1. RavenSword's Avatar
    I think the chromecast is a pretty remarkable device , espeacily for it price. Pretty much it's airplay, but without the need of a 100 dollar Apple TV (of course Apple TV has dedicated apps and a Ethernet port)

    But is chromecast only worth it to those who use android? I'm not even sued what ios apps even support it. I really hope google recently opening up the SDK means ios developers will plug in access to their apps, but when we do have access to a 100 dollar appletv, is the chromecast even worth it. Are ios users going to be treated as second class citizens with chromecast support? Do YOU own a chrome cast?
    02-18-2014 04:45 AM
  2. Speedygi's Avatar
    Well, from the top of my head I think YouTube uses Chrome cast. That can be big for some people who are constantly on there and I'm one of them. However, many others could easily find the lack of apps supported by it on mobile devices a deal-breaker, and I can see that line of thought. There just ain't many apps on iOS for the device.

    Not that that is a bad thing, I think Apple TV should be the forerunner for iOS on the TV content stuff, not Google Chrome cast. If it is, then some thing's wrong.

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    02-18-2014 04:49 AM
  3. iEd's Avatar
    Chromecast is worth it to anyone that wants it.
    It seems like a cool device. If someone wants to do Netflix and HBO GO that's all one needs is a Chromecast.
    It all depends on what a users wants to do.
    02-18-2014 05:58 AM
  4. Algus's Avatar
    If you're using Google apps, you'll get your uses out of it. I'd be inclined to recommend Apple TV over Chromecast if you're already in the Apple eco-system but it's also a lot more expensive than the Chromecast and the rad thing about Chromecast is it transports super easy so no big deal to move it around the house.

    I use a Mac Mini as a desktop and a Samsung Chromebook as a laptop so I actually get use out of BOTH devices but I don't buy media from Google very often since I can't download it locally on the chromebook. Then again, I use an Android phone and usually carry an iPod with it. I just can't make up my mind lol.
    02-18-2014 08:03 AM
  5. Speedygi's Avatar
    If you're using Google apps, you'll get your uses out of it. I'd be inclined to recommend Apple TV over Chromecast if you're already in the Apple eco-system but it's also a lot more expensive than the Chromecast and the rad thing about Chromecast is it transports super easy so no big deal to move it around the house.

    I use a Mac Mini as a desktop and a Samsung Chromebook as a laptop so I actually get use out of BOTH devices but I don't buy media from Google very often since I can't download it locally on the chromebook. Then again, I use an Android phone and usually carry an iPod with it. I just can't make up my mind lol.
    Yup, with a Mac, you probably will find far more uses for it since there are a lot of third party applications that do streaming right up to the Chromecast, adding more functionality. I can't say the same for a iOS device though.
    Last edited by Speedygi; 02-18-2014 at 10:23 AM.
    02-18-2014 08:13 AM
  6. mulasien's Avatar
    Unless you're that price sensitive, the Apple TV does everything the Chromecast does, and much more on top of that.

    1. Apple TV has a variety of popular channels built in that don't require streaming from your device. Streaming is fine, but it's nice to be able to fire up Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc from the Apple TV itself without having to get your mobile device out every time.
    2. Apple TV streams *everything* from your iOS device, whereas Chromecast only streams from a few select apps (Google apps plus the few others that also support it). Even for apps that don't have Airplay support built in, you can also just mirror it as a workaround (I have to do this for the CBS app).
    3. If you're decently invested in the iTunes world, you can also stream your iTunes purchases and iTunes Match music straight to the Apple TV without having to stream from your mobile device.
    4. I can easily share my photos on my device on Apple TV, don't think I can do that with Chromecast yet (or did they change that?)

