I've had 2. The first I purchased, you know the one you plug into the HDMI slot of your TV and ditch because too unreliable and only broadcast in 2ch. (For those that don't know that's technology from the 50's and Google chrome hasn't caught up yet.
The 2nd one, I didn't buy it was built into my SONY ULTRA HD TV.
It's the same 2 ch. Google techo gurus are still back into the 50's as this version is still in 2ch. I only have it because built into TV and don't let your head swell Google. I didn't buy the TV for that as had no idea it was built ...in until couple months after having the TV. SONY, ditch the chromcaste, it's not a selling point and a peace of rubbish. Much of the time it freezes up and only way to disconnect the link is to turn the TV off. When it doesn't freeze up it jitters. Yeah, If i'd payed for it I would return froma full refund. But, lucky Google it's inbuilt into the TV so, once again SONY, ditch the chromcast on your next gen TV's. TV with Chromcast is about 5 meters from wifii and PC about 8 meters from wifii. So, that means we can't blame distance as signal is near 100%. Broadband, well Google, the TV's inbuilt connection direct to the internet has no problems streaming HD netflix and wait for it in5.1CH. I have a smart TV with Chromcast built in and which has proven pointless and a message to SONY, remove the Chromcast from your TV's it's a feature wasting my money. Yeah, I get it, Google probably made you install it because your using the Google operating system for your new TV's.
Purchased in November 2018 for A$995.00.
- Chromecast 3rd Generation (2018)
- Verified purchase
You would think a product as simple as chromecast wouldnt have any problems
It drops out, and /or doesn't always connect for no apparent reason.
I find I have to go to my Google home app to manually find it and connect it because when I hit the connect icon it says its streaming but it isn't.
Love it but have problems with it
We have had a basic Warehouse Chromecast now for two years and do love the fact you can watch movies on A big screen. Bit disappointed in it the last few months as it keeps disconnecting from the IPhone and we loose the Chromecast button all the time and when we do get a movie successfully we loose the remote control buttons to stop/play movie at the bottom of the iPhone screen and this happens with every movie. I have tried to resolve this problem but nothing has helped. Not sure the life span of the Chromecast but we are nearly ready to chuck...it and buy a new one. Worth the buy but hope the next one works better. Not sure if this issue is a Netflix error or mine. Review updated August 3rd 2018: Had my Chromecast now for a couple of years for Netflix movies. Use my IPhone 6 as my remote control to my Veon Tv. First year Brilliant and then started to run into problems with it disconnecting nearly every day. Have tried everything to stop this from happening and still have the same drama. I use my Google Home App alongside Netflix App to remote control movies and this works bit better. Our Internet is the best and so wonder if It’s my IPhone that is the problem. Getting a new Tv today so will see if this improves the connection. Wouldn’t be without my Chromecast so will buy a new one if not improved. Maybe I just got a dud but it’s still working with a lot of fiddling. Watch movies most days with slight interruptions. Review updated August 16th 2018: Second Chromecast I’ve used as first one was faulty so I thought. Second one was great for the first couple of weeks then it started having problems like the first Chromecast with Chromecast button disappearing while playing movie and so couldn’t use my IPhone as the remote control which is a pain. My internet Wi Fi is great so do not understand why this happens and was suggested to get a Wi Fi extender which will help Wi Fi to extend to a larger area and help app equipment to work better, apparently these are $200 so bit expensive but good if you have poor WiFi to part of your home... What helps when you loose Chromecast Icon” is to have “Google Home” App and use your set up “Playing Netflix” Remote Control, use this as it works well when you can’t use the Netflix page remote. I’m getting a “Smart Tv” this week so can’t wait to put away my Chromecast as it is not worth the worry and just use the Netflix App provided.
240v USB failure
Whilst I cannot fault the unit in its operation, the fact that the Australian model has the USB outlet at the bottom of the 240v outlet creates an early failure of the USB cord. In Australia I would have thought most 240v power outlets are fitted low down on the wall and most TV's are fitted at least 500-600 above the floor this causes the cord to be bent @ 90 degrees and in our case the cord casing has cracked and now unusable. Why would the USB outlet not be fitted at the rear (as per - Iphone etc) or at the top.
This is a great product, great value for money. Although many AU apps not yet compatible.
