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CNET First Look
Google Chromecast pushes videos to TVWatch music and videos from iOS, Android, and Chrome on any TV with this $35 dongle.
Google has finally figured out how to conquer your TV. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET and this is a look at Chromecast. Now Chromecast is about 2 inches of HDMI dongle. You plug the dongle into your TV, press the cast button, do some setup on your laptop, your tablet, or your phone and then you're able to actually stream from the Cloud content that you have on your device onto the TV. So right now I'm playing CNET On Cars video. I'm controlling it from this Nexus 7, and it is playing here on the TV. Why you might wanna do this of course is that instead of huddling over your tablet, your laptop, or your phone with a large group of people, you can check out really great HD quality or whatever quality you have on the TV behind you. Same goes for music as well. This will work right now with Pandora, Google Music, Google Videos, also Netflix and YouTube. And in addition to that you can stream anything from a Chrome web browser tab onto the TV. Chromecast will work with Android and iOS for now. Google doesn't have any plans at this point to expand to Windows Phone or Blackberry. This little dongle costs $35. You can buy it first in the U.S. through Amazon, BestBuy, or the Google Play Store and it will expand to other countries as well. Now we did test it here in our CNET studios using the Nexus 7 device and the TV. Setup was pretty quick and easy. You do have to make sure that you're on the same Wi-Fi connection that everything that we tried casting works pretty well. I'm Jessica Dolcourt for CNET. This has been your First Look at the Chromecast HDMI dongle. You can read all about it at CNET.com.