It’s your phone, it’s your computer, it’s your TV – it’s Google Chromecast!
Have you ever been at your computer and thought, “This would be great on TV!”? Where would you start to try and set up something like that? Unless you’re a techie, it’s pretty much too time-consuming to figure out. You can watch any online content on your computer; that’s where you’re supposed to watch stuff, anyway.
Not anymore. Google (again!) has come up with a way to stream the internet to your television that’s so easy to set up that you can have your two-year-old do it. (Well, not really, but you get the idea.)
Simply put, there is no easier way to watch online content on your TV than Chromecast.
Let’s say you’ve downloaded a movie on your computer. Barring another beta technological way of viewing internet on TV (translated “we don’t know if it works yet or not”), you could watch the movie one of three ways:
#1: You could watch it right there on your huge nineteen-inch computer monitor.
#2: Assuming you have a blank DVD-R somewhere, you could convert it to the right format for watching DVDs (using good software; it’ll mess up if you don’t), burn the converted file (using good software; it’ll mess up if you don’t) to DVD, and then go watch the DVD on your DVD player.
(Note: By the time you’re done doing all of that, you probably won’t care if you watch the movie anymore; it took too long and a better one’s on TV now, anyway.)
#3: You could take your wireless Chromecast device, plug it into your HDTV, and press a button on your smartphone, your tablet, or your laptop and watch your movie.
That’s how the Chromecast works, by the way. It’s a wireless device that plugs into the USB port on your HDTV. You plug it in, connect it to wi-fi, and you’re all set.
It’s that easy.
Chromecast works with Android, Chrome for Mac and Windows, and iOS.
And what’s the damage price-wise?
The Chromecast runs thirty-five dollars pretty much anywhere; Amazon has Chromecasts on back order if you want to get on the list.
Pretty cool, huh? The choice is yours:
You can keep on watching everything that’s on the internet – YouTube and live concerts and the latest movies – on your computer.
Or spend thirty five bucks and watch it all on your TV. No remotes, no extra cables and gadgets, no intense setup cost or effort.
Google Chromecast. At least you won’t have to buy blank DVDs anymore.
Lori Cline, Phoenix Gadgets Examiner
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