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Google Chromecast newest streaming player review
A few days ago Google introduced Chromecast. Chromecast is a brand new device for streaming of digital content. The device of size of a flash stick could be easily connected to modern TVs via built-in HDMI connector. Chromecast streams digital content via Wi-Fi from mobile gadgets as well as laptops and PCs to TVs. Google continues to announce low price and high quality gadgets. Chromecast is not an exception. The price of the device is $35 that is times less than its competitors Apple TV and Roku 3 streaming players could offer.
Chromecast streiming player features
Out of the box Chromecast plays video and music as well as allows viewing photos and browser tabs that runs on the mobile device. Chromecast is a cross-platform device. It could be used to play multimedia content from iPhone and iPad as well as from devices running on Android Operating System. Windows and OS X Operating systems are also supported. So you can use your laptop and/or PC together with Chromecast for streaming multimedia content to your TV. Google streaming player is running under Chrome OS.
How to use Chromecast streiming player ?
Chromecast is designed for streaming to TV multimedia content provided by various popular services such as Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV and Google Play Music. Simply connect the gadget via HDMI-connector to your TV and surf to the website of your favourite multimedia content provider from your mobile device. Find and press Cast button and enjoy your favourite movies streamed to your TV via W-Fi.
Chromecast is broadcast only the media content and not the entire screen of your mobile device, laptop or PC. The other useful feature of the device is the ability to operate even when your other device felt into the sleep mode.
Chromecast streaming player price and availability
Chromecast streaming player is currently available in US stores. The price of the device is just $35.
Apple TV is a small black box with dimensions of 23x98x98 mm and weigh of 0.27 kg. The box is capable of streaming of full HD 1080p video and equipped with HDMI, microUSB and Ethernet ports as well as audio jack. Thin silver colored remote control of the device has a few buttons: menu, paly, pause and arrow keys.
The new Apple TV uses iOs 5.1 powered user interface. Setting up of Apple TV is a quick and easy process. Select the language and enter login and the password of the wireless network from the main menu and you are done. In order to start watching movies, TV shows and listen music you must log in to your account with iTunes Store.
Apple TV setup process is much simpler than the set-up of Roku box. There is no need to activate anything on the Internet. The new Apple TV interface lets you go to Netflix without visiting of the home page service. Apple provided simple and easy to use user interface to iTune services as well as to Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo and MLB.tv. The only notable missing service is Hulu Plus.
Apple TV is tightly integrated with other Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone through AirPlay interface. Streaming video and music with AirPlay interface is as easy as a couple of clicks. Devices running iOS can also be used as a touch screen remote control making much easier searching of movies and music. Apple TV supports full HD video with the resolution of 1080p. If you TV is over 40-inch and supports full HD then the quality of the streaming picture is significantly better.
If you want to view streaming video and music from iTunes and Netflix then Apple TV is the best choice for you. If you are the proud owner of iPhone, iPod touch or iPad then the benefits even more obvious because of the AirPlay interface and the ability of Apple devices function as a remote control device.
If you have plenty of content encoded in a variety of formats and store that content on a standard PC and is looking for more Internet video options then the Roku hardware would likely be a better fit for you since it supports a variety of formats and media