    Since from your other posts you've expressed concern about going all in with one platform ecosystem, I could see a reason that you'd prefer to go with a platform agnostic device like Chromecast, which makes sense. Just keep in mind that Chromecast is more of an 'Apple TV - lite' in terms of capabilities. Depends on what your priorities are.
    02-18-2014 10:32 AM
  7. rayz336's Avatar
    I'd think it'd be more "worth it" if you don't have an Apple TV already but it is also useful in addition to an Apple TV given that you can stream from your computer using Chrome and from YouTube on your iOS devices.
    02-18-2014 10:33 AM
  8. mulasien's Avatar
    I'd think it'd be more "worth it" if you don't have an Apple TV already but it is also useful in addition to an Apple TV given that you can stream from your computer using Chrome and from YouTube on your iOS devices.
    That's a really good point. You can stream from your Windows PC via Chrome browser to Chromecast. One has to have a Mac to stream to Apple TV. Depends if one has a need to stream from a Windows PC or not. I don't, so it was not a priority for me.
    02-18-2014 11:02 AM
  9. rayz336's Avatar
    That's a really good point. You can stream from your Windows PC via Chrome browser to Chromecast. One has to have a Mac to stream to Apple TV. Depends if one has a need to stream from a Windows PC or not. I don't, so it was not a priority for me.
    I'm still on the fence about it because I can't decide if I really want a Chromecast just for streaming from Chrome on my Windows PC
    02-18-2014 11:24 AM
  10. pappy53's Avatar
    Unless you're that price sensitive, the Apple TV does everything the Chromecast does, and much more on top of that.

    1. Apple TV has a variety of popular channels built in that don't require streaming from your device. Streaming is fine, but it's nice to be able to fire up Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc from the Apple TV itself without having to get your mobile device out every time.
    2. Apple TV streams *everything* from your iOS device, whereas Chromecast only streams from a few select apps (Google apps plus the few others that also support it). Even for apps that don't have Airplay support built in, you can also just mirror it as a workaround (I have to do this for the CBS app).
    3. If you're decently invested in the iTunes world, you can also stream your iTunes purchases and iTunes Match music straight to the Apple TV without having to stream from your mobile device.
    4. I can easily share my photos on my device on Apple TV, don't think I can do that with Chromecast yet (or did they change that?)

    Since from your other posts you've expressed concern about going all in with one platform ecosystem, I could see a reason that you'd prefer to go with a platform agnostic device like Chromecast, which makes sense. Just keep in mind that Chromecast is more of an 'Apple TV - lite' in terms of capabilities. Depends on what your priorities are.
    #4---- Yep. Install "Photo Caster" from the App Store.
    02-18-2014 04:41 PM
  11. mulasien's Avatar
    #4---- Yep. Install "Photo Caster" from the App Store.
    I was not aware of that. Thanks for the clarification.
    02-18-2014 04:51 PM
  12. cwbcpa's Avatar
    It's absolutely worth it. We use it with Netflix quite a bit. We have Netflix running through the Xbox and roku's around the house but we use the chromecast on the couple TV's that don't have those devices. Plus we can take it with us on trips. It's an easy hook up for the money.


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    02-18-2014 06:11 PM
  13. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I already have an Apple TV but wanted one for another room in my house. I just got a chromecast for $30 since I've wanted to try it anyway. I'm sure I'll have lots of uses for it. It wouldn't fully replace my Apple TV. That's for sure.
    02-18-2014 08:45 PM
  14. cwbcpa's Avatar
    I already have an Apple TV but wanted one for another room in my house. I just got a chromecast for $30 since I've wanted to try it anyway. I'm sure I'll have lots of uses for it. It wouldn't fully replace my Apple TV. That's for sure.
    Absolutely. I would not replace Apple TV with it. It's more of a secondary device.


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    02-18-2014 08:48 PM
  15. rayz336's Avatar
    I already have an Apple TV but wanted one for another room in my house. I just got a chromecast for $30 since I've wanted to try it anyway. I'm sure I'll have lots of uses for it. It wouldn't fully replace my Apple TV. That's for sure.
    That's a good use, if I had another tv that needed a way to access steaming services, I'd probably pick up a Chromecast instead of an Apple TV based on cost alone
    02-18-2014 09:21 PM
  16. RavenSword's Avatar
    Unless you're that price sensitive, the Apple TV does everything the Chromecast does, and much more on top of that.

