Pretty Good Device But Only 1080pThis device plugs into an HDMI input on your TV and increases the functionality of it - especially good if you want to upgrade an old 'dumb' TV.
It is essentially plug and play - connect it to your TV, select the correct HDMI input and then set it up. The Google TV itself uses a WiFi connection to your home network and everything is done over this connection. I did find the WiFi signal weak where this TV was located so I also bought an adapter which receives an ethernet input (luckily I had an output conveniently located behind the TV) and tha... Read moret has sorted out all of the connectivity issues. The image is only 1080p, however it is possible to get a 4K version of the same thing. The Google TV remote control can be used to control the TV functions (power / volume etc) but only if the HDMI input that it is plugged into is CEC / ARC enabled. Most newer TV's will have this option but some older ones may not - it's not the end of the world, it just means that you would have to use 2 different remote controls to watch something. Overall, a handy little gadget to increase the experience of any old or new TV
No hassle to useEasy to install and very convenient. It does its’ purpose.
Perfect for smart tvThis version is way much better than previous one. Works really fast and without issues at all. Show details
Commercial after CommercialIf you love watching commercials, then you will love google chromecast
Its one commercial after another, then another and another and then some more
The commercials never end, its a barrage of commercials, its worse than commercial TV Show details
Was great when workingWas a great device when working but close to warranty expiring the toggle buttons stopped working - so you couldnt move to select. A replacement was sent which seemed great but a few months later the same thing has happened again. The replacement has no warranty and faulty. Google states only the original warranty period is honoured. Wouldnt purchase again. Show details
Complete crapUsed it for few months then one-day the remote started to get very warm in my hand and I discovered it was shorting the batteries out. I traded emails backwards and forwards with customer services for about a month to get a replacement but just gave up as it was too much hassle. The remote sucked anyway as it is more slippery than a bar of soap. I used it for months using my phone as a remote then one day when the power was switched off the Google tv went back to pairing mode and wouldn't let me pass without the remote, I fucked around with it for ages trying everything I can think of but the final solution was to throw it out the window for my own sanity. Google, your customer service sucks and you can get fudged. Show details
Excellent DevicePurchased this device a few months ago to replace a faulty / useless Amazon fire stick. Chrome cast works perfectly and I have had many hours of trouble free binging of my favourite music, movies and shows. Set up was very simple and chrome cast is a significantly superior device when compared to Amazon fire stick.
Two weeks of use and now remote wont work3 hour setup. Have had for 2 weeks. Was told how reliable new tech is. Remote suddenly wont pair with the TV. Cheap flimsy remote. Have been through every forum and chat room site. Batteries changed. Dongle reset. Relinked to WiFi. Friday night ruined. Absolute nightmare. Wish had never purchased. Show details
Legit Game-Changer.. you dont need a big pricey solutionSo we have 2 of these now.. they are amazing for these reasons:
o Chuck out your TV remote (ok into the cupboard), you only need a tiny little white one for everything
o Avoid having to rely on your TV's inbuilt technology which is so random and often outdated.
o The tiny little Google Remote can do TV on/off, volume, can switch inputs.. only challenge is not losing it (a legit issue).. we have cheap little coloured rubber cases on ours, different colour for each TV.
o You now have all your apps inbuilt.. Kayo, Netflix, Amazon, Spotify, 2, 7... Read more, 9, 10, whatever.. and google can update the app list later, or the apps themselves as needed. o You can then connect it to your home network share via Kodi or VLC for example.. and stream any downloaded content you have.. this tiny little device the size of your palm can transcode basically anything I've thrown at it.. im sure it has its limits mind you, but for me its done everything. o No space taken up, deadset its plugged into a USB socket and thats it.. has a tiny little HDMI plug out the other end.. and everything else is WiFi. o I dont love google home the app, but its not really relevant for this device anyway.. It is a bit sluggish.. which is logical considering its size & price, and my only wish would be that Google make a more prosumer level model with a bigger processor etc.. maybe even some HDMI inputs, but really.. for a cheap device to work so flawlessly.. love it.. has really simplified our tech.. I dont even need ethernet cables anymore.
