Cutting the Cord Option #2: Google Chromecast

https://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/index.html

Price: $35 one time fee for device (can be found a little cheaper on Amazon, for example)

Applications: Netflix, WatchESPN, Watch Disney, and many more.  Full list is available here.

Competitors: Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, etc.

Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Small size – slightly larger than a USB thumb drive
  • Compatible – works well on many platforms

Cons:

  • No remote control – need a phone or tablet to control
  • Some other limitations – limited to Chrome browser, can’t stream local media
  • Isn’t as fully featured as some it’s competitors

Bottom Line:

Google Chromecast basically turns your HDTV into a “smart” TV by streaming internet video to it from a variety of sources including NetFlix and YouTube.  It works with devices you probably already own including smartphones, tablets and laptops. The device plugs directly into your TV’s HDMI port and connects to your Wi-Fi network.

If you have no other means of getting internet content on your TV, then it is an inexpensive and unobtrusive way to do so.

Chromecast may not be as fully featured than say, Roku, but it does seem to provide a lot for just a one time fee of $30.

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