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Want a quick, cheap and easy way to stream video content to your TV from your smartphone or computer? Then why not consider the Google Chromecast?*
The Google Chromecast
If you are anything like me, you don’t watch much terrestrial TV anymore. I watch TV when I want to, rarely watching a programme until well after it has aired. I pick and choose from various providers, like Netflix, BBCiPlayer and Now TV. Then, once I have found something worth watching I tend to binge watch the whole series (Yes, Call Of Duty, I’m talking to you).
But it can be hard work, and it is difficult for the whole family to gather around a small tablet or mobile screen. So now there is an easier way to watch your streaming content.
What is a Google Chromecast?
The Google Chromecast is a small round device that you plug into the HDMI port of your TV using the USB cable provided. By using your computer or smartphone, you can use the Chromecast device to stream video content from various providers, such as
- Google Play
Stream films, TV shows, the latest music and games directly from your phone or computer into your TV. No more straining to see your favourite content on your iPad or laptop.
How Does It Work?
It really is simple –
- Plug the device into the TV – and plug it into the electrical socket using the cables provided.
- Connect the Google Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network
- Download the Google Home App on your computer, mobile or tablet.
- Set up the Chromecast
- Stream the content you wish to watch or listen to. It is THAT easy!
Are There Different Types?
Yes, as the Chromecast has evolved there is now an Ultra model. As with iPhones, there has been a second and third generation of models, all better than the last and offering slightly more. So do check that the model you want gives you the services and coverage that you need.
What Do You Need To Use The Chromecast?
Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra require a TV with an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi network and a compatible computer or mobile device. Some features may not be available in all areas. You may need to purchase a subscription to view certain content, and some of the services may not be available unless you have a suitable internet speed.
There are some great deals around at the moment to buy one for yourself. Why not check them out?
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*This is a collaborative post. For more info, see my disclosure page*