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Google Chromecast with Google TV $91 + Delivery (Free C&C) @ The Good Guys Commercial (Membership Required)

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Excellent device, I rate it highly. Got mine from this deal https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/589846 for $89.10. It's fairly easy to get Good Guys Commercial access if you work for the government or have a union membership of some kind.

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  • +11 votes

    I bought the Google TV with Netflix deal. I think that is greater value than buying the Google TV by itself.. if you're paying for Netflix that is.

    • +7 votes

      For everyone else, you can view that offer here:
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/569685

      FYI, it's a better offer as you get the Chromecast and $95 of Netflix subscription for $140.

      • +1 vote

        Thanks, somehow missed that. If it's compatible with Disney+ I'll probably pick one up later :)

        • +2 votes

          Pretty sure there is an app for Disney+ so should be compatible.

          Also works as a regular chromecast so if the app doesn't work you can always cast from the app.

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            @rain-e: Thanks except it's not for me, it's for someone who fails at casting which is why I bought a fire stick for them, but they hate the remote so I'm hoping they won't hate this one.

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              @Hintswen: Other comments seem to confirm that the app works on the google tv so make of that what you will.

        • +2 votes

          It is. Really easy to set up as well.

        • +3 votes

          Can confirm I have Disney+ installed on mine

        • +3 votes

          It is but it's a known issue that is not working in dolby vision, only hdr.

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            @blueskywalker: This is the only criticism i have . Hopefully they are able to fix it .
            Otherwise a great product and I have retired my RPI's .

        • +1 vote

          Yes there is a Disney+ app within Google TV.
          I love Google TV. It's better than Fetch TV which I love also. The ability to talk to your remote control is very useful.
          Instead of searching by typing you can just speak into the Google Remote, such as "play latest episode of Young Sheldon",
          it will show all the apps that you have subscribed to that can play the episode that you like,
          then you scroll through and chose which app you want to play the episode, really easy and intuitive!!

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        This is the better deal.

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        I just bought the Google TV with 6-months Netflix deal at the Google Store for $139.99.
        It's the best deal for existing Netflix customers - It comes with $95.94 of Netflix credit, which can be utilized on your existing account, meaning that the device costs Netflix standard subscribers only $44.05. Refund policy - $99 for returned device if you have activated the Netflix credit, or the full $139.99 if you have not activated the credit. Was a no brainer for me. Only use my Foxtel box for the occasional news report and to stream Netflix. Will add Foxtel Now, Free to air stations, Netflix to Google TV. Will add the occasional sub to Amazon and Disney as needed. All in one place. Nice.

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        My FIL bought this deal but cant find the 6 months Netflix it came with. Is it a code that comes in the box?

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          Probably not. I can't say for certain but you should read the previous deal comments and/or the T/C: "To redeem the Netflix offer, customers must set up an eligible Chromecast with Google TV device and follow the instructions to apply the offer value to a Netflix account by 1 March 2022."

      • +3 votes

        Forget the Netflix deal. Buy this below RRP and sign up to Turkish Netflix. Way better deal.

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          People sell the credit and return the device , ends up being $45. Just have to hassle someone to sell it to, and wouldn't be much in it for them unless you charged say $80.

          Turkish is a bit of effort (need a turkish mobile). Big thread on that somewhere on here.

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            @G-rig: Never needed Turkish mobile when I signed up. Just need vpn

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              @Jared17: Seem to need it now, spent a while on it.
              Brazil was only a few bucks more ($8 standard/$12 premium)

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      Do you need to use the Netflix sub in one continuous block or can you pause it for a few months.

      • +1 vote

        You can pause, this just applies credit to your NF account, like a gift card.

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          That makes it much more tempting, there's not that much on Netflix I really want to see at present.

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          How does one "pause" Netflix?

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          I don’t think you can pause it and keep your credit intact. If you decide to pause it, it will run till the credit expires and then pause.

          (I did this last year) The only option was to contact support and they might ok it and once you are ready to restart look at your account and if you haven’t accessed Netflix during that time and you have that chat, they might give you a credit.

