Cheapest normal price I can find for a Google Chromecast currently. Free delivery for orders over $45.
Price beat at office works to get it for $52.25
Does this Chromecast allow you to watch Kayo?
Not currently because Kayo has no content!
No it doesn't, you need the Chromecast Utra, otherwise you'll have streaming problems, believe me I was having constant issues until I followed there tech advice and bought the Ultra.
Works fine for me. I have this level Chromecast.
For those that want proper Android TV, the Seiki Android TV media box from Target is $59 at the moment. It’s a tiny device that can be powered by the TVs USB port. It also has chromecast built in. I just received mine and it works a treat. Only downside is it runs Android 8.0 and not word from Seiki if 9.0 is on the cards.
this or Vodafone tv?
Vodafone TV is better, because it has a built in TV tuner.
Does anyone still watch FTA?
And also twice the amount of RAM.
I tried to run an Android TV box with only 1GB of RAM. Never again. 2GB RAM is way better.
maybe, but it depends on your TV. I have BOTH the Seiki and the VTV.
One of my TV's is not compatible with the VTV but is witht he Seiki.
Otherwise, I recommend both devices.
@dddddog: How is it not compatible? Your TV doesn't have HDMI port?
@Chridim: see my comments in this thread
@dddddog: Have you thought about say disabling HDR in the VTV settings to see if that fixes the issue?. That just makes it become ordinary 4K. That TV mighty be glitchy when it comes to the HDR output from the VTV. Or maybe the HDMI cable which your using with the VTV isn't up to the task of outputting 4K with HDR without too much signal loss and so it momentarily screen glitches every now and then.
Depends if u want something that plugs into the USB port or into a power outlet.
Anyone know if I can stick a regular usb with shows/movies on it in this and it'll play them? Connections just says micro usb in so I guess not?
Nope. You can’t
New to Android Tv's, but does this allow Kayo and Disney Plus?
I wouldn't buy cheap Android devices - this thing will be a paperweight in 24 months, my 5 year old Chromecast still supports everything.
The device is actually a SmartVu (purchased one recently) and it works fairly well. Issues being that it gets really hot after less than 10 minutes of idling and it cuts off some content (maybe my TV though it's 16:9). It also doesn't officially support 9Now in the Play Store but I managed to sideload the APK with network file transfer.
I should have bought it when HN selling it at $44. Regret it now
Just 8 bucks more my friend (with price match at OW). If you need it, get it. Money goes around and comes around. Peace is important.
It's more than that bro. I could have used my gift card too. Now that my income is drastically reduced. Gotta save up
I get it… But it's OzBargain not OzSettle. Don't make the simple comment mroe than it was
For the record, I regret not getting the 4K version. Mainly for the ethernet port option, which this doesn't have. Save your coins up and get that one instead if you can. It will last longer
This if you want something little that you can plug into HDMI and power with usb and not even notice, and then stream youtube, kayo, Netflix, all the fta channels etc from your phone. I guess Vodafone t.v. has other features which I'm sure someone will let you know on here, it's just a bigger (little) box with a remote.
Sorry are you referring to chromecast 3 or th seiki box from Target?
The most obvious is the VTV doesn't require an additional device just to operate it.
A chromecast doesn't stream directly from your phone (unless you're using screen broadcasting); the phone only tells it what to stream which it then retrieves from the internet itself.
I know not accessible for everyone, but $54 from good guys commerical
Amazon fire stick is far better, remote and actual apps. Far less glitchy than trying to pause and unpause a video or play a video using google chromecast
I stopped using my chromecasts for this reason - pausing and restarting video was a pain. I went the roku path, though. It works well, but I may try the fire stick next time so I can use kodi
Have both, roku is amazing & fire stick sucks as it's soooo slow. Stick to Roku.
Pause and un-pause using the TV remote isn't that hard with CC though.
Fire stick needs constant power though yeah?
How's chromecast any different?
My (limited) reading suggested that the Fire Stick needed to be plugged in to your TVs USB as well as connected to a power outlet, whereas chromecast didn’t. Would love to actually know if this is legit.
@LittleTicket: All my chromecasts v1 and v2 required power outlet. I don't own any V3 or any future google products.
@sunnyc: Are you sure? My Chromecast v1 definitely does not need to be plugged into a power outlet - only power source is TV's USB.
@bolt: I've used the plug this entire time. Silly me. Depends on power, firestick has the capability but really depends on the output of the tv
@sunnyc: Haha, as long as it works is the important thing - some TVs might not have a USB port anyway.
@sunnyc: Cool! Can you confirm it can run without the power outlet? I’m running a very tight fit and don’t need another plug behind my tv.
