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Google Chromecast: Does It Work?

By Melissa Scheffler, mscheffler@kwch.com
Published On: Jan 22 2014 10:40:12 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2014 06:19:14 AM CST

Jenny McMullen has to navigate a complex series of cables, remotes, and devices if she wants to watch an internet-streamed movie or show.

“You have to choose between the Blue Ray player and the computer.  So, you always have to pull it out and put it in.  Depending on what you're using.  And, it can wear out the connection,” Jenny said.

Google's Chromecast promises to streamline this process.  It says it's the "easiest way to watch online video on your TV."  We got it for 35-dollars from "Best Buy."

Jenny reads the instructions, "Chromecast plugs into any HDMI port on your TV and it uses your existing Wi-Fi network to stream video from your internet to your T.V.”

Jenny starts setting it up.  She plugs the Chromecast into her TV's HDMI connection.  Then, she connects the Chromecast to the power adapter.  After switching the input... Jenny follows another set of instructions on her computer.  She needs to connect the Chromecast to her wireless internet.  When the devices have found one another, Jenny looks for the Chromecast icon on her computer screen.

"Oh, oh, oh... this little guy,” Jenny said.

She logs into Netflix on her computer and waits for Chromecast to stream her movie on her TV.

"I think it looks better than the computer.  Definitely,” Jenny said.

Jenny says the movie is HD quality.  But she's not done challenging the Chromecast.  It should also work with her iPhone.

"I think that's pretty cool,” Jenny said.

Not only does it look better.  But, Chromecast turned Jenny's complicated process into a cinch.

Does it work?

"I think so.  Yes,” Jenny said.

Jenny brought-up a great point.  You still have to use your computer, tablet, or smart phone with an internet connection to use Chromecast.  So, those devices need to be charged for this to work.

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