Google's Chromecast is a simple product whose function is to allow viewing online video and anything from the web on a TV. It plugs into any compatible HDTV via a USB power cable and HDMI port, and it is controlled with an existing smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This facilitates watching web content like Netflix, Pandora, Hulu or simply to stream music. The Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of web streaming apps. Purchasers should note that this device is compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems, and also that it does require a WiFi internet connection to actually stream content.
- Streams online content to TV using smartphone, tablet, or laptop
- Supports Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, and Google Play Movies and Music mobile apps as well as select content through Chrome browser
- Works with Android, iOS, Chrome for Mac, and Chrome for Windows
- Plug-and-play setup
- Android 2.3 and higher
- iOS 6 and higher
- Windows 7 and higher
- Mac OS 10.7 and higher
- Chrome OS (Chromebook Pixel, additional Chromebooks coming soon).
Frequently Asked Questions
What video formats work with casting a tab from Chrome?
Almost every video you can view in your Chrome browser should work, including Flash videos. Video formats that require other plugins, such as Silverlight and Quicktime, may not work.
How does Chromecast work?
Chromecast acts as a transmitter between your TV and your streaming video provider, like a cable box or an antenna. Netflix (or YouTube, or Hulu Plus, or Google Play) broadcasts content to your Chromecast, which then displays on your TV.
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