Go Back  Bike Forums > The Lounge > Foo
Reload this Page >

Chromecast

Notices
Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

Chromecast

Old 12-18-14, 12:13 PM
  #1  
no motor?
Unlisted member
Thread Starter
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 6,188

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1222 Post(s)
Liked 247 Times in 177 Posts
Chromecast

I bought this as an impulse buy for my GF who's been wanting to cancel her cable service without consulting my fellow masterminds here in Foo (I know, what a dumb move). It seems like a good idea (especially with the gift receipt), is it? Who's used it and what do you think of it?
no motor? is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:15 PM
  #2  
bikebuddha 
Senior Member
 
bikebuddha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Somewhere in time
Posts: 1,137
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I've got one and a Roku. It's a neat little device, if you have a nexus 5 you can mirror your phone to your TV. I use it for Netflix, ESPN, HBO to go, Youtube, and Google play. Streaming from the chrome browser is possible but the results vary depending on your hardware. On my ancient macbook pro they're acceptable.
__________________
The few, the proud, the likely insane, Metro-Atlanta bicycle commuters.
bikebuddha is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:23 PM
  #3  
UnsafeAlpine
Domestic Domestique
 
UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,742

Bikes: Brand New Old Catamount! Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized FSR, Salsa Vaya, Salsa Chile Con Crosso

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Love ours.
UnsafeAlpine is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:24 PM
  #4  
Wulf
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 798
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 233 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 20 Times in 15 Posts
I have one too. It beats watching youtube on your phone or lap-top. YT and Hulu are the only things I have set up for it now.
Wulf is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:28 PM
  #5  
skijor
on by
 
skijor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 949

Bikes: Waterford RS-33, Salsa Vaya, Bacchetta Giro 20 ATT

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 681 Post(s)
Liked 189 Times in 116 Posts
Passed in favor of a Roku 3 due to CC's lack of Amazon Prime Video (I recently switched from NF). Yes, there are hacks but I'd rather not have to go that route.
skijor is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:33 PM
  #6  
Shimagnolo
Senior Member
 
Shimagnolo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Zang's Spur, CO
Posts: 8,872
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1997 Post(s)
Liked 769 Times in 461 Posts
My laptop sits on a shelf beside the sofa in my den.
Audio & video cables extend from the entertainment system on the opposite wall, to that shelf.
So anything that can be viewed on the laptop, can be viewed on the big screen and listened to through the stereo system.
No gadgets/gimmicks required, and two long cables don't cost much.
Shimagnolo is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 12:50 PM
  #7  
no motor?
Unlisted member
Thread Starter
 
no motor?'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Posts: 6,188

Bikes: Specialized Hardrock

Mentioned: 29 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1222 Post(s)
Liked 247 Times in 177 Posts
One thing that's appealing about it is being able to use a smartphone as a remote. Does that work?
no motor? is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 03:39 PM
  #8  
UnsafeAlpine
Domestic Domestique
 
UnsafeAlpine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Michigan
Posts: 1,742

Bikes: Brand New Old Catamount! Schwinn Homegrown, Specialized FSR, Salsa Vaya, Salsa Chile Con Crosso

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by no motor? View Post
One thing that's appealing about it is being able to use a smartphone as a remote. Does that work?
Yes. We have both android and iOS and it works well on both.
UnsafeAlpine is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 04:04 PM
  #9  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,588

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8648 Post(s)
Liked 997 Times in 688 Posts
Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
My laptop sits on a shelf beside the sofa in my den.
Audio & video cables extend from the entertainment system on the opposite wall, to that shelf.
So anything that can be viewed on the laptop, can be viewed on the big screen and listened to through the stereo system.
No gadgets/gimmicks required, and two long cables don't cost much.
That's my setup too... except my "media room" is also my office, and a long HDMI cable does the trick... this actually makes the big TV the third monitor on my desktop computer.

In the meantime, I was wondering if CC was worth anything to me, since I am already so connected.
genec is offline  
Old 12-18-14, 07:49 PM
  #10  
bjtesch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Irving, TX
Posts: 358

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by genec View Post
That's my setup too... except my "media room" is also my office, and a long HDMI cable does the trick... this actually makes the big TV the third monitor on my desktop computer.

In the meantime, I was wondering if CC was worth anything to me, since I am already so connected.
I got a CC specifically to stream Netflix and for that it usually works pretty well, but it is also very finicky. Sometimes it responds to commands pretty well, other times it acts like it has its own mind and either won't start the streaming or won't stop it.

One thing about the CC is that once you have started it with your browser, it runs on its own and your computer can go on to do other things.
bjtesch is offline  
Old 12-19-14, 03:50 PM
  #11  
no1mad 
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Posts: 8,852

Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 272 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 5 Times in 1 Post
Question: How many of the supported apps are for non-premium/subscription based content? I took a look at the apps that appear on the CC product overview page and it looked like there were only a couple that I know of that have free versions (Pandora and youtube mainly).
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline  
Old 12-19-14, 04:10 PM
  #12  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,588

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8648 Post(s)
Liked 997 Times in 688 Posts
Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
I got a CC specifically to stream Netflix and for that it usually works pretty well, but it is also very finicky. Sometimes it responds to commands pretty well, other times it acts like it has its own mind and either won't start the streaming or won't stop it.

