There are at least 13 devices on the market today that offer the ability to stream media to your TV’s. Most of them are pretty logical with little knowledge of technology. Some consumers are using it to enhance their home media experience, while others are doing away with the major cable and satellite services and going solely to streaming. When deciding to add a device it can sometimes be overwhelming choosing the right one.
ASI ProSolutions has tested many of these, and while we like most (not discrediting any), we definitely have our favorite. For its total capability we recommend the Google Chromecast. Let’s start with the obvious, price point. At $35 there is no device on the market capable of touching it. But that is just the beginning.
Since Chromecast is a Google product it interacts with all Google technology, which yes, includes YouTube. Let’s dive into YouTube a little as most people don’t use it to its full capabilities. YouTube as a free service provides over 500 million channels of video. You can find virtually anything in here from DIY projects, cooking, music videos, to movies and children’s programming.
Beyond that, Chromecast offers 1000’s of streaming app services including Hulu, Netflix, Sling TV, HBO now, MLB TV, and many more. There is a vast range of free, subscription and paid content. In addition to video Google offers Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, iHeartRadio, and more music and audio services.
With all of that in mind, it still tops it off with screen mirroring. You can cast any Google web page from your smart phone, tablet, or PC to the TV. Turn your TV into a picture frame, or cast a game to play when entertaining. The players will use their individual phones as controllers.
While Chromecast does not currently support 4k, we know that 4k content is really just now beginning to get any momentum. And when Google does release it, at least you are only $35 invested.
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