrested Development on Netflix - but I like it so far.

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I have used it a bunch to stream live music concerts onto the TV. That and comedians, there are many full comedy specials on youtube.

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I've been throwing around the idea of buying one.   I'm not sure I'd use it.  We have two android tables, 4 smart phones, two laptops and a desktop computer. 

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I have used it a bunch to stream live music concerts onto the TV. That and comedians, there are many full comedy specials on youtube.

 

Reddit has a subreddit called fullmoviesonyoutube. I watched Desolation of Smaug, Raid Redemption, The Transporter on it. Yeah, I know, not legal. Usually good movies available, it's so easy, I can't resist.

 

On the legal side, watch lots of news on it - The Newshour, Washington Week, Charlie Rose, Democracy Now!, Reuters, AP, etc...

 

Also lots of 2-3 hour recordings of old golf tournaments on YT.

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I got one for christmas and thought I'd never use it but I was wrong.  I already had YouTube on my tv but its much easier to find the content on the phone and cast it.  I also bought a season of The League in the Play streamed that. I've streamed the espn3 broadcast of a football game too, which was great because they have the spider cam behind the play so you can actually see what's going on (and no Joe Buck!).  

 

My only complaint is that I think it should be able to simply mirror my desktop or device.  You can stream from google chrome on the desktop but not a phone or tablet.  To stream from a mobile device you need an app with chromecast built in.  

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I got one for christmas and thought I'd never use it but I was wrong.  I already had YouTube on my tv but its much easier to find the content on the phone and cast it.  I also bought a season of The League in the Play streamed that. I've streamed the espn3 broadcast of a football game too, which was great because they have the spider cam behind the play so you can actually see what's going on (and no Joe Buck!).  

 

My only complaint is that I think it should be able to simply mirror my desktop or device.  You can stream from google chrome on the desktop but not a phone or tablet.  To stream from a mobile device you need an app with chromecast built in.  

 

Yeah, I can easily find news pieces, queue them up and I've got an hour of straight through programming. Smartphone as a remote is so intuitive. Makes the set top box remote even more antiquated. And I don't have to yield control of my smartphone. Any number of people w/smartphones with me can cast to the same tv. No line of sight required.

 

Google recently made the SDK available publicly so there's going to be a whole bunch of CC enabled apps soon.

 

Google knows more about me than ever though. The info they have on me compared to some Nielsen family is massive.

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No line of sight required.

 

 

My wife hates this.  Every now and then when she's watching Project Runway I'll cast youtube videos of my golf swing from the bedroom.  

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TV does all of this and lets you mirror your screen. :)

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TV does all of this and lets you mirror your Apple screen. :)

 

There ;)  

 

From what I can tell online, you've got to be fully invested in the apple ecosystem to really get the most out of apple tv.  There appear to be some apps that claim to be able to connect android to apple TV but work arounds are the antithesis of the seemless integration that makes these products valuable. 

 

Of course, I haven't done much research on this and its entirely possible that Apple TV plays better with non-apple products.  

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There ;)

 

That's fine. I don't care about Google stuff. Despite their statements, they're decidedly more and more "evil" every year.

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That's fine. I don't care about Google stuff. Despite their statements, they're decidedly more and more "evil" every year.

 

Yeah, totally agree that they are becoming more evil and less trust-worthy.  Their google+ integration into everything is really annoying, too.  I wish apple would just take an open approach because they've got some great products (love my macbook pro) but I like the andriod phones and tablets.  So cool products like Apple TV are essentially unavailable to me.  

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TV does all of this and lets you mirror your screen. :)

 

I have a Mac Mini attached to my TV. I just like trying a little bit of everything. Except Microsoft. :-)

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Yeah, totally agree that they are becoming more evil and less trust-worthy.  Their google+ integration into everything is really annoying, too.  I wish apple would just take an open approach because they've got some great products (love my macbook pro) but I like the andriod phones and tablets.  So cool products like Apple TV are essentially unavailable to me.  

 

Sorry, but the "Apple isn't open" argument never works on me. I feel it's a bogus argument. The tiny shred of "openness" that Android adds comes with multiple and larger downsides, IMO. Apple provides plenty of "openness."

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Sorry, but the "Apple isn't open" argument never works on me. I feel it's a bogus argument. The tiny shred of "openness" that Android adds comes with multiple and larger downsides, IMO. Apple provides plenty of "openness."

 

Well, Apple TV doesn't work with my phone or tablet.  So that's not bogus to me.   

 

I'm pretty happy with the chromecast anyway.

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Well, Apple TV doesn't work with my phone or tablet.  So that's not bogus to me.

 

That's fine, and a valid point… except that AirPlay is available to Android developers.

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zappotvapple&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.airaudio&hl=en

(etc.)

post #17 of 21

I think I originally used the word "compatible" before editing, which is probably a better word.  :beer:

 

 

It looks like Chromecast will be able to mirror soon.  I might get one for each tv in my house if that happens.

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It looks like Chromecast will be able to mirror soon.  I might get one for each tv in my house if that happens.

 

@dsc123 - How will you use the CC when it can? Play video files saved on your smartphone? That sort of thing?

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