If you love watching movies and television shows, chances are, you have a Netflix or Hulu and would spend time glued on your PC, laptop and mobile device. However, not only do these devices have limited screen sizes, using them continuously for long periods of time can consume too much battery. What you need is a gadget that can solve these concerns and lets you enjoy your favorite chick flicks and shows on your wide screen LED TV. That said, you need to invest in Chromecast.

What is Chromecast?

Google, Inc is a popular technology company that offers internet-related products and services which include software and hardware. They also launched a device that lets users enjoy video streaming from their high-definition television sets. Compact, convenient and affordable, the first generation Chromecast device was launched in 2013. You just need to connect the dongle, which is powered by USB cable, into an HDMI port and use your smartphone or mobile device as your remote control. With it, you can now access audio and video content from Hulu, YouTube, Google Play Store and Netflix. Moreover, you can use it to stream content from your Chrome browser.

Since its first introduction to the market, there were other models or versions launched by Google. These include an audio-only version, another faster new version and the Chromecast Ultra with 4K Ultra HD support.

How does Google Chromecast work?

Basically, Chromecast becomes a portal for streaming apps downloaded to your mobile phone or device which are to be “cast” onto your HDTV. By selecting the Chromecast icon from the streaming app on your device, the content you want to view is cast to the Chromecast device. As soon as it detects the movie or TV show you want to watch, it streams the content directly from the service and onto your screen. Conversely, your mobile phone serves as the remote control and will not consume too much battery. But if you use Chromecast with your Chrome browser, the device will display what is on your browser.

Chromecast Devices

Google Chromecast works on smartphones like Android and iPhones as well as tablets, iPads, Chrome for Windows and Mac OS X. There is also an app known as Tube Cast which allows YouTube streaming for Windows Phones but it is limited.

The Chromecast iteration that followed the first generation has a puck-like design and is available in three colors: coral, lemonade and black. It also has a malleable HDMI cord, three built-in antennas and supports 5 GHz bands as well as 802.11 ac. Chromecast Ultra, on the other hand, has higher pixels and offers 4K Ultra HD support. These features allow user to view HDR content which have deeper contrast and richer colors. Moreover, this model has Ethernet support and boasts of a faster speed than its predecessor.

Chromecast Audio, the other model of this device is used for music streaming via Wi-Fi connection. It casts audio from Pandora, Spotify and Google Play Music and can be remotely controlled via computers, iOS and Android devices.

This product from Google is highly recommended if you want to enjoy video and audio streaming from your television without breaking the bank. And with these Google Chromecast tips, you can turn your TV into a personal dashboard and make the most of your viewing experience.