questionshave you seen the latest google gadget…

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This looks like a no-brainer purchase at $35. Unfortunately, while the article says "available now", the Google Play page says "coming soon". So one cannot place an order yet. Hopefully this is not vaporware.

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so, if i'm watching something off Amazon using the chrome browser, i can send it to my tv?

@nortonsark: try ordering again. when i load it, it says "Ships by August 7, 2013." EDIT: now it says "coming soon" again.

now i can buy. total was 42.55 after tax+shipping

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@carl669: In theory yes. I can wait to see this used in the real world to see all that it is capable of.

@nortonstark: Just ordered mine. It states what @carl669 got "Ships by August 7, 2013"

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After multiple attempts, I finally was successful in placing an order. I kept getting different error messages from Google telling me to try again later. Each time I retried, the order process was slightly modified, so I think someone was changing the system during the order process. Eventually, though, it went through with the addition of sales tax and $3.99 shipping. In my case the order totaled $42.58.

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@conanthelibrarian: from gizmodo:

"But even better, this isn't limited to specific service-based applications like Netflix. The desktop version of Chrome is getting a cast button so that you can beam your Chrome tab to your TV with a click. So in the case of something like HBO Go, which doesn't yet support Chromecast—and who know, maybe it never will—you can simply beam the browser-player to your TV and be done. The one caveat, of course, is that we're almost certain that the media has to be in the cloud."

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I don't know... All this thing does is function as a receiver to get the streaming content from my phone or tablet onto the TV screen? All the processing is done by the mobile device...Better charge that device up before movie night! If you want your kid to stream video, they have to their grubby hands on the phone to control it... Seems like a $49 roku is still a better option.

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@bsmith1: you can also use your PC so that you do not have to worry about charging up your device.

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@conanthelibrarian: Oh, ok. That'd be great. This way, I can then visit the dishanywhere site on the PC and stream live and DVR'd dish network content to the dumb TV that is not connected to any satellite receivers.

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I don't think the processing is done by a mobile device. I think the mobile device just kicks off the event to start (kind of like a DMA not tying up CPU). According to the video showing the announcement, the Chromecast will then pull the data from the cloud itself. It was intriguing/cheap enough that I ordered one right away, though the jury is still out on whether this thing is or will be truly awesome.

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i'm wondering if i can just plug this into the back of my receiver instead of the tv. my tv has speakers, but i never bothered to set them up since all audio goes through the a/v. i suppose i could run an audio out from the tv to the receiver if needed. guess i'll just have to watch for more info.

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@carl669: I know! I can't wait to see that either. Since it's going to an HDMI input, I think it's going to work. If it does, it'll make Pandora awesome as soon as they release their app.

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I've got a cheap desktop computer plugged into my entertainment system, so I can surf the web, stream shows and music and do anything else I do one computer on my 65" TV with surround sound.

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@hmchenry142: Regarding processing: So when displaying the chrome browser, there is really a version of chrome running on the chromecast? If that's true, why can't it function independently from the phone/pc?

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@moondrake: On our main TV (only 55 inch), I have a PC, Xbox 360, Satellite Receiver, and Blu-ray Player all connected through a 7.1 surround sound system. The TV, Xbox, and Blu-ray all have streaming apps and whatnot on them. It's also networked to our main PC so we can stream vids and music from there. I have no need for this in the main room. I think these little devices are great for a bedroom, kitchen, etc situation.
In my scenario, this is to bring streaming content to a smaller TV (no apps) in the baby's room so we have something to do while rocking her to sleep. We don't want to set up a desktop PC and surround sound in there. In the future, she can watch cartoons and such without kicking daddy off his big-boy TV. Hopefully playback is smooth...

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@bsmith1: I'll start with the disclaimer that I honestly don't know and won't until I get to try it. I'm just speculating. My takeaway from the presentation is it appeared to receive the commands on what to go out and fetch on its own from the mobile device. The mobile device is just needed as input since it has to receive its tasking somehow. As someone else said, it would be a battery suck if coming from another device. It would also be hard on your mobile device in terms of bandwidth (downloading a video while uploading it for another device). My guess is the mobile device only tells it what to go do, otherwise this does not seem very innovative to me.

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@hmchenry142 @bsmith1: that's what i got out of it as well. will have to report back when i actually get the little bugger in my hands.

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@bsmith1: Yeah, my setup is similar, except exchange XBox for Wii. Using it for a 2nd TV makes sense. I have only 2 TV's one in the living room and one in the back porch screen room, but I just watch Blu-Rays and DVDs on the one in the screen room. Come Black Friday I'll be looking to replace the blu-ray player in there with one enabled with wireless Netflix. It needs to be very compact to fit the allotted space.

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@hmchenry142: there a person on Amazon that claims to "provide an honest review with an actual understanding of what and how the product works having had it for a couple weeks, without violating my NDA."

he says he's hooked it directly to his tv and to his a/v receiver. you can read the thread here

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I've seen it. It doesn't seem particularly useful. I can already stream things directly to my (smart) TV, or use my PS3/BD Player/Xbox as an intermediary, or that plus my Wii or Wii U to use Netflix, YouTube, and a variety of other internet video services.
In a world of smart TVs and internet-connected BD players and consoles, what use does this thing actually even have?
Heck, I can already put YouTube videos up on my TV from my phone if I want to.
This thing really seems like just another streaming device in a market already saturated with ways to stream content from PC/phone/tablet to TV.

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amazon temp sold out. placed order anyway.

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@earlyre: best buy is also offering them with free shipping. est delivery of 8/1-8/6. there's also rumors that some stores already have them. unfortunately, my store isn't one of them.

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/07/24/chromecast-on-shelves-in-some-best-buy-stores-and-live-on-the-website-35-and-free-shipping/

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well, i already placed the amazon order, and the nearest best buy is 45 min away. but thanx anyway.

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@earlyre: i had an amazon order and cancelled. best buy will ship to your home for free and at least they have an estimated delivery date.

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In for one via the Chrome store. I've got enough Android powered devices to make this at least kind of interesting, including a Chromebook that I use quite frequently at night.

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fyi....i cancelled my amazon order and ordered from best buy yesterday. just got an email today saying my order has shipped!

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I originally thought mine would be here on Monday, but it looks like my Amazon order will be here tomorrow as well. Ironically, I'm not ready and won't get any time to try it until Sunday... (so, I'll be checking to see what people think while mine sits at home in the box...) So far, the only complaints I've seen from the few that have used it for reviews is there are not enough apps. To me, that seems pretty positive because time can fix that.