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Google Chromecast Review.

 
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Google just announced a $35 HDMI don­gle that pushes movies, TV shows, and music from Net­flix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome to your TV from smart­phones, tablets and the Chrome browser. Accord­ing to Google, Chrome­cast can switch con­trol from one device to another with­out skip­ping a beat.

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Unlike the more expen­sive Apple Air­play, which sends video to a TV set via stream­ing right from an iPhone or iPad, Chrome­cast makes its own con­nec­tion to the Inter­net from home wifi net­works mak­ing it more reli­able. UPDATES The cherry on top? The pur­chase of a Chrome­cast device will come with a com­ple­men­tary three-month Net­flix subscription.

UPDATE 20130725: It seems that Chrome­cast is cur­rently sold out on Google Play, but just saw it posted on Ama­zon. We didn’t buy one…we got two!

UPDATE 20130728 Bit­ter­sweet news:
The GOOD: My new toys arrived. The instal­la­tion on our HDTV + Nexus 4 + Nexus 7 + iMac + Mac­Book Pro took about 10 minutes all together. It doesn’t get sim­pler than this.
The GREAT: Con­firmed! Chrome­cast not only works with Net­flix and YouTube, it can also play ANY VIDEO file stored on your com­puter or exter­nal hard drive. First install the Chrome­cast exten­sion, then drag and drop the video to the browser and lastly share the tab to your TV.
The BAD: Both Google and Ama­zon can­celled the 3-month Net­flix promo ““due to over­whelm­ing demand.” Not cool. It seems that Google will honor the promo for orders placed before 1PM PST on 7/25. Ama­zon will only make the Net­flix offer avail­able to “cus­tomers who ordered their Chrome­cast prior to 5:31 PM PST on July 24. Appar­ently a gift code via email within 5 days of their product’s ship date. I ordered mine within the “lucky” time­frame but haven’t received the gift code.

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UPDATE 20130729: I am very impressed with Chromecast’s multi-platform com­pat­i­bil­ity. It works with iOS, Android OS, Mac OS, and Win­dows OS. Air­Play is lim­ited to iOS, Mac OS and very lim­ited sup­port for Win­dows through iTunes. In a nut­shell: Air­Play is Apple and Chrome­cast is Google.

UPDATE 20130730: I spent 45 min­utes yes­ter­day with Amazon’s cus­tomer ser­vice dis­cussing the Net­flix issue. I just received an email with my 3-month promo code and addi­tional infor­ma­tion that might help some of our readers.

Google Chromecast - Netflix Gift Code Promotion

Get a 3-Month Net­flix Gift Code with Pur­chase of a Google Chrome­cast
Pur­chase a Google Chrome­cast and receive a Net­flix gift code redeemable towards 3 months of Net­flix stream­ing ser­vice on a new or exist­ing account. The gift code will be emailed to you a week after your Chrome­cast has shipped.
Fol­low the instruc­tions below to redeem your code:
1) Go to netflix.com/chromecast.
2) Enter the Net­flix code from your email and click ‘Con­tinue’.
3) If you are a new mem­ber, you will be asked to cre­ate a Net­flix account. No billing infor­ma­tion is required.
4) If you are an exist­ing Net­flix mem­ber, login into your Net­flix account and your sub­scrip­tion will be cred­ited for 3 months worth of stream­ing services.

This Offer expired on July 25, 2013 at 5:30 PM PST.

Net­flix gift codes expire 12/31/13. Valid for 3 months of Net­flix ser­vice on the $7.99 (a month) Unlim­ited Stream­ing plan (for total value of $23.97). Valid for pre­vi­ous, new and exist­ing Net­flix mem­bers. Offer avail­able while sup­plies last. A com­puter or other device that streams from Net­flix (man­u­fac­tured and sold sep­a­rately) and broad­band Inter­net con­nec­tion are required to watch instantly. Offer is not redeemable or refund­able for cash, sub­ject to applic­a­ble law, and can­not be exchanged for Net­flix Gift Sub­scrip­tions. You may apply the value of the offer to a dif­fer­ent plan, or other ser­vices offered by Net­flix. Exchanges in this man­ner may alter the dura­tion of the offer. Limit of one pro­mo­tion will be applied towards each monthly mem­ber­ship fee for your Net­flix account.”