Streaming media is nothing new. We have been watching YouTube and IPTV for years now, but over the past couple of years streaming video services have become extremely popular and are not just reserved for your PC or mobile device anymore. No one wants to sit around someone’s laptop to watch movies and other videos. Google has come up with a very simple and inexpensive way to bring all of that streaming content to any TV that has an HDMI port. The Google Chromecast is a simple HDMI dongle that allows you to stream content from any Google Chrome tab and from a wide variety of supported apps. Let’s jump in and see what this thing can do!
Well a few months ago I finally did the unbelievable and canceled my cable subscription. The main reason behind this is was that I rarely watched TV at all and honestly most of the stations I did watch showed the same shows over and over again. It was weird not having cable after having it for the past 29 years of my life it seems like, but I have really got used to it and with the money it has saved me I have been able to do other things and buy some other gadgets. In this article series I will be going through my journey of canceling my cable and finding alternatives. Today I will be focusing on hardware to watch media on your TV.
Google has not made it clear whether or not they will eventually allow users to stream local videos through Chromecast. Right now we do know that they do not want third party app developers to add this functionality. This is most likely do to legal reasons and the negative effect it could have with potential future content partnerships.
The teardown of Google’s little Chromecast media-streaming HDMI dongle is definitely getting a lot of notice for $35. Just after a few days when Google announced its Chromecast media streaming device, we have already seen what is inside this small dongle. It’s actually a simple device, with a small motherboard assembled inside the plastic case, consisting of four chips on it.