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  1. #1
    Ext User(keithr) Guest

    Chromecast

    A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that
    looks like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro
    USB socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a
    USB power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.

    It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS
    yet). You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if
    you click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen
    on the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in
    the States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that
    here.

    You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.

    Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    what it does is quite limited at the moment.

  2. #2
    Ext User(Damian) Guest

    Re: Chromecast


    "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
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    >A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that looks
    >like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >
    > It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS yet).
    > You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    > click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    > screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen on
    > the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in the
    > States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that here.
    >
    > You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >
    > Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    > what it does is quite limited at the moment.


    Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.

    If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing stuff
    on TV screen for years.

    Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.



  3. #3
    Ext User(keithr) Guest

    Re: Chromecast

    On 9/10/2013 1:36 AM, Damian wrote:
    > "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:bbibo5F491mU1@mid.individual.net...
    >> A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that looks
    >> like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >> socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >> power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >> connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >> friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >>
    >> It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS yet).
    >> You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    >> click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    >> screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen on
    >> the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in the
    >> States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that here.
    >>
    >> You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >>
    >> Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    >> what it does is quite limited at the moment.

    >
    > Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.
    >
    > If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    > connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    > I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing stuff
    > on TV screen for years.
    >
    > Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.
    >
    >

    And it is cheaper than dedicating a PC to the task.

  4. #4
    Ext User(Rod Speed) Guest

    Re: Chromecast



    "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    news:bbkgv5Fi65aU1@mid.individual.net...
    > On 9/10/2013 1:36 AM, Damian wrote:
    >> "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:bbibo5F491mU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>> A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that
    >>> looks
    >>> like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >>> socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >>> power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >>> connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >>> friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >>>
    >>> It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS
    >>> yet).
    >>> You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    >>> click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    >>> screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen
    >>> on
    >>> the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in the
    >>> States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that
    >>> here.
    >>>
    >>> You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >>>
    >>> Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    >>> what it does is quite limited at the moment.

    >>
    >> Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.
    >>
    >> If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    >> connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    >> I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing
    >> stuff
    >> on TV screen for years.
    >>
    >> Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.
    >>
    >>

    > And it is cheaper than dedicating a PC to the task.


    No need to dedicate a PC to the task.


  5. #5
    Ext User(Damian) Guest

    Re: Chromecast


    "Rod Speed" <rod.speed.aaa@gmail.com> wrote in message
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    >
    >
    > "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:bbkgv5Fi65aU1@mid.individual.net...
    >> On 9/10/2013 1:36 AM, Damian wrote:
    >>> "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    >>> news:bbibo5F491mU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>>> A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that
    >>>> looks
    >>>> like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >>>> socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >>>> power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >>>> connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >>>> friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >>>>
    >>>> It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS
    >>>> yet).
    >>>> You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    >>>> click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    >>>> screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen
    >>>> on
    >>>> the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in
    >>>> the
    >>>> States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that
    >>>> here.
    >>>>
    >>>> You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >>>>
    >>>> Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    >>>> what it does is quite limited at the moment.
    >>>
    >>> Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.
    >>>
    >>> If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    >>> connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    >>> I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing
    >>> stuff
    >>> on TV screen for years.
    >>>
    >>> Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> And it is cheaper than dedicating a PC to the task.

    >
    > No need to dedicate a PC to the task.

    In my case, it' kinda is.
    You still need to go to a PC and launch the youtube video, etc from there
    with Chromecast.
    And by the sound of it, it won't work with other non browser media players
    like VLC, etc.
    I use an old crap xp station to play youtube, vlc, etc directly to my TV.
    Actually I have two of these setups.
    One in the lounge and one in the gym room.
    And both TVs are old crap CRT ones.
    Chromecast is fine. But, I don't think it can replace my setup at this
    stage.



  6. #6
    Ext User(Peter Pan) Guest

    Re: Chromecast


    "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
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    >A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that looks
    >like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >
    > It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS yet).
    > You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    > click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    > screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen on
    > the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in the
    > States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that here.
    >
    > You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >
    > Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    > what it does is quite limited at the moment.


