There’s a new Google Chromecast TV, and while the previous renditions of the Chromecast were near-perfect, this year’s model is improving across the board, largely due to the new nifty controls and brand new Google TV software. This year, like the Amazon Fire Stick, we’re seeing a new dedicated TV interface alongside your usual casting options. This gives you instant access to all major streaming services such as Netflix or Disney +. In addition, a number of apps have been broadcast over Android TV, the predecessor of Google TV that brings games and productivity apps to the streamer.
The result is a new and improved streaming device that may be similar to its predecessors but offer a whole new experience that is more user-friendly than ever.
Pricing and Approval
The Chromecast with Google TV is now available in white, Sunrise Peach (basically pink) and Sky Blue and will rock the shelves at 70 euros per pop, which is around 20 to 30 euros more expensive than the previous model. I think that means the Amazon Fire Stick is a little cheaper and a little cheaper than most Android TV solutions right now at $ 65.
That means the new Chromecast can stream with Google Tv in 4k HDR, which makes it better than the base Chromecast. Due to the lack of Stadia support, it’s probably not as good as an all-rounder like the Chromecast Ultra yet. Support for stadiums will come on time. If the only thing stopping you from improving your cast is the inability to play games, I wouldn’t worry about that.
The Google Chromecasts have been very similar in design for the past three to four years and this year is no different. In the Chromecast with Google Tv we get the now standard design, albeit in an oval design. As always, plug the Chromecast into your TV with the attached HDMI cable and it’ll be powered either from the wall socket or a TV USB port if you have it. Sometimes that doesn’t even work if the USB cable isn’t working enough power from the TV.
In contrast to the Chromecast Ultra, there is no Ethernet connection on the new device, which means that this device only ever works via WiFi. Again, this is fine if you have a reasonably decent internet connection. According to Google, you can now purchase a USB-C to Ethernet adapter if needed. But you get a really nice remote control.
The controls are a neat Bluetooth IR setup with a circular keyboard area, volume control, and a number of neat buttons. You can set the remote to work on both the TV and just your Chromecast with Google TV, and of course with a built-in Google assistant. The voice remote control can be set up to control your TV, receiver or soundbar. You will be guided through setting up your Chromecast. By default, the TV input button turns on your TV and switches the active input to Chromecast. You can set up TV controls later if you skip them during setup or change settings by following the steps below. 1. Go to Settings> Remotes and Accessories> Set Up Remote Buttons. Setting up Chromecast is incredibly easy:
- Plug your Chromecast into a power outlet and an HDMI port on your TV.
- Turn on your TV and switch to the input / source that your Chromecast is connected to.
- Put batteries in your voice remote control.
- Get the Google Home app and follow the steps on your TV and in the app.
- Add your streaming accounts
- To take advantage of the new Chromecast personalization features, you should set up your streaming apps.
- Compatible devices must be set up in the Google Home app to use all of Chromecast’s home audio and connected home functions.
The new functions
If you haven’t guessed by now, Chromecast with Google TV is all about the TV experience and this is all about targeting the Android audience. You’ll need to sign in to your Google Account on the device, which will give you access to YouTube, YouTube Tv, Playstore, Photos, Nest products and the Nest range of products. The Google Assistant only works with the setup to be honest. If you’re the type of person who cares a little about privacy on voice products, you can be sure that Google Chromecast with TV will only turn on when the button on the remote is pressed. You can turn off the service immediately if you sign in with your Google account at startup.
When you sign in to your Google Account, the Chromecast user interface will appear on the home screen with a range of relevant and recommended content based on your information. What I mean by that is, in one bar, you have your suggestions from Netflix, Disney, Amazon, or any other streaming service you use in one place.
If you continue to scroll past the recommended content, you’ll find that, like any streaming service, the content is broken down by genre, trending content, movies, and TV shows as usual. Then the For You tab will find your full library of apps, plus a Live TV section that you only get if you’re a YouTube TV subscriber and get a Chromecast for TV free trial can get.
The user interface isn’t revolutionary and can feel a bit simple, but those are really our biggest complaints, otherwise Google TV seems easy to use and with 6,500 apps available, you should be able to find what you’re looking for for . Unless, of course, that’s Apple Tv, which unsurprisingly isn’t supported.
Like everything from Google these days, the Chromecast with TV just works and is more than a rival for your Fire Sticks of the word. Even if you’re in a low-bandwidth location, your streaming should still have an appeal. There’s literally nothing about the Chromecast’s performance to knock on. The only slow part of the process is actually the initial software installation, but it wasn’t half bad at all.
Speaking of which, not bad: Google TV can stream in both 1080 and 4K HDr and has additional support for HDR10 + and Dolby Vision, which is great. When it comes to sound, Chromecast supports DTS, Dolby Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos formats as long as you have a capable television setup. To get your streams in the highest quality format, consider using the built-in TV apps instead of streaming from your phone and casting. However, if you want high speed, you can bounce the screen as you normally would from your browser, Android or iOS device.
The Goosed Judgment
The Google Chromecast with TV is a completely new addition to the whole TV streaming game and is great value for money for $ 70, especially if you have some other Google Home devices like me. The remote is nifty and simple to work, the interface is simple and sexy, and the audio that can follow you through the gaff with your other Google Nest Audio devices is a real added bonus.
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use streaming device in the market, the added remote control lets the least tech-savvy person in the world find out. Trust me, I have this exact same person taking a test drive. You’ve always had options for 4K HDR streaming, but many of them cost far more than the Chromecast with Google TV. If your wallet is already exhausted from buying a 4K TV, Chromecast with Google TV is a great way to recoup some of your expenses.
The only downside is that at the moment if you are a Google Stadia player you will not be able to connect to this device for the time being, but that is expected to come next year. So for now, stick with your Chromecast Ultra if that’s the case.