Google Chromecast Turns Regular TVs Into Internet-Media Smart TVs

Source: Wilson Rothman / NBC News

Google just revealed a tiny HDMI dongle that connects to your plain old, non-smart TV, letting you send YouTube videos, Netflix movies, Pandora music and other content from the Internet to the television, all controlled by a phone, tablet or laptop.

The controlling device doesn’t stream the content to the TV, which would drain the battery. Instead, you use your phone or other gadget to tell YouTube and other Internet content providers what to play on the node, called Chromecast. It’s not just limited to Android, either — it’ll works with the iPhone YouTube app, and via the Chrome Web browser.

It can turn on your TV, switch to the right source input, and play videos. In the case of YouTube, the service detects Chromecast on your home Wi-Fi network, and instructs it to control the TV — even the volume.

Though the device connects via HDMI, it gets its power through USB. (Not sure if that needs an extra cord or what.)

Google Chromecast cost $35.00 and is available via the Google Play store.

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