Watching YouTube videos is way better in a big screen. Now, with Google’s Chromecast, you can easily do this without those pesky HDMI cables.
Here’s a video from CNET, which gives a “quick and dirty look” at this tiny, awesome device:
Google Chromecast currently supports YouTube, Netflix, Google Music, and Google Movies. Basically, this allows you to stream content to your TV from any device.
What’s great about this dongle:
- You can use any Android or iOS device or even your laptop.
- It’s only $35 (around P1500) and is going to be available worldwide.
- You can also use it as a remote. Once you’ve streamed the content from the YouTube app, you can control the volume and create a “queue of shared content” or a series of videos to be played. Perfect when you’re watching mini-series like Psycho Girlfriend.
- At two inches, it’s super portable and easy to store. It eliminates the need for super long HDMI cables when streaming online content.
However, according to CNET.com, “the specs in the Google Play store list both a USB power cable and a power adapter.” Which could mean that there is still going to be some wire attached to it while in use.
Right now, I play YouTube videos in our TV by connecting my Macbook Air using an HDMI adaptor. It’s a perfectly good setup, at least for me. But having a Google Chromecast to stream online videos to the TV from any device seems really convenient. My main concern about using this dongle, however, is the internet connection. Right now, we have a 1 mbps DSL plan from PLDT. And it’s not the best speed for streaming online videos. 🙁 But if I can afford to buy a an LTE pocket wifi (it’s freaking P7000!), having Google Chromecast seems perfect. 🙂
What do you think? If this becomes available in the Philippines, would you get one?
How do you currently view YouTube videos on your TV?
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