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Can't live without it now though the remote is ....
My Tv was an old samsung smart tv that loads really slow for anything smart related.
Put this device on and anything smart within google tv is now running at a reasonable speed. Very happy with this device. Searching was easy with the inbuilt mic on the remote. No more using D pad to enter single alphabet by alphabet. Ok not entirely no more but it is not needed most of the time.
Good amount of streaming apps supported.
Logging into accounts still need to enter info with D pad but mostly a one time thing.
Recemt updates made 3rd party remote app unusable sadly.
Purchased in October 2020 for $99.
Best gadget I have ever bought.
I have had the Google Chromecast for 18 to 24 months. It was so easy to install, just plug it in and I have no had no trouble with it whatsoever. The last 2 weeks, I could work my around the TV screen while looking for a video to watch on YouTube, suddenly this handy little thing has disappeared, it was only there for about 2 weeks, I don't know if it's something they let us try out first, to saved getting up and walking to the computer and finding a video to watch,. Anyway, I have no complaints, it really is a great gadget. I noticed it went up 30 dollars since I bought it though. I paid $69.
Purchased at JB Hi-Fi for $69.
Better than previous models
I've been using google chromecast for a long time now. I like this better than the 3rd gen. Remote control is pretty convenient plus it casts perfectly on screen. Navigation is not a problem.
Purchased in December 2021.
No input button control with Kogan TV's
I'm using my TV as a computer monitor and decided to get the Google TV to catch-up with any free to air shows I my have missed. All good setting up and lots of info video's online if you need help. Only problem is the input button on the Google remote isn't compatable with any Kogan TV's. So in my case if I wanted to go from HDMI 3 (Google TV) to HDMI 2 (computer), I need to use sources on original TV remote. Then back to Google TV remote for it's menu. I'm sure there's a universal remote code that works somewhere for Kogan TV's but at this time Google Chromecast/TV hasn't got it.
Purchased in November 2021 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $99.
Has it all
Has just about very app you'd want including Apple TV. Works great and easy to navigate. The trick is to only have one subscription at a time. The only issue is that with so much choice it's hard to decide what to watch.
Purchased in June 2021 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $99.
Pushes unremovabel adds on homescreen
I wanted to express my gratitude for google tv putting adds on my homescreen, and pretending its all for my benefit. Whilst not being able to turn it off. They add apps without consent, but it is OK because I can remove them. They fill up homescreen with crap, but it can be modified. This last with u removable ads is not OK, I paid for my shield.
Purchased in June 2019 at The CPAP Clinic Physical store for $200.
forced selling of google services
the product works but its bundled with netflix offer which in fact is very difficult to actually receive unless you additionally install google home.
basically its an offer that requires additional undeclared software to install which is illegal unless declared at point of sale which it isn't.
google service is abysmal and also forces installation of google home. trying to get your money back is like crawling down a razerblade and that is deliberate as well.
absolutely abysmal company and will not buy a google product unless its the only thing available.
Purchased in September 2021.
Chromecast with Google TV - Just a Sensational Little Unit!
We have an older style Smart TV that pre-dated the later Android based TV's that support installing Apps via Google Play. So when we wanted to get an online subscription to Kayo for sports, our TV didn't support it. We bought a HDMI media player that claimed to support installing apps, which it did to a certain extent but not the Kayo app, among others. We had also bought another different brand media player at the same time with the view to use with the kids TV, and while it did actually install the Kayo app, the quality of picture was abysmal.... Nothing we could do improved the picture much, it was determined to present picture in a very grainy resolution, this may possibly have been because of an inferior Wi-Fi signal with the player, but by this stage we were so disgusted and gutted we just gave up on it. Then a colleague recommended a Chromecast unit, which I really didn't want as playing sports on a laptop or my phone and streaming that to the TV just seemed a pain as well as tying up another device, but then we heard about the Chromecast with Google TV unit. This is an absolutely brilliant bit of kit, not only was it super easy to setup, but it's also fairly tiny and out of the way. The remote despite seeming undersized and lacking buttons, actually functions very simply and flawlessly with extremely good tactile control, far better in fact than most of our other remotes. Quite a lot of thought has obviously gone into the design and usability of the remote, and it really shows with the ease and simplicity of use. And despite being connected to the HDMI port at the rear of the TV, the Wi-Fi reception is nothing short of superb, during shows we've never experienced lags or drop-outs, which were really common with our other media players, and in Auto mode the video is always presented as the highest resolution possible. I can't recommend this device high enough, the design, ease of use, and outstanding reception and output resolution are just superb, it really is worth every cent! I wish I had've known about this device before buying 2 pretty useless media players and spending days pouring over forums. Now if only Google would add a USB port so it could also function as a media player, then that really would be a killer product!
