Google’s TV streaming hardware has now been released in the UK at long last. The Chromecast will allow you to stream video and music from the likes of YouTube, Netflix and Google Play direct from your Nexus tablet to your TV.
It will plug directly into a spare HDMI port on the back of your television and can be controlled from a range of compatible tablets, smartphones and even laptops.
It will be interesting to see how support develops, for example will Chromecast support iPlayer and other UK television streaming apps such as 4OD and ITV player? Either way, this makes for a good option to bring modern streaming technology to an older television.
Google have released the Chromecast SDK which will allow developers to build in Chromecast support into their apps. You can also ‘cast’ a webpage from your tablet’s browser onto your TV which seems clever but I can’t think of any real use case for wanting to do that when I could just look down at my Nexus 7.
Specs: The HDMI dongle is light at just 34g with dimensions of 72 x 35 x 12mm. It uses HDMI, so do make sure your TV has a spare slot, and it supports video output up to 1080p (Full HD) resolution. Content is streamed over 2.4GHz 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
I’m not sure it offers me anything that my Tivo box can’t already deliver and I already own a SlimPort cable to bring my tablet screen to my telly, but it would go nicely with the old TV I have in my bedroom.
Will you be buying the Chromecast?