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      Not if you pay for Netflix in Turkish lira

  • +1 vote

    "t's fairly easy to get Good Guys Commercial access if you work for the government " Does it mean, if one works for any government department?

    • +3 votes

      I think if you have .gov email you can sign up. I work for NSW Health and I'm a union member - I used union shopper to access the GGC site https://www.unionshopper.com.au/

      • +1 vote

        So not really Government, but more a union member.

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          Perhaps just a union membership will do. I signed up so long go I can't rightly remember if a .gov is needed. If you have one there's a good chance you have the other

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      Just sign up to Suncorp for free.

      • +1 vote

        ???

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        Does that mean I can just create a Sunsuper account for TGG commercial and never need to use it?

        • +1 vote

          Correct

      • +1 vote

        Suncorp and SunSuper are 2 different things though. Does Suncorp also have a free option besides opening an account?

        • +1 vote

          My bad, sunsuper

  • +2 votes

    Does it need an antenna to watch FTA channels?

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      No, just wifi.

      • +1 vote

        Is it possible to install Freeview and other local tv app?

        • +3 votes

          No freeview. Just the FTA apps - they all stream live TV and have huge back catalogues https://imgur.com/QQbhSpC

          • +5 votes

            @DisabledUser325120: They don't stream certain sports though as licensing limits them to broadcast only I've noticed.

  • +1 vote

    Very good device!

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    Does anyone know if this new google tv plays the google photos ambient mode in 4K? The chromecast ultra only displays them in 1080p which is ridiculous

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      Mine are being streamed to my 4K TV [via ambient mode] at their stored resolution in the cloud

      • +1 vote

        nah they get downsampled to 1080p regardless of the stored resolution

        "The maximum resolution of Ambient Mode on Chromecast Ultra devices is 1080p."

        https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6080931?hl=en-A...

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          That info pertains to the Chromecast Ultra, not sure if it's relevant to this device. Anyway, whatever Google is doing on this device my stored 4032x1908 resolution pics look great displayed on my 65" TV.

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            @DisabledUser325120: Yeah and the homescreen is 4k as well isn't it?

            • +1 vote

              @G-rig: yeah

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    Is this a good device to replace an aging Android media player

    • +1 vote

      Yes.

      Main downside is the weak USB hard drive support. It requires a USB C hub that may not work (hit and miss) and it won't support certain hard drive formats.

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        I installed Kodi app and stream from my NAS . Can't you add the USB drive to your router and stream from that ?

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          Is the Kodi app in the Play store or can you side load? Looking at retiring all my raspberry pi's + local MySQL database.

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            @reactor-au: Kodi app is in the Play Store . Easy to set up .
            The remote is great and I thought the voice recognition would be pointless but it actually works great .
            Dumped my RPI's , It was time .

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        It's not hit and miss. It must be a USB C hub with power delivery (pd). Or else it won't work.

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          Know of any good ones from Amazon?
          Already got the Google Ethernet adaptor so that would go to waste. Probably easy enough to plug in a HDD to the router for media server? I've never really worked that out (and just got a belong router now).

          Cheers

          • +1 vote

            @G-rig: This is the one I got: https://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B07DC25FHC/
            So far so good, but this one doesn't have ethernet. I think there are other models which have it. But, like I said, you need "power delivery".

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              @poisongodmachine: cheers, yes, noted has to be PD

              Just thinking how I'd use the ethernet adapter I got as well, and if you can run the Google cable into that type C port on the hub then out again to the chromecast?

              Is the main aim to be able to plug in more storage/HDD for a server? Got old shows and movies on hard drives I don't really use, could just plug that into the telly.

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                @G-rig: Couldn't tell you about the Google ethernet adapter, sorry.

                Yes, I use the hub to extend storage and also to connect a game controller (I have installed some Android games on the Chromecast).