The worst setup experience of any deviceOver 2 hours to setup. Ouch this is really bad Show details
Simply brilliant so farWe have a four year old TEAC "smart" TV. But it's pretty dumb. And the WIFI card in it seems to be almost non-functional, even though there is a full-strength mesh box right next to it. So I went to JB to buy a new TV and the salesman said "why not try the latest Chromecast? Its WIFI capability is really good." So I did, and so far (after a slightly painful setting up process) it has been really good. I don't like (hence the 4 start rating) the fact that it seems to be promoting 9-now programs all the time, and I don't like that fact that... Read more even though I have 'uninstalled' apps I don't use (e.g. Disney, Binge, etc) they seem to reinstalled themselves, but it probably just means I need to spend more time on setup, e.g. telling Google "No - I do not want to be blitzed with your suggestions as to what to watch, thank you."
Have fun spending $300+ a year on batteries!I would probably enjoy using this product if not for the insane volume of batteries the remote burns through. Every TWO days (no exaggeration) the remote needs new batteries. I’ve contacted support about this thinking maybe I’d gotten a faulty remote, but nope. And the advice I got? “Have you considered purchasing better quality batteries?” Well, have you considered making better quality products? After 18 months I’m finally ditching this waste of money and getting an Apple TV— I hear the remote is rechargeable at least! Show details
A Great tool with some major flawsPurchased the Google Chromecast with Google TV as a replacement to a faulty Chromecast Ultra. Here I will try and let you know everything I have noted in the first 48hours of owning the product.
Item is Australian stock from Officeworks.
1. Design. Similar enough to the previous generations as far as form factor and size. The remote it small, but seems sturdy. Would recommend a silicon case for added protection. I do miss the option to directly plug an ethernet cable into it like the Ultra. I believe you can purchase and adaptor seperately, b... Read moreut it does not come with the product, so its a no show here. I appreciate the move to USB C, and like the included power block/cable. USB A to C using a quality charging block. 2. Casting. As a casting tool to a TV from a phone, laptop or otherwise, it is spot on. It does exactly what it should, and is consistent with previous generations. The ability to cast from Plex, VLC, third party programs that support Chromecast, or just YouTube, Netflix or similar, is on point. The process is the same as previous generations. 3. Google TV. A great step up from casting alone, but it has some significant limitations and unexpected issues that require some workarounds. On a positive note, I do enjoy the user experience of Google TV. It feels smooth, responsive and vivid. When choosing a program to watch, it's switch from Google Tv to the specific app where the program is located is fast, reliable and feels engrained. Unfortunately, the user experience is quickly hindered by the suggestions at the home screen. The concept is great, have all of your streaming services in one place, with google generating all available movies or tv shows into genres across all platforms. Well, it's not actually like that. From the home page, once you have installed and logged into all of your preferred active subscription based streaming apps, you soon realise that not all of your subscriptions are offered as suggestions. An example would be Binge. Although google supports the Binge app, it does not generate suggestions for film or tv from Binge. It's as if Binge (also kayo for that matter) and google have not agreed to taking the next step to appearing in google TVs suggestions. Is it that google cannot pull the details for what programs the service provides? Or is it that there are some services who have priority spotlighting over others? When I used the voice search "play adventure time", the response was to show me YouTube suggestions. When I said "play adventure time on binge", the response was that "it appears adventure time is not available on binge", yet open the app directly, and it's there to watch. Something is not right here. This is a significant flaw in an otherwise great concept. Will this be fixed in the future? Maybe. Could this just be an isolated issue to Binge and Kayo, being that they are of the Foxtel umbrella? Possibly, but it seems to go directly against the concept of this product. come to think of it, I'm not sure I saw suggestions for smaller apps that I have active subscriptions to, such as Curiosity Stream or Nebula. Maybe it's just me and this may be an isolated issue to my device, but I feel like that's not what's happening here. There is a section in settings where you may turn on and off suggestions for apps, but it only includes a small selection of 6 or so services, including apple and paramount. I think it may be pay to win for service providers. 