Google Adds Chromecast to Internet TV Options

Jul 25, 2013

If you haven't yet made the switch from cable to internet based television, Google may have just delivered the device to change your mind. Announced on July 24 at Google headquarters, the Chromecast dongle costs just $35 - but comes with $24 worth of Netflix subscriptions - and plugs into an HDMI port on your TV. It's the size of a thumb drive.

Here's what Forbes has to say about actually using the device:

"Once you plug it in and turn on your TV, you're instructed to go to a web page to set up the device. That part took just over a minute.

I then had to update both the Netflix and YouTube apps on my iPhone and Android tablet and, with those installed, was able to view videos on the TV from either device.  I was also able to use Google's beta Chrome app on my Mac to view webpages and videos on the TV with OK, but  less than perfect results." 

Some of you may be asking, "What does this mean for Google TV?" Well, according to CNET, Google isn't ready to forget about it original web TV offering. CNET reported, "'Google TV is moving forward in a major way,' Sundar Pichai told CNET after the company's press confab Wednesday morning..."