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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Designed to plug into the back of any TV with an HDMI port, the Chromecast dongle is intended to provide easy access to streaming video. It's available for just $35 starting today in the U.S., with availability in other countries to follow.

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

In introducing Chromecast, Google reiterated the popularity of online streaming video. Almost 50 percent of such video comes from Netflix and YouTube.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

The compact 2-inch device will work with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music at launch, with support for future services, such as Pandora, coming soon.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

As sleek as the Chromecast device looks, Google's initial presentation skimmed over some of the rougher edges. The specs in the Google Play store list both a USB power cable and a power adapter, which indicate that the Chromecast will have some wires hanging off it -- it's not truly "just a stick." It's the same method PLAiR used to power its similar HDMI-based streaming stick.

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

In addition to HDMI, the hardware itself supports 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11, which isn't quite as nice as the dual-band Wi-Fi offered on Roku's Streaming Stick. The internal processor is capable of playing back full 1080p video with 5.1 surround sound.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Google stressed the simplicity of getting Chromecast connected, a marked difference from its complex Google TV effort.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Netflix: handled.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

The Chromecast is designed to be controlled from any smartphone, tablet, or PC running the Chrome browser.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

If you have more than one Chromecast in the home, you can push video to any TV.
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Chromecast also works with Google Music at launch, with Pandora support coming soon.
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Here's how it works from the YouTube Web site.
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: James Martin/CNET
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

The dongle can also show Web pages on a TV.
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

CNET's editors got some hands-on time with Chromecast on a tablet.
Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Updated: / Caption: / Photo: Jessica Dolcourt/CNET
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of 21

Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Here the tablet shows a Google Play Movies feature: a card that will pop up with more details when you're looking at a movie.
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Here's a look at Google Play Music streaming to a TV...
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

...from the tablet...
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Google's Chromecast is an HDMI dongle

People like streams

YouTube streaming and more

More than just a stick

Tiny but powerful

Simple setup

Netflix streaming

Smartphone control

Smartphone view

Multiple screens

Music support

Browser integration

Chrome browser broadcasting

Hands on: Tablet control

Hands on: Device connected

Hands on: 'Just missed'

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

Hands on: Music streaming

...to the big screen.

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