What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is less than a year old. It is literally brand new technology. This little device does something big, it streams (broadcasts) almost any media from your mobile device to your high definition TV.
It’s available only with US compatiblity (at the time of this writing), which gives it some exclusivity. You can use it with your Andriod device, Iphone, Windows, Mac, Chromebook and other smartphone devices.
Chromecast not only streams your content, it turns your smartphone or tablet into a full featured remote control. Search for movies, music and other media, change volume, manipulate playback and more.
Packaged with this product is also an HDMI extender and a power cable that’s USB compatible. It also comes with the traditional power adapter.
One special feature I must mention about Chromecast is the WIFI capabilities. Now you can stream and move around at the same time.
How does Chromecast compare to similar devices?
It’s still a relatively new type of technology, so there aren’t many companies making these devices. First there’s Apple TV. Flat out, this product only works with Apple electronics, especially iTunes. It does not allow streaming from other internet providers. But if all your media comes from iTunes or Apple properties, then hey, it may be perfect.
TiVo Roamio Pro looks to be a good streaming media player. It allows all the popular media providers like Hulu, YouTube and more. It’s widely accepted but there are a few exceptions; It does not support Satellite or AT&T U-Verse.
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player might be better than both mentioned above. It allows a much wider set of media providers. And allows both streaming to your mobile device and reverse, from your mobile to your TV.