One thing about the CC is that once you have started it with your browser, it runs on its own and your computer can go on to do other things.
LOL... get a fast enough computer and you can stream netflix, compile video, and do CAD work at the same time, and barely notice it. An i7 with a few cores running a 64bit OS can do amazing things. Even running Windoze.
genec is offline  
Old 12-19-14, 07:39 PM
  #13  
Juan Foote
LBKA (formerly punkncat)
 
Juan Foote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jawja
Posts: 3,631

Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1150 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 95 Posts
Yeah, I also agree with the repeated sentiment that a capable laptop or media center build is the way to go. Much more capable and future proof. Many of the media centric OS like XBMC-buntu have smartphone integration like remote control, recording, etc. Much like a netbook, these little streaming devices are typically right on the edge of capable for now. I guess I really can't talk seeing how I am using a netbook on Ubuntu using Chrome to play video to the TV...so really the same just bigger and much much more power use.
Juan Foote is offline  
Old 12-19-14, 08:58 PM
  #14  
bjtesch
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Irving, TX
Posts: 358

Bikes: Schwinn Paramount

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by genec View Post
LOL... get a fast enough computer and you can stream netflix, compile video, and do CAD work at the same time, and barely notice it. An i7 with a few cores running a 64bit OS can do amazing things. Even running Windoze.
I was thinking more about monitor space, but if you have the TV connected as a second monitor then that wouldn't matter.

I was less than satisfied with CC coupled with an ipad because it doesn't respond very well. I haven't tried it all that much with a computer controlling it because I don't want to run Chrome on my computer. For all I know it might work very well that way.

As for a media computer- a good media computer is probably the best solution but would be relatively expensive. The CC is one of the cheapest streaming solutions there is. Even a long HDMI cable to connect to your computer would probably cost more than the CC does. Another possible solution- at my house I use the CC in my spare bedroom. In the den where we watch the most I stream Netflix through our LG wifi bluray player. Since we were buying a player anyway it didn't cost us much more to buy one with wifi.
bjtesch is offline  
Old 12-19-14, 09:23 PM
  #15  
Juan Foote
LBKA (formerly punkncat)
 
Juan Foote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jawja
Posts: 3,631

Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1150 Post(s)
Liked 127 Times in 95 Posts
The device that seems to be filling the cost to performance void in this market is a NUC. Even with those you have to be sure the onboard graphics are capable of true HD at the resolution you want to run. Neat factor to price on CC I agree with the above that you won't find anything like it in that respect, but as performance goes you will get what you paid for.
Juan Foote is offline  
Old 12-20-14, 09:23 AM
  #16  
fuzzylegs
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Burlington, ON Canada
Posts: 10

Bikes: Cannondale Synapse Disk 5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I'm happy with mine, but just use it to play movies from my laptop. Most other apps (Netflix, Crackle, etc) are already available on my TV.

I tried the HDMI cable from the laptop to the TV originally, but never could get the sound to work.
fuzzylegs is offline  
Old 12-20-14, 09:59 AM
  #17  
genec
genec
 
genec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: West Coast
Posts: 26,588

Bikes: custom built, sannino, beachbike, giant trance x2

Mentioned: 44 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8648 Post(s)
Liked 997 Times in 688 Posts
Originally Posted by bjtesch View Post
I was thinking more about monitor space, but if you have the TV connected as a second monitor then that wouldn't matter.

I was less than satisfied with CC coupled with an ipad because it doesn't respond very well. I haven't tried it all that much with a computer controlling it because I don't want to run Chrome on my computer. For all I know it might work very well that way.

As for a media computer- a good media computer is probably the best solution but would be relatively expensive. The CC is one of the cheapest streaming solutions there is. Even a long HDMI cable to connect to your computer would probably cost more than the CC does. Another possible solution- at my house I use the CC in my spare bedroom. In the den where we watch the most I stream Netflix through our LG wifi bluray player. Since we were buying a player anyway it didn't cost us much more to buy one with wifi.
I think you are right on a few counts there. In my case the TV is the third monitor... I run with two just to get work done. And indeed the 50 foot HDMI cable did cost more than chromecast... but then I can share any part of any app or desktop to my third monitor.

The irony is windows doesn't support different sound outlets the same as it supports video outlets. So in order to get quality sound to my big screen area (third monitor), I have a set of amplified speakers on my desk into which I plug a cable that runs the audio to a set of good speakers on either side of the big monitor. Windows hasn't figured out that sort of operation yet... that at times I want the sound coming from my main monitor near the keyboard, and at other times from a different set of speakers.

The HDMI cable does support both a good picture and audio... but windows doesn't support moving audio in the same manner it supports moving an app window from monitor to monitor... go figure.

I may still go with CC though, as I understand I can share video from smart phones and ipads to my big monitor... which gives me yet more areas from which to access content... even if it is just the content my family creates.
genec is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.