This product is great and very tech savvy in my opinion. The only downfall with the product is that many of the apps that i have are not yet compatible with chrome cast which makes it pretty useless for anything but netflix and youtube. Otherwise it is great and easy to use!
For $50 - worth the addition
If you haven't got the latest smart TV with all the connectivity. Then this 50 dollar will probably be the best 50 you spend on your TV entertainment. Good way to watch YouTube on the big screen, your own media (with 3rd parry apps).
Relatively easy to setup, does not loose memory if disconnected.
Only disappointment is it can't be USB powered. Must have constant 240v supply.
Watching youtube is like a game of russian roulette at times. So many times the device paused, unpaused, and changed the time in the video by itself. Im watching a video nicely when suddenly IT SKIPS TO THE MIDDLE, or SKIPS TO THE NEXT VIDEO, STOPS CASTING, SKIPS TO THE BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO, JUST GOES CRAZY! It's the most annoying thing ever when I pause my casting, go to a different room, and come back to the video paying from somewhere in the middle. I've probably sent above 15 official bug reports to chromecast, but it seems like they honestly don't give a crap. I'm pretty sure the amazon firestick will do better.
Useful but could be better
I find that Chromecast is quite useful and it's quite practical to use while it still allows your controlling gadget to do something else while it streams videos.
However the problem is sometimes it can be unstable as it could lose the connection suddenly, although it might be more related to certain apps. I also noticed that it somehow seems to work better in IOS devices rather than Androids. Sometimes when streaming from the Android devices, the devices could then lost the connection to the Chromecast, and the next time the devices and the C...
Great product, until it broke..
The Chromecast works as a great HDMI dongle for streaming media. It worked pretty much flawlessly with an Android tablet for a few months until the MicroUSB port started becoming loose. Eventually it just snapped off the PCB. Apart from that, good streamer. Not as good as Apple TV, but still good.
Good, but don't forget Apple TV
Bought both a Chromecast and Apple TV as replacements for Foxtel.
Chromecast is cheaper at $38 than the $120 Apple TV. Unlike the Apple TV which can link directly with streaming services via your internet connection, the Chromecast requires a host device such as a compatible phone, pc or tablet. The Apple TV can use a host system but is not essential.
As usual, Google's Chromecast is more open and can use a wider variety of devices. However, the program must be cast from the host and broadcast to Chromecast via WiFi. The Apple TV can stan...d alone, link to your network and download casts directly, without needing a host system. This makes it a bit easier to use. On the down side, the Apple TV needs iTunes or another Apple device in order to cast personal files over your network. The Chromecast app does the same, but can use Apple, Android and Windows compatible devices. While I can use Chromecast with my Microsoft Surface2 I can't operate iTunes on it. Provided you have 2 spare HDMI ports free the Chromecast and Apple TV are happy to coexist. You just need to remember to switch ports on your TV.
Questions & Answers
How do I get SBS on my new google Chromecast with google tv? I thought I selected it from Apps menu on install but it’s not appearing now on available apps...?
why when I use the device to watch SBS on demand does it sometimes cut the start of the show, and why is it that all the other providers such as I view, does not seem to have this problem. what do I need to do to fix this irritating problem
I would to ask if when you mirror your screen to the tv, does it use the wifi on your mobile. I would like to mirror my screen to tv and then use the wifi to surf the internet (google maps, a browser page or anything else). So is the wifi free to browse the internet while mirroring your screen?
And now there is also a guest mode. So you can mirror your screen lets say in a hotel without using wifi. Is again your wifi free to surf the internet while doing this? Thanks
When setting Chromecast up it asks you which wifi you want to connect to ? I only have one that connects and does it all, home installed wifi where all products identify and log to - hope this helps.
I can't get guest mode to work at all. I have downloaded the update of Google Home App. Looks different.
My TV shows the PIN on the screen, which we assume means a guest who doesn't have access to our wifi password but can see the PIN on the monitor, will be able to CAST (mirror) their screen to our TV.
But it doesn't find any compatible devices for them to cast to unlessvthey are already connected to our wifi.
I might try rebooting the Chromecast
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|App Store||Google Play||Google Play||Google Play|
|Netflix App Compatible||Yes||Yes||Yes|
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