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    Default Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the TV.

    I bought the Chromecast the day after it was released. I paid around $25 cash after a Best Buy RewardZone certificate. After redeeming the 3-month free Netflix, the Chromecast was effectively free to me. (except the $2.31 sales tax that i had to pay)

    I used it for about a week. After that, it's been sitting on the back of my TV doing absolutely nothing. It's the same TV that I have my PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to....

    I really hope to find a use for it... but can't really think of anything.... Am I the only one in this situation?
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Since you already had all of those other media devices hooked up to your TV, it sounds like Chromecast was already superfluous. You could hold on to it, since you can bet Google will continue to improve it and make it more versatile. Or, you could just sell it--I'm sure there are LOTS of people willing to take it off your hands. Either way, you didn't really waste that much money, did you?
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    I have Xbox 360 and PS3, both of which are hooked up to a smart TV that has its own Netflix app. Of the 4 options, I prefer the Chromecast so far. The reason? For me, it works better. I'm getting better streaming quality than I get on my other devices and I get it without having to fire up another device or (less of an issue, but still) take time loading up the Netflix app on that device. Further, it is so much easier to browse for content using my phone/tablet/laptop than it is using a traditional remote. I'm very happy with it so far.

    It will become even better if it gets support from services like Vudu and HBO Go. They also need to fix Google Play Music so I can actually use it. Currently, I have music stored on my phone's SD card so it won't let me cast any of those from my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissyHaney View Post
    I bought the Chromecast the day after it was released. I paid around $25 cash after a Best Buy RewardZone certificate. After redeeming the 3-month free Netflix, the Chromecast was effectively free to me. (except the $2.31 sales tax that i had to pay)

    I used it for about a week. After that, it's been sitting on the back of my TV doing absolutely nothing. It's the same TV that I have my PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to....

    I really hope to find a use for it... but can't really think of anything.... Am I the only one in this situation?
    Send it to me.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    dont forget the cost of internet and the energy you used to type this message(for chromecast). It adds up a little bit to the $2.31 you already spend.

    lets look at it this way you wasted a lot of money on PS3, HTPC and Roku
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    The kids love to send videos from YouTube. They'll do it for hours.

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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    I have a Google TV in the living room because it is seamless and I don't need to change inputs. I have a Vizio CS on the bedroom and plugged in a Chromecast today. The mirroring for me has been awesome. So I can do everything on both, but still have to change inputs for chromecast. Not a big deal, just need to upgrade my TV now to a newer HDMI connection.

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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Quote Originally Posted by booboolala2000 View Post
    I have a Google TV in the living room because it is seamless and I don't need to change inputs. I have a Vizio CS on the bedroom and plugged in a Chromecast today. The mirroring for me has been awesome. So I can do everything on both, but still have to change inputs for chromecast. Not a big deal, just need to upgrade my TV now to a newer HDMI connection.

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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    For me I basically paid $12 out of pocket. Even at $35 it would have been worth it and I have a 360, PS3, and Wii U. One big reason is it is just much quicker to fire up the Chromecast than to try and use any of the other apps. Also, for me, none of those devices support Google Play. So that is an added bonus. I also find it easier most of the time to control the apps using my phone vs. a remote. Just personal preference. I do sometimes miss the voice commands from my Kinect, though.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    It is $12 for me also since I am already paying Netflix. I think the casting YouTube alone is worth the $12 or even $35. Yes you could do it from your PS3 or Xbox or Smart TV or whatever device already connected to your TV, but it is different when you have other people at your home. EVERYONE with a smart phone or tablet (iOS or Android) could cast YouTube on your TV. There is no downtime search for the next video because people would have one ready on their phone to cast next. My brother who has an Apple TV that could mirror iDevices told me that the Chromecast is better at the YouTube casting since it works for all devices. Apple TV will only work if you have certain versions of the apple OS on MacBooks.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    With all the other devices you have im not really that clear on what your expectations were when you bought the chromecast but hey its not like it was a whole bunch of $$. I figure the $35 is well spent seeing how its a fraction of the cost of other items that do the same thiing. The biggie for me is using the chromecast when i travel and using on TVs with only antenna signal.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Having a Roku is precisely why I didn't buy a Chromecast. I may end up buying one eventually, but it doesn't add much functionality for me at the moment. Especially after the Netflix promotion sold out in 24 hours on the Play store.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    I have a PS3 hooked up to my largest TV (55") and I have a smart TV in another room capable of YouTube, Netflix, etc. However, I still choose the Chromecast on the 55" because it is SO EASY. I can be relaxing on the couch and suddenly decide to fire up YouTube or Netflix and it's done. Otherwise, I have to get up, get two remotes (one for TV to change inputs and my PS3 remote). Turn on PS3. Wait. Then navigate to Netflix, etc.