    1. Apple TV has a variety of popular channels built in that don't require streaming from your device. Streaming is fine, but it's nice to be able to fire up Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc from the Apple TV itself without having to get your mobile device out every time.
    2. Apple TV streams *everything* from your iOS device, whereas Chromecast only streams from a few select apps (Google apps plus the few others that also support it). Even for apps that don't have Airplay support built in, you can also just mirror it as a workaround (I have to do this for the CBS app).
    3. If you're decently invested in the iTunes world, you can also stream your iTunes purchases and iTunes Match music straight to the Apple TV without having to stream from your mobile device.
    4. I can easily share my photos on my device on Apple TV, don't think I can do that with Chromecast yet (or did they change that?)

    Since from your other posts you've expressed concern about going all in with one platform ecosystem, I could see a reason that you'd prefer to go with a platform agnostic device like Chromecast, which makes sense. Just keep in mind that Chromecast is more of an 'Apple TV - lite' in terms of capabilities. Depends on what your priorities are.
    Well, reason I'm trying to be platform agnostic is because I don't want to feel like I always need to buy a specific product just to access my content. Like I feel I ALWAYS would need to buy apple even though there might be other options which would suit my needs better at the time. I'd like to think about the future a bit.
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    02-18-2014 11:49 PM
  17. Speedygi's Avatar
    The thing about the Chrome cast is that it does not require any subscription to any service, you can pretty much only use it as a streaming device and nothing else. Apple TV actually gives you access to your iTunes library which for some people is completely useless.

    It depends on your usage needs, and how much you really want to pay for Airplay (for streaming from your Mac or iOS devices), and to get stuff from iTunes. Those are the two main draws.

    Also, if you subscribe to MLB or things like that, you might want to get the Apple TV.
    02-19-2014 12:35 AM
  18. sting7k's Avatar
    I think the chromecast is a pretty remarkable device , espeacily for it price. Pretty much it's airplay, but without the need of a 100 dollar Apple TV (of course Apple TV has dedicated apps and a Ethernet port)

    But is chromecast only worth it to those who use android? I'm not even sued what ios apps even support it. I really hope google recently opening up the SDK means ios developers will plug in access to their apps, but when we do have access to a 100 dollar appletv, is the chromecast even worth it. Are ios users going to be treated as second class citizens with chromecast support? Do YOU own a chrome cast?
    I use my Chromecast to stream from my PC about 75% of the time and the other 25% is split between either my Nexus 7, Moto X, or iPhone. For $35 it's pretty handy to have.
    02-19-2014 08:41 AM
  19. bobbob1016's Avatar
    Yup, with a Mac, you probably will find far more uses for it since there are a lot of third party applications that do streaming right up to the Chromecast, adding more functionality. I can't say the same for a iOS device though.
    Well, iOS apps can stream anything a Mac/PC could, short of actual tabs. But for officially supported things, like Netflix, Plex, HBOGO, and the others, it works just fine. Twitch would require a Computer though.

    Unless you're that price sensitive, the Apple TV does everything the Chromecast does, and much more on top of that.

    1. Apple TV has a variety of popular channels built in that don't require streaming from your device. Streaming is fine, but it's nice to be able to fire up Netflix, Hulu, ESPN, etc from the Apple TV itself without having to get your mobile device out every time.
    2. Apple TV streams *everything* from your iOS device, whereas Chromecast only streams from a few select apps (Google apps plus the few others that also support it). Even for apps that don't have Airplay support built in, you can also just mirror it as a workaround (I have to do this for the CBS app).
    3. If you're decently invested in the iTunes world, you can also stream your iTunes purchases and iTunes Match music straight to the Apple TV without having to stream from your mobile device.
    4. I can easily share my photos on my device on Apple TV, don't think I can do that with Chromecast yet (or did they change that?)

    Since from your other posts you've expressed concern about going all in with one platform ecosystem, I could see a reason that you'd prefer to go with a platform agnostic device like Chromecast, which makes sense. Just keep in mind that Chromecast is more of an 'Apple TV - lite' in terms of capabilities. Depends on what your priorities are.
    The one thing that the ATV doesn't do that the CC does, is allow you to turn off the device you started the stream from. As in if I start watching Netflix on my bus ride home, then want to pick it up right away on my TV, with an ATV, I have to open Netflix, find the show, then resume. With a CC, I just tap the "Play to Chromecast" button. Plex is another great example, as Plex isn't even officially on the ATV, but I can stream it to my CC without having to mess around with port forwarding.

