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Just a FYI

My WD Live TV and my Vizio TV both support the same functionality as this Chromecast.

Just figured it out the other day when watching a video I wanted to share the link... I hit the -<8 button in upper right of chrome on my iPhone and low and behold, I saw both Vizio and WD as display options.

Vizio TV worked MUCH faster than the WD on initial launch/link... but after that they were similar.

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@souka: The thing your TVs lack is the open source SDK that the Chromecast has. Just recently full screen casting from Android phones was introduced via some hacks. Good luck finding that on a Vizio.

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@domenci: I don't think "open source" alone is a selling point. I get better functionality with my laptop hooked into my TV and my PS3.

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I got one for Christmas and have tried it out streaming media files via Chromecast from my desktop PC (wired ethernet) and I was not impressed. It was pretty laggy. Compared to the quality of the TV/WMC picture on my laptop (wireless) from the same desktop's cablecard it wasn't close.

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My internet speed is 50 Mbps down and 5 up. My router is a Buffalo WZR-600 We have 2 ChromeCast running at the same time, we also share our internet with VoIP home phone (Ooma), 4 cell phones (Republicwirless) all running at the same time.

@eastgreen: My picture is good, it gets better over time, I think it just wants to give you a picture and within a minute the quality ramps up.

@sirjack: I have a PC hooked to my TV with an IR remote and Android tablet as a 2nd remote. We still use the ChromeCast %95 of the time with Netflix and Hulu.

@domenci: A full 700mb file from the MotoX does not cast on the ChromeCast. I am not sure the codex.
The concert I recorded of my kids from the phone does a great job casting to the ChromeCast from the MotoX.

The kids take turns pushing youtube to the TV.

Not bad for $30

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I have streamed for years with a cable hooked from my laptop to the tv and a wireless mouse. I recently bought a newer laptop with an A8. I primarily stream tv shows from Hulu free, abc, nbc and cw. I bought the chromecast from walmart so that I could easily return it if it didn't work out. When streaming with the chromecast from the sites listed above the picture resolution was horrible and the sound was out of sync. In other words the chromecast was crap and I returned it. Since then I have discovered the plex channel for my roku and, using the nbc, abc, and cw channels for plex, with the same laptop as my server, I am able to watch shows with crisp video.

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@avg1joe: Were you streaming from PC directly to your Chromecast? Direct app streams typically have no problem for me, but I haven't tried direct PC to Chromecast streaming yet. I'm disappointed to hear that if it's the case.

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I was attempting to stream from a chrome browser tab on the pc.

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Net neutrality is dead, and so chromecast and streaming services will follow. Your friendly cableco can and will either kill, slow down, or ask for grift from every service provider on their pipes. Now THAT is how you exercise monopoly power!

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I used a Chromecast since it came out until I picked up a Roku on Sellout.Woot. I had zero issues with it and found it to be a pretty novel way to stream. Many times I didn't want to go grab my laptop, so I could just hop onto Netflix with my iPhone and tell it to stream to Chromecast. Since it doesn't stream THROUGH the iPhone, it didn't eat my battery up. I think that's cool.

I got the Roku because it's more user friendly for the non-tech people in my house and because it has Amazon streaming. If Chromecast had Amazon Prime, I'd probably never have gotten the Roku. Other channels like HBO Go are nice, but you need a cable provider to get them - which to me totally defeats the purpose - and my provider, Comcast, doesn't allow all channels regardless of whether you pay for it in your cable package or not (those tools!).

If I ever put a TV in my bedroom, I'll just use the Chromecast. It's nice, I like it.

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It's probably not worth getting if I already have a PS3 on one TV and a Roku on the other, right?

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@caffeine_dude: What I was saying is that not only will the capability to stream different formats come about sooner or later, you will be able to see whatever is on your MotoX on the screen, with sound. So if you can play it, it will cast. You'll see your home screen and all your apps. You won't be casting links to the device, you'll be using it as a secondary screen.

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Hard to beat price to make your TV "smart." Plus, you can bet Google will continue to enhance/improve. I have two Roku's on the "main TV's" and a Chromecast on the loft TV.

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@avg1joe: @lostporcupine:
I think I know what is up, %100 not sure this is based on experience.
I think tab casting video has a lot to do with the video card.
Here is why:
I my old PC c2d with Radeon 3450 could not play NBC's tab on the ChromeCast.
I borrowed a laptop i7 and it used almost all of the 4 cores it was using. (8 core due to hyper-threading) not sure on video. Looked and sounded fine.
I tried it on my 'new PC' with early i5 750 and a Radeon 6800 series video card. I was barely using %75 of 1 core with dual monitor running. Looked and sounded fine.

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@jaf323: All we need for net neutrality is for the FCC to step up and draft some new regs instead of trying to shoehorn net neutrality into laws written long before the internet was even widespread.

Besides, companies (monopolies or not) won't succeed unless they supply a commodity consumers are willing to pay for. More and more people consume media via the internet, and I don't know too many of my fellow 20-somethings that sit down and watch broadcast television anymore. Big cable companies may own the wire our data flows across but do you think they'll keep customers happy if they start choking the speed? And what do they stand to gain from that anyway? Throttling bandwidth on content won't make consumers say, "Hey, I like watching TV/movies from online services, but darned if Verizon/Comcast will let me. I guess I'll just have to give Verizon/Comcast more of my money so I can get that content from them in a less convenient format." I don't think that's their strategy.

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So this isn't a deal... the device is 30$ regularly... or am i missing something?

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@owenrg: 35+ shipping is the normal price.

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This device would be great if it actually had any apps for it..

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@alfredenigma: Apps are starting to fly onto it now. Simply the recent inclusion of Plex gives this extreme value to me.

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@lostporcupine: I drag and dropped local files into Chrome on the desktop and it worked perfectly. All my video is ripped as x264 mp4 files though which both Android and iOS like so your mileage may vary.

I like the Chromecast and think for the cost it's a great add on that will continue to grow with the SDK release. We still use the Roku for netflix though and the Raspberry Pi with XBMC for most stuff though.