@sunnyc: Chromecast 2 can power off usb from the TV or external . For me the Chromecast 3 needs external power source which is provided and it has an ethernet port presumably due to the 4K. I have both. I guess that might depend on the output power of you TV's USB
At the time they were the cheapest thing to get you going if you didn't have set top box or smart TV thanks to OZB. Happy I got mine
@freesteakknives: Chromecast 3 doesn't have ethernet nor 4K support, that's the Chromecast Ultra. Chromecast 3 just has a micro usb port for power, the same as the earlier models.
@ssquid: Note you can plug in one of those cheap USB to ethernet dongles and then you have wired ethernet. I have done this on one of my Chromecast 2's.
@ssquid: Yes, my bad. Thanks for the correction. Brain fade
@sunnyc: I've got the v1 and V2, both draw power via a USB port on the tv.
@Trishool: Yeah, I didn’t know until now, been using power point for this entire time
@sunnyc: Probably not a bad thing anyway, as it will hopefully mean less electricity strain on the TV itself.
Normal price usually $59, I have picked up 3 of these when good guys have their 20% off sales, which is quite often, for $47, if in no rush.
Loved my chromecasts, until I got a mibox. Then another, and another… Chromecast is dead to me. No idea why people buy such a limited device. Even mibox is scraping the surface.
What makes it better? And why not VTV?
VTV came afterwards, and was more expensive.
Mibox did everything I ever asked, never broke, and cost peanuts.
Thought I'd revisit the differences. See what's the best now.
VTV: Disabling NTFS, no-longer supporting files >4GB, is preposterous.
Has anyone tried the brandless ones of these? They're about $17 on eBay.
Don't waste your time with them.
A new chromecast is rumoured to be out soon, with remote.. I'd wait for now.
To me a remote seems like a negative. But I guess you could just not use it if you want.
Is there anything that combines Homerun and Shield functions/features?
I had a Chromecast one and now 2 Chromecast ultra. They do great for me. I also bought a Munoz one, but too laggy and the cast function didn't worked well. I recommend the CC ultra, way more faster and 4K steaming and yes, CC needs power, older devices used a micro USB connector that can be plugged to tv USB or to a provided charger. Ultra version needs to be connected to the electric powerpoint.
Vodafone Tv selling at ~$72. I’ve been using mine for 6 months now and never skipped a beat. No need to cast from a second device, but works just a well if you need too. Great remote. Works via Bluetooth, so no need to have it sitting in view ala infrared tech. HDMI, USB, Play Store, TV tuner and digital optical. Might not suit top of the wazza users (4K and latest sticky donut with sprinkles Android) but a device that comes with a very good couch remote rather than having to dedicate your $1k phone to cast a video wins every day in our household.
The VTV does support 4K…
can you sideload disney+ on VTV?
You can sideload Kayo.
Disney I believe is freely available.
I saw a fair few reports of Android 9 being pretty buggy on the box, how is it for you?
Thinking of picking one up myself.
Fire stick with cinema hd/ kodi and real debrid installed is an absolute gamechanger.
Ppl still recommend the VTV even though a ntfs HDD is unable to be plugged in to it to view anymore?
Genuine query as I have been close to pulling trigger - yet now unsure of its overall value if can’t watch dl items through it also
Can't plug a storage drive into Chromecast either. PLEX has solved the need for most people when it comes to watching downloaded content but I do understand how someone can prefer it the other way. More features/options is always better.
yes true true it does not which is why i have not gone down that road either.
Think i need to look into PLEX properly by sounds of it longterm - yet as have lots of ish across multiple HDD its currently easier to for me to just plug n play.
You could always reformat your HDD to exFAT which should work.
But then it boils down to if you need your HDD to be NTFS.
It doesn't support exfat either.
It's a limitation of Android 9, that Technicolor (manufacturer) either chose not to address or simply followed suit. There are workarounds for it though, albeit tiresome for some. If you want to view items from your "library", probably easiest to do so over a network share and you remove the need for the HDD. Other than that for $72 it's a solid device and in my opinion, probably the best remote for any streaming device.
can this allow you to cast all content from mobile phone to tv or only certain websites and apps? any benefits in getting this if you already have a telstra tv device or a smart tv with builtin apps?
You can mirror your screen to the TV, doesn't work perfectly but it works.
I've still got the 1st Gen, would I notice any difference upgrading to this?
It can play 1080p at 60fps. Older models can only do 30fps.
Wifi is a bit improved over gen1 but not noticeably better than gen2.
My order got cancelled. No stock.
Oh well looks like I'll hang on with my gen 1 Chromecast.