As time passes we come out with more innovative technology to make our lives easier and more entertaining. Recently (after buying an HDMI cable) I learned about Chromecast, a way to any HDMI compatible TV into a smart TV from the couch. The release of this was not surprising; in fact I have been waiting for something like this to be released for a long time.
Personally I found the HDMI cable to be the greatest invention but then again it is kind of like going back to the days when remotes were obsolete. Every time I wanted to pause or use any controls I would have to get up and navigate my computer across the room. This is a hassle and seems mismatched from our current technology.
Now with Chromecast and Apple TV we can sit on our couches and make our not so smart TVs into smart TVs without paying for a fancy, expensive TV. Chromecast runs about 35 dollars but is only a one-time cost and can be found on sale. Every thing one usually watches on a small screen can now be shown across the room on the TV with this usb type device. It can access many apps but currently even these are still limited as Chromecast is still young compared to other streaming devices such as Apple TV.
Since Chromecast stems from the Google Chrome browser, one can stream almost anything they want from Google Chrome making this basically the same as an HDMI cable. At the same time Chromecast is close to useless if one does not subscribe to the apps such as Netflix and Hulu Plus unless it is worth is to buy this just to listen to Pandora (with ads) and watch YouTube videos as well as only access other free content.
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