    It is a nifty device. I would like to have a one.



  7. #7
    Ext User(Damian) Guest

    Re: Chromecast


    "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    news:bbkgv5Fi65aU1@mid.individual.net...
    > On 9/10/2013 1:36 AM, Damian wrote:
    >> "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:bbibo5F491mU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>> A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that
    >>> looks
    >>> like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >>> socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >>> power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >>> connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >>> friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >>>
    >>> It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS
    >>> yet).
    >>> You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    >>> click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    >>> screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen
    >>> on
    >>> the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in the
    >>> States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that
    >>> here.
    >>>
    >>> You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >>>
    >>> Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    >>> what it does is quite limited at the moment.

    >>
    >> Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.
    >>
    >> If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    >> connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    >> I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing
    >> stuff
    >> on TV screen for years.
    >>
    >> Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.
    >>
    >>

    > And it is cheaper than dedicating a PC to the task.


    Come to think of it, Chromecast combined with a laptop or a tablet(if it
    works with chrome android), can be pretty handy gadget.
    It it's really $35 here, I would go for it, but apparently it would cost
    around $50+postage at this stage, which comes to around $70, I reckon.
    Old PC box, costs lot less than that, but the gadget is worth having for the
    convenience sake.



  8. #8
    Ext User(Rod Speed) Guest

    Re: Chromecast



    "Damian" <damian_andrews75@yahoo.com.au> wrote in message
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    > "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:bbkgv5Fi65aU1@mid.individual.net...
    >> On 9/10/2013 1:36 AM, Damian wrote:
    >>> "keithr" <user@domain.invalid> wrote in message
    >>> news:bbibo5F491mU1@mid.individual.net...
    >>>> A friend in America sent me a Google Chromecast. It is a device that
    >>>> looks
    >>>> like an oversize USB stick. It has an HDMI connector and a micro USB
    >>>> socket. You plug it into an HDMI socket on the TV and connect to a USB
    >>>> power supply. There is a fairly involved setup procedure to get it
    >>>> connected to your WiFi router, it was more complicated with mine as my
    >>>> friend had already connected it to his WiFi, and I had to reset it.
    >>>>
    >>>> It works with the Chrome browser on Windows, Mac or Android (not IOS
    >>>> yet).
    >>>> You load a browser extension which puts an icon on the browser, if you
    >>>> click the icon whatever the browser is displaying "Casts" to the TV
    >>>> screen. It works great with ABC iView, you get the program full screen
    >>>> on
    >>>> the TV, the same with YouTube. I haven't tried anything else yet, in
    >>>> the
    >>>> States you can use it with Netflix, but of course we don't get that
    >>>> here.
    >>>>
    >>>> You can use it with Youtube from an iPad too.
    >>>>
    >>>> Its a cheap toy, $35 in the states, it does what it does well, although
    >>>> what it does is quite limited at the moment.
    >>>
    >>> Google Chromecast is available here for around $50.
    >>>
    >>> If you already have a laptop or desktop close to the TV/monitor, you can
    >>> connect the video card output to the TV via s-video, HDMI, VGA, etc.
    >>> I've done that permanently via a PC and have been watching and doing
    >>> stuff
    >>> on TV screen for years.
    >>>
    >>> Having said that, Chromecast is wireless, and that's an advantage.
    >>>
    >>>

    >> And it is cheaper than dedicating a PC to the task.

    >
    > Come to think of it, Chromecast combined with a laptop or a tablet(if it
    > works with chrome android), can be pretty handy gadget.
    > It it's really $35 here, I would go for it, but apparently it would cost
    > around $50+postage at this stage, which comes to around $70, I reckon.
    > Old PC box, costs lot less than that, but the gadget is worth having for
    > the convenience sake.


    I just play everything on the main PC which is the PVR too.

    The only exception is what I mostly listen to when bottling the
    beer. That is played on the laptop from the PVR wirelessly. Don’t
    need a big screen since I don’t look that the screen much when
    bottling and may now listen to podcasts from ABC radio instead
    like I do when out walking for exercise etc.


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