A year after Google’s Chromecast launch, I am still a big fan of the TV streaming stick, but also a sporadic user at best.
Here are some of the Chromecast positives:
- Free stuff! To celebrate the one-year anniversary, Google is offering three free months of Google Play Music All Access to Chromecast owners. (Although it may only be good for folks who haven’t tried Google music before. Dave had trouble registering.)
- WatchESPN is now a Chromecast-supported app. My early-gen Roku box doesn’t get the online ESPN station, so this will become very important during college basketball season.
- Full-screen Android mirroring is now a thing. Unfortunately device support is limited, but progress is progress.
My husband also had an interesting experience with Chromecast recently when he couldn’t get a Netflix episode of Mythbusters to run smoothly through our Roku. (Yes, we have FiOS, which has had trouble with Netflix quality.) Oddly enough, he found that casting the episode from his Chrome browser (not even from the Chromecast-supported Netflix app) improved quality significantly. I have no idea why this would be, but will experiment further to see what I can find out. (Different CDN handling the traffic??)
Despite all of the Chromecast goodness, however, I find I have limited reason to use it on a regular basis. My (much younger) brother says he tunes in with Chromecast all the time – in part to watch YouTube videos – so maybe it’s an issue of age-related habits. I keep hoping I’ll use my Chromecast stick more. But, after a year, I still think it’s a nifty little device.