    Other things I'm happy about:
    1. I can use the Chromecast on a third TV that has no cable box or other source at the moment and make it useful to guests.
    2. I want to host a party where people can cast videos to the TV (what a fun idea).
    3. PlayMusic is awesome, since I did not have a way to play my music library in my family room/kitchen before.
    4. The possibilities of what else will be available once developers have had time to create new apps.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    It may not be very useful right now but 3-6 months when (hopefully) the apps start coming, I have a feeling it'll become my primary streaming source. The PS3 has pretty limited app support and it's not at all open and while I like my Roku, it's prone to crashes and slow. Plus most of the free apps have so many ads. The only future advantage I see is Roku and PS3 both have Amazon video support which doesn't seem like it'll ever come to Android proper. Android should have much more top-tier content providers than either.

    Otherwise I've found it infinitely easier and faster to find content on my phone and send it to the Chromecast than it is to browse with an infrared remote. Plus in social situations, it's really fun with everyone sending YouTube videos from their phones.
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    Everyone please stop giving Missy ideas on how to make her Chromecast useful so that she may send it to me instead.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Quote Originally Posted by MissyHaney View Post
    I bought the Chromecast the day after it was released. I paid around $25 cash after a Best Buy RewardZone certificate. After redeeming the 3-month free Netflix, the Chromecast was effectively free to me. (except the $2.31 sales tax that i had to pay)

    I used it for about a week. After that, it's been sitting on the back of my TV doing absolutely nothing. It's the same TV that I have my PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to....

    I really hope to find a use for it... but can't really think of anything.... Am I the only one in this situation?
    Well the white LED is nice
    Seriously, as others posted if you read anything about it, what did you expect? Was the hype just overpowering?
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Honestly - it sounds like you bought it for the sake of buying one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ry View Post
    Honestly - it sounds like you bought it for the sake of buying one.
    At that price, I'm sure a lot of people did.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Just leaving this question here.

    Can you tell me any other device where you can stream Hulu to your tv without having to pay for Hulu Plus straight out of the box?
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Quote Originally Posted by Unicorn Rancher View Post
    Having a Roku is precisely why I didn't buy a Chromecast. I may end up buying one eventually, but it doesn't add much functionality for me at the moment. Especially after the Netflix promotion sold out in 24 hours on the Play store.
    I felt that way too, and may not have bought it (yet) if I didn't get the Netflix promo. Knowing what I know now I would have bought it for $35 even without the promo. I love my Roku but (as you no doubt know) the workarounds for YouTube on Roku are not exactly elegant. I hope that Google can avoid the issue that Roku ran into with HBOgo for Comcast subscribers. I especially like the fact that CC is/will be device/OS agnostic and open source.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    I'm guessing you do t have the 60gb backward compatible PS3. Just being able to stream Netflix/YouTube without the noisy fans going was a plus for me.
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    I have a HTPC, a Roku, and a Seagate box - and don't see myself getting rid of them real soon - - but STILL prefer my Chromecast when watching YouTube. And I would not be surprised if, in the next year, the Chromecast will get many apps and possibly do away with one or more of my current boxes.
    I think the Chromecast may have a bright future.
    BTW, a friend of mine is going to buy a Chromecast when they become available to just use with his current Netflix account IN THE UTILITY room just because it's cheaper than buying a second Roku box - AND in many ways more flexible!

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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Quote Originally Posted by smeghead4269 View Post
    At that price, I'm sure a lot of people did.
    Of course.

    But complaining about a $35 device?
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    Quote Originally Posted by Groundhound View Post
    I felt that way too, and may not have bought it (yet) if I didn't get the Netflix promo. Knowing what I know now I would have bought it for $35 even without the promo. I love my Roku but (as you no doubt know) the workarounds for YouTube on Roku are not exactly elegant. I hope that Google can avoid the issue that Roku ran into with HBOgo for Comcast subscribers. I especially like the fact that CC is/will be device/OS agnostic and open source.
    I missed the 24 hour Netflix promo. Otherwise it may have been an impulse buy at eleven bucks net. However, having missed the promo, and already having a Roku for Netflix, and not being able to use a Chromecast on the typical hotel network when I travel, there's no rush now. I may end up with one eventually, but unlikely to happen before Black Friday.
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    Default Re: Chromecast is a waste of money when I have PS3, HTPC, Roku, and Chromebook all hooked up to the

    sold my $0 Chromecast for $40... posted it on the local Craigslist and a guy responded the next day. Met him at the local courthouse(next to my office). $40 cash and he didn't even want the box. It's amazing what these young college kids are willing to pay for gadgets.
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