Have you wanted to get rid of your cable or satellite company and cut the cord for good, but aren't sure where to begin? Here's a look at some of the devices and streaming services that let you watch your favorite movies and programs when you want, and where you want.
Google has announced that it will bring its popular mobile platform to the living room in the form of Android TV. The new version of the OS will have a focus on simplicity and will support live TV, apps, voice search and even multiplayer gaming.
Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick have both been around for a while now. When Roku was first released, more recently, it touted itself as having a huge number of channels, something Chromecast didn't. But gradually, Google has been catching up. Gizmag decided to compare the two.
Google opened up the Chromecast SDK to developers
earlier this year, and some new and exciting apps are starting to pop up. One of them is Videostream for Google Chromecast. The developers describe it simply as "What you bought your Chromecast for." It allows you to stream your local videos from your computer, NAS, and other network locations to the big screen. The big draw here is that it supports virtually any video or audio file type you have.
When Google's Chromecast launched
in July, it was announced that Pandora would soon be joining the handful of launch apps officially supported by the dongle. That day has arrived with the release of version 5.0 of the Pandora app.
currently doesn't have a whole lot of options beyond its handful of officially supported apps. Here's how to get a little more out of Chromecast, from mirroring your desktop to playing your own video files.
If you're shopping for a TV streaming device, you have quite a few options, ranging from set-top-boxes
to game consoles
. But where does Google's new Chromecast
fit into the mix? We know it's cheap (US$35), but is it a legit rival to, say, the Apple TV? Read on, as we compare the two different approaches to the 21st century living room.
Television may be ripe for innovation, but we're still waiting for that one big product that turns the market on its head. We have various set-top boxes, led by the Apple TV and Roku
, as well as video game consoles with lofty aspirations
. But could something as simple as a dongle that plugs into an HDMI port be the revolution we've been waiting for? Let's find out, as Gizmag reviews the Google Chromecast