Chromecast Overview Updated August 6, 2016


The Chromecast is a media streaming device from Google, allowing you to play your favorite content from Netflix, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and countless other services on your television. The device is a small HDMI dongle, and retails for $35.

255 Chromecast stories

July 2013 - August 2016

Chromecast Stories August 6

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After selling over 30 million units, Google is continuing to add more and more perks for Chromecast owners. We’ve seen deals on Google Play rentals, free extended trials to services like Netflix, and now, a 2 month free trial for Spotify’s premium subscription.

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Chromecast Stories July 31

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Chromecast Stories July 1

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Soon, the Google Cast extension will do nothing but add an extra button to your Chrome toolbar. Beginning with Chrome 51, Google Cast is built directly into the desktop browser and Chrome OS. And in addition to no longer requiring a separate extension for casting, Google is also adding the ability to mirror a Chrome tab directly into Google Hangouts with version 52…

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Chromecast Stories June 29

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Chromecast Stories June 1

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If you search Amazon for streaming media players, you’ll find plenty of them. The one thing you won’t find is any Chromecast devices, and company CEO Jeff Bezos told the Re/code conference why not. Chromecast doesn’t currently offer access to Amazon’s own Prime Video platform, and Bezos says that isn’t because Google refuses to include it, but because it wants too much money for doing so.

[W]hen we sell those devices, we want our player — our Prime Video player — to be on the device, and we want it to be on the device with acceptable business terms. You can always get the player on the device. The question is, can you get it on there with acceptable business terms?

While he doesn’t say so outright, the meaning of the vague phrase is pretty clear …

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