    To your #2 though, just a bit of clarification. The CC does require that you get your mobile device the same way that the ATV requires the remote. You start the stream from your device, and can then turn said device off, doesn't have to stay connected, nor waste power mirroring. The ATV is the only one with (official) mirroring, but that can also be a big battery drain too.

    Basically, I have both, and use the ATV for mirroring, and stuff I have only with Apple, and the CC for everything else.

    Edit: One thing I forgot to mention, not all Apple Content can be mirrored, as some has been DRM blocked for some reason. It can be streamed to a TV directly though.
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    02-19-2014 08:56 AM
  20. rayz336's Avatar
    Well, iOS apps can stream anything a Mac/PC could, short of actual tabs. But for officially supported things, like Netflix, Plex, HBOGO, and the others, it works just fine. Twitch would require a Computer though.



    The one thing that the ATV doesn't do that the CC does, is allow you to turn off the device you started the stream from. As in if I start watching Netflix on my bus ride home, then want to pick it up right away on my TV, with an ATV, I have to open Netflix, find the show, then resume. With a CC, I just tap the "Play to Chromecast" button. Plex is another great example, as Plex isn't even officially on the ATV, but I can stream it to my CC without having to mess around with port forwarding.

    To your #2 though, just a bit of clarification. The CC does require that you get your mobile device the same way that the ATV requires the remote. You start the stream from your device, and can then turn said device off, doesn't have to stay connected, nor waste power mirroring. The ATV is the only one with (official) mirroring, but that can also be a big battery drain too.

    Basically, I have both, and use the ATV for mirroring, and stuff I have only with Apple, and the CC for everything else.

    Edit: One thing I forgot to mention, not all Apple Content can be mirrored, as some has been DRM blocked for some reason. It can be streamed to a TV directly though.
    Thanks for this information, it was helpful to read this take on the CC
    02-19-2014 10:40 AM
  21. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    In case anyone was on the fence on getting an Apple TV, it's $84 at Staples right now.

    Buy Apple TV l Helpful Apple TV Reviews l Watch Apple TV Movies | Staples®
    02-20-2014 03:49 PM
  22. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I think Chrome cast is perfectly worthy if you don't have devices that already offer the functionality. I looked at it the other day, and it was pretty impressive...but I would have no usage for it because the components in my home theater setup already do everything it can do (just not on the singular device offering, but that's ok, because it can still do it).

    I do like where their heads are though...TV's are going to start being built with this stuff inside, and that is an excellent thing in the future.
    02-20-2014 06:24 PM
  23. rayz336's Avatar
    In case anyone was on the fence on getting an Apple TV, it's $84 at Staples right now.

    Buy Apple TV l Helpful Apple TV Reviews l Watch Apple TV Movies | Staples®
    That's a good price for a new one!
    02-20-2014 06:47 PM
  24. Tom Vincent's Avatar
    I've been using plex to cast from my iphone or ipad and it works great. Here are the steps.

    How to Cast Plex from Apple Ipad to TV using Chromecast

    Step 1. Download and install the Plex Media Server. Free Program

    https://plex.tv/downloads

    Step 2. Sign in and add your channels.

    Step 3. Sign up for Plex Pass Subscription.
    3 Different Price Plans. The chromecast feature will eventually be free.

    https://plex.tv/subscription/about

    Step 4. Download Plex from the Itunes Apple Store. Cost $1.99

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plex...mUvbUpU2199949

    Step 5. Demonstration

    Start Chromecast

    Make sure Plex Media Server is running on computer

    Start Plex App on Ipad

    Choose your channel and then your video on Ipad - Click the Cast Button and it automatically finds the Video Player and plays the video. You hit the cast button and it casts from phone to the Television.

    Ipad
    Iphone
    02-24-2014 05:21 PM
  25. iEd's Avatar
    I just ordered a CC for a second TV just for Netflix and HBO Go access.
    Looking forward to checking it out.
    02-24-2014 06:41 PM
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