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Google’s Chromecast Makes Everything You Love, Now On Your TV

Google’s Chromecast learned a new trick. The small device can now stream embedded web videos from Android phones and tablets directly from the Chrome beta browser. It seems to work best with YouTube videos but many other sites are supported as well.

Chromecast is a digital media player developed by Google. The device, a 2.83-inch (72 mm) HDMI dongle, plays audio/video content on a high-definition television by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network.

Google’s Chromecast contains the Marvell 88DE3005 (Armada 1500-mini) system on a chip, which includes codecs for hardware decoding of the VP8 and H.264 video compression formats. Radio communication is handled by AzureWave NH–387 Wi-Fi which supports 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz). The device has 512 MB of Micron DDR3L RAM and 2 GB of flash storage. The model number H2G2-42 is likely a reference to the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy abbreviation "H2G2" in the novel, the number 42 is the "Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything." The bundled power adapter bears the model number MST3K-US, possibly shorthand for Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Chromecast, which retails for $35, is advertised by Google as is "the easiest way to enjoy online video and music on your TV." Plug the thing into the HDMI port on your TV set, and you can wirelessly stream video from your smart phone, tablet, or computer straight onto the big screen.

Chromecast makes everything you love, now on your TV. With Chromecast, you can easily watch and share your favorites videos, music, photos, websites, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies and Music, HBO GO, and Chrome on your TV in HD.

Speaking to CNET, Rio Caraeff, the CEO of Vevo, called Chromecast a natural fit for the Vevo player. But in the future, he predicted, the hardware required to beam content from phone or laptop or tablet to television will be incorporated into TV sets themselves. "I believe that the vast majority of people on the planet will use their mobile device as the set-top box to get video to the television," he said.

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