We are at the beginning of a historical shift that favors watching television on mobile devices. Fortunately, Google Chromecast makes it possible to enjoy your favorite shows on the big screen again. The thumb-sized media streaming device turns any smartphone into a personal remote control that gives users a whole new way to enjoy television.
How Does it Work?
The strong preference to stream videos via smartphones is apparent. In fact, Google announced that 40 percent of YouTube traffic comes from mobile devices. With Chromecast you can continue to use YouTube on your smartphone with the additional option of mirroring what you see on your TV. It doesn’t matter if you’re the owner of a Samsung Galaxy S5 or iPhone, Chromecast works well with both the Android and iOS platform. Additionally, Google Chromecast is compatible with many of your favorite apps, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go and Pandora.
The Benefits of Google Chromecast
Google’s new streaming device continues to be a bestseller on Amazon. At just $35, it’s an affordable tech tool even if you’re not one to jump on the bandwagon of new electronics straight away. Additionally, this device is easy to install. You won’t have to endure a complicated setup or a tangle of cords to start watching Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead on your television. Simply, insert the Chromecast dongle directly into the HDMI plug on your TV, connect Chromecast to the USB power cable and set up the device to connect to your Wi-Fi network, explains All About Chromecast. One thing to keep in mind is that Chromecast is not just for watching videos. This versatile device can also stream photos and music directly to your TV from content saved on your smartphone, tablet or computer or from the Web.
The Downsides of Google Chromecast
Unfortunately, every gadget has its limits. Chromecast is not supported by other browsers, except for Google chrome. Also, the lack of authentication makes it possible for others to cast onto your device, which means that anyone on your Wi-Fi network can replace your cast with their own, according to the Google Chromecast user guide. Software limitations aside, Chromecast will also not work with older televisions. But don’t lose hope yet. If you own a TV without a USB port, a power adapter can provide the necessary energy the device needs, reports All About Chromecast.
The Future of Television
With all this talk of instant streaming, you might be wondering what the future of television looks like. That depends largely on what the consumer wants and what the consumer wants is to watch whatever content they want, whenever they want, wherever they want, states Wired. Chromecast provides users with the ability to stream content at any time and any place. Plus, thanks to the cloud, content can now be delivered to us in a variety of platforms and devices.
No longer are we restricted to receiving our daily dose of entertainment via the television at a dictated hour. The freedom we have with devices like Chromecast will move us away from traditional television and into an age where only on demand content thrives.