Sunday, August 23, 2015

Everyone's doing it?

A few months ago, I made a post regarding the use of Google's Chromecast and how lousy it is.

To refresh the mind, I'll make some points about it:

  • HDMI fob that plugs right in to a flat screen TV (providing you have an updated screen).
  • Must have Google Chrome as an internet browser if you intend on "mirroring" what you see on your tablet, smartphone or computer and watching something from Youtube on a bigger monitor.
  • If you do not have Chrome, you can download the Chromecast app, but it's buggy. You also have to download every other app in the world when you want to watch a movie or stream a TV show (Enter the likes of HBOGO, Netflix and Hulu [plus] here).. regardless of how you're using it.
  • Where it becomes buggy:
    1. On "older" computer models (we're talking 2 year old computers here), by using the Chrome browser as your stream, it buffers every few minutes.
    2. Using the Cast app on a smart device, you have to jump through some hoops to validate any other app you intend on using (ie you have to sign in with your Internet Service Provider if you want to watch something on HBO - these "premium" station apps need a valid cable subscription).