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Definition: Chromecast


A Wi-Fi-enabled streaming video device from Google. Chromecast is a small module that plugs into the HDMI port of the TV set. Launched in 2013, the $35 Chromecast sold out immediately because it transferred any content displayed on a user's device to the TV screen, known as "casting." It also added Netflix, YouTube and other content to the TV, and Google's Chrome browser can be cast as well. Songs can be cast via Google Play Music apps in Android and iOS devices. See screen mirroring.

In 2015, Google introduced an audio-only Chromecast that worked with any powered speaker, but it was discontinued a few years later (see Chromecast Audio).

Chromecast with Google TV (HD or 4K)
The latest manifestation combines Chromecast with Google TV, turning any TV into a smart TV. Offering a huge amount of streaming entertainment as well as games, Chromecast with Google TV is available in two resolutions: HD (1080p) and 4K (2160p). The remote controls enable searching by voice. See Google TV.




Ready to Cast
Chromecast is always in a ready state waiting for movies/videos, music or Web pages to be "cast" from the user's phone, tablet or computer to the TV.






Chromecast with Google TV 4K
Over the past decade, a variety of Chromecasts have been offered, and although some are still available, the Google TV versions are the official products from Google. (Image courtesy of Google Inc.)








HDMI Video and USB Power
Chromecast plugs into the TV's HDMI port and gets power from USB. The image (top) from Google shows a first-generation Chromecast with ports conveniently close. In the real world, such as plugging a Chromecast into an A/V receiver (bottom), connections are not always so aesthetic. (Top image courtesy of Google Inc.)