4. Advertising. It is important to be aware that you will be unable to disable the advertising in any meaningful way. You will still receive suggestions for shows and services that you are not subscribed to. These advertisements seem to only generate at the top of the home page, but they are there everytime, none the less. I have an active subscription to Amazon prime, Netflix, Binge, and Kayo, so my advertising seemed to be primarily Disney plus, with a sprinkle of Apple TV. There is an option to turn off everything except for the apps alone, meaning you will not receive suggestions for shows, but it still seems to have a Disney show advertisement in the background, much like a wallpaper. It's pretty disappointing to be honest. 5. Initial setup. Easy. Follow the on screen prompts. If you are familiar with other Google Chromecast setups, or setting up other devices to your Google home account, well, it's exactly the same. If this is your first time, you should find it reasonably simple. Make sure to have the google Home app on your phone Ready to go. If this is your first step into the android ecosystem, I'm sure it will prompt you with all steps required. Don't be scared. 6. The remote. This little remote is wonderful. It feels a little small and light, but sturdy enough. The magic comes from being able to change the volume, power and input buttons to connect to your TV, Soundbar or sound system. I have it set so the power button on the remote turns my whole tv on or off, which feels unexpectedly convenient, and the volume buttons controls my soundbar volume. I believe it sets the default Chromecast volume to max for this purpose. My tv is an LG from 2016/17, and the soundbar is a Budget Samsung from the same time, so was pleasantly impressed with it's simple, painless connectivity. 7. Issues. Because I am well within the android/google ecosystem, I noted quite a few suggestions generating for Chromecast apps that were stated as "on my other device". Initially I thought this was related to my dead Chromecast Ultra, but I soon realised it was for apps that I had, at some time in the past, installed on my phone. Although they were no longer installed, I found the only resolution was to go into my google play store account, go to 'manage apps and devices', go to the 'manage uninstalled apps', and delete them permanently from my account. Pretty annoying. I get it, syncing across devices is great, but old apps I do not have installed anywhere? Why? I also had audio issues initially, where the quality of audio dropped for 1 or 2 seconds every few minutes, but it seemed to resolve the next day, and I'm going to call it a non issue. In conclusion. For the price (I paid $86 in Aug 22), it's a no brainer for someone who uses and enjoys the android/google experience. There are similar products on the market by apple, Amazon and others, but I cannot compare them to this as I have never owned or used one. I would absolutely buy recommend buying this Chromecast, but do remember, you will be seeing advertising and you may not see recommendations for all of your active subscription services. Aaron
It drops the signal intermittentlyIt is a nice device, works ok when it is working and is really reasonable priced... BUT, I highly recommend searching for "chromecast tv hdmi signal dropout" before buying this device.
It is only compatible with about 50% of TVs in the market and just cuts out randomly all the time and Google support just blame your TV and cant help.
I contacted Google support and they said that it is the product design - it is only designed to work with newer TVs with the latest HDMI specs. So all old TVs are basically redundant.
Apple Figured out how to be... Read morecompatible with 99% of TVs Vodafone Figured out how to be compatible with 99% of TVs Panasonic Figured out how to be compatible with 99% of TVs Lenovo Figured out how to be compatible with 99% of TVs Perhaps Google should talk to the engineers at Apple, Vodafone, Panasonic, Lenovo and ask competent engineers how they do it
My old TV is just like a new oneThis device changes an old Sony 46inc dumb TV into a Smart TV and gives it a whole new lease of life! It doesn't make it any easier to keep the children off the TV though! I'd love a PIN on start.
Questions & Answers
what can I do to check if my chromecast is still working, after 6 months of use it no longer shows up on my tv, new atteries in the remote. Does it need rebooting or soemthing
Has it been updated at all? It could need an update or rebooting if you can.
Does It allow access to free to air channels as Telstra TV allows the tv aerial to be plugged into the box and does it have Apple TV+ as Choice review says no but the adds show Ted Lasso on Apple
My CWGTV does not detect 4k on my 4k TV. It does for about 1 minute then goes back to 1080p. Reading between the lines it looks like CWGTV in 4k does not happen in Australia. Has anyone heard if that is true?
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