Remember the time we used to watch our favorite shows on cable TV, looking at schedules and dreading the add breaks? We can’t imagine how we did it! When Google launched the first Chrome cast in 2013, they transformed our TVs from randomized content to a completely personalized, user controlled streaming service, and at $35, it was quite a steal!
The Chrome cast’s function is simple enough. It allows you to cast the content from any app (like Netflix or HBO) or even from Chrome tabs to any display with an HDMI port (TVS or computer monitors), so you are not limited to watching your content only on your smart phones or tablets.
Since 2013 the line of Chromecast products has been upgraded constantly to provide an impressive choice for consumers today. It is a game changer and has forged a new path in the content streaming arena.
Here are 5 Reasons why the Chromecast is a great option for Content Streaming!
The Chrome cast is compact, light and so easy to use that it can travel with you, wherever you go. It’s great for hotel rooms or parties. The great part is that your smart phone is the remote for your Chrome cast. Whether it is the couch, your bed, or even your attic, it allows you to enjoy your favorite content wherever you are.
- Multi- person viewing
Casting YouTube videos or Netflix episodes on a TV instead of viewing it on the small screen of your phone or tablet, makes it possible for everyone in the room to view the content you want to share. This has great potential for business meetings when you have to share a video presentation or during brainstorming sessions with your teams. You can also cast individual tabs in Google Chrome, meaning you’ll be able to mirror whatever you want on your TV. If you’re reading a good article and want to show your friends, just tap the “Cast” button under Chrome’s hamburger menu in the top right corner and you’ll be good to go.
As parents , with kids who fight over who gets to hold the phone or the tablet while “Frozen” streams yet again , it is a god send ! Let Elsa and Anna do their thing on the big screen, as you enjoy a few minutes without their bickering! It’s also great for movie nights with the whole family.
- Easy to set up
In 2017, Google Home, Google Wifi, and the Chrome cast were brought together under one big umbrella – the” Home” app. If you have a Chrome cast, Chrome cast Audio, Google Home, or device with Chrome cast support like an Android TV, you‘ll need the Google Home app. It’s the main hub that serves as a suggestion screen and dashboard for everything you can do with those products. This app covers just about every Google hardware product you can get your hands on and offers consistent, easy to set up processes with beautiful animations and features like auto fill.
Here’s quick breakdown of how to set it up
- Plug in your Chrome cast to your TV’s HDMI port.
- Download the Google Home app, and it will prompt you for setup.
- Use your phone to connect the Chrome cast to your Wi-Fi, and it should update to the latest version.
After this you’ll be ready to cast. Just look for the Google Cast icon in most Google apps and other apps like Spotify and Netflix.
- Use with audio streaming apps
Chrome cast Audio is a variation of the second-generation Chrome cast, released in 2015, designed for use with audio streaming apps like Spotify or Tidal. It has an integrated 3.5 millimeter audio jack/mini-TOSLINK socket, allowing the Chrome cast Audio to be attached to speakers and home audio systems. You can stream your favorite playlist at house parties or even at the gym, again using your smart phone as a remote.
- 4K Video resolution
Chrome cast Ultra , introduced in 2016, features upgraded hardware that supports the streaming of 4K resolution content, as well as high-dynamic range through the HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats . It also loads regular video content faster than the previous versions, so it is worth the $69 price tag. However, unlike previous models that could be powered through a USB port, the Chrome cast Ultra needs to be connected to a wall outlet. It also has an Ethernet port for a wired internet connection, instead of wifi, to accommodate the fast network speeds needed to stream 4K content seamlessly.