Purchased in March 2021 at Officeworks for $99.
Saved me buying a new TV!
We bought this as our Smart TV was no longer smart! The apps weren't being updated anymore and others weren't available. It made for clunky viewing. The Chromecast with Google TV has meant we don't need a new TV, which is perfectly fine for viewing free to air and other devices. The remote is small and simple and takes a little to get used to but is easy once you know your way. Has good built in buttons like Netflix, YouTube and easy to install Apps. I've found the remote can be sensitive to bumps whereas most TV remotes need a pretty fir...m press to get something to change. Not a big fan of the choices it makes for suggested viewing but I tend only to use what I like. Can watch free to air through the apps but you may better just using your old remote for that. We are very happy we bought one.
Purchased in May 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $99.
Google Chromecast with Google TV
This system is well priced for the functionality when compared to competing products in this space.
The set up was easy to follow and the resulting outcome was inline with expectations.
Purchased in July 2021 at Google Store for $99.
So close, yet so far
Oh Google why give such a great remote for our viewing pleasure and leave some glaring simplicity's out if the picture? Seems the capability to switch between HDMI and TV is floored on many TV's meaning we still need another remote purely for this functïon as all the other functions including switching TV on and off actually work beautifully.
And why do we need to access our TV?well the fact that there is no tv guide (to see all free to air viewing schedules together, nor a way to get live channels app running, we are left without a connection...
Purchased in July 2021 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $99.
Just what I needed
I have used several devices but this product has all the features and functions I need. So easy to use and makes searching easy. The support and instructions I received from the supplier was outstanding.
We love our Google chromecast. We had an Apple TV prior and this one is so much better! So easy to use. Love that I can ask it questions and if I’m looking for a show it shows a range of platforms that show is available. The interface is great. You can see all the shows you are watching from all different apps without going into the app separately. The only qualm I have is the buttons are super sensitive so we often accidentally change the channel. Best part is turning the tv on and off and the sound function from the remote so we don’t need two remotes.
Purchased in May 2021 for $100.
Everyone should have one
For $99 this turns any TV into a smart TV.
Being able to watch free to air online and most of the TV shows on demand is really handy.
Then there is of course netflix etc which absolutely kills foxtel.
The interface and also the responsiveness of the remote control is dramatically improved over the Nexus box which was the beginning of Google TV.
For Apple fans, you also have Apple TV on this, so this offers far more flexibility than just having Apple TV.
Just buy it and thank me later. :)
Purchased in February 2021 at JB Hi-Fi for $99.
Turns my monitor into a smart TV and much more
We have a decent smart LED TV with HDMI (ARC) support and integrated with a couple of media devices like Apple TV and PS3. However, it is full HD 1080P resolution, not 4k.
I do have a 32" 4k monitor so I bought this little Google TV to make it a smart TV. I am totally delighted with the result! The google interface is very easy to use. The only problem I have, which I am not sure if it is the monitor or Google TV or both, is that I need to give the monitor setting a kick - changing display setting to get it to detect the ...
Purchased in June 2021 at Officeworks Physical store for $80.
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