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                  @poisongodmachine: No worries, will look into it, still need to test connecting an external 3.5" powered caddy to the router.
                  Always intended to set up a NAS but too much drama and cost when you can stream most stuff :)

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    Good deal.

    This is essentially 10% off RRP
    https://store.google.com/config/chromecast_google_tv?hl=en-G...

  • +1 vote

    In starting not to like all the l this big Tech. I couldn't play a downloaded on my android phone or tv file due to audio copyright

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      Can I suggest Spotify?

  • +1 vote

    Excellent device but be aware of the wifi disconnect issues that many users(including me) have encountered.

    Check this

    Gets really frustrating at times.

    • +5 votes

      I have 2 and no issues so far…

    • +1 vote

      No issues, but also recommend the ethernet adapter (I got a $10 off voucher from Google) after purchase of a chromecast w GTV.
      https://store.google.com/au/product/chromecast_ethernet_adap...

      There may be generic ones that work for cheaper.

    • +1 vote

      Yes it does disconnect any workaround?

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        A few workaround on net but no cause identified.
        An HDMI extension seems to have done the trick for me.

      • +1 vote

        My issue was the band my 5ghz wifi radio was transmitting on. (Off memory here) it was on band 10, which for some reason the ChromeCast can't see or is flakey with, so I changed the 5Ghz radio on my APs to channel 40 and has been rock solid since.

        Unsure if all devices allow you to change your wifi channel, but my Ubiquiti gear make it easy.

  • -2 votes

    Is it a valid reason during lockdown to go to Good Guys?

    • -1 vote

      what lockdown
      ?

      • +5 votes

        Qld

        And no it's not a valid reason

    • +1 vote

      The way I see it, if their open, you can go. Wouldn't make much sense for a store to be open it nobody is allowed to go there.
      Plus technically electronics could be essential :)

      • +4 votes

        They’re open to sell essential items, like a computer to someone who needs to work from home or someone who needs a replacement fridge. Not to sell a media player to idiots. Wait a few days and don’t be selfish.

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      Unless you want to buy coffee machine???

    • +1 vote

      No

  • +2 votes

    go on facebook market place can find people selling it new for $80 or lower, most likely those that got it for the netflix subscription

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      You will need to set up/activate the Google TV before Google send you the Netflix credit. It is misleading for these people to advertise the opened/activated Google TV as "new".

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        I'm in the same boat, ordered the Netflix bundle but delivery time took so long I just got one from JB hi-fi. Still have an unopened one, was intending on trying to sell the credit to someone and return the device to google for $99. Apparently it's a bit of a procedure, and I also use NF Brazil so can't add to my account.

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        Most I can see look sealed

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          Probably took the photo before unwrapping it. Or if they don't know how it works they're waiting on an email for credit and will never see it once they sell it off sealed.

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    $139.99 - $95.94 = $44.05
    $80 - $44.05 = $35.95 profit!

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    Her anyone with this know if theirs turns off after a while?
    Because it has to be plugged into the mains, it's always on. It says it "turns the display off" after a set time, which dims the white standby light a little. But the unit still feels hot when it's doing that and seems odd that it runs and stays warm constantly.

    Is that the same for everyone else?
    I'm used the the Chromecasts being plugged into the tv so it cuts out power with the tv off. Not sure if what's happening with this one is normal.

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      You can change the time out/power off time, mine is 30 mins I think, and it turns off the TV and soundbar too.

      Wouldn't worry about a Chromecast always receiving power, I'm sure devices like this are designed to be always on standby. You could get a smart plug if concerned.

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        Cheers. Yea inset it to 15 min. But the unit still stays warm overnight which concerns my off 😂

        Trying to find a plug that would switch the Chromecast USB power off with the tv.

        • +2 votes

          If you plug it into an HDMI-ARC port, it can turn your tv on when you cast to it which I've found very convenient - don't need to find the remote to start watching the test match, just fire up Kayo on my phone and cast it to the Chromecast which turns the TV on

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          Haven't noticed my device getting hot, but will have to check.
          Mine is plugged into a Soundbar (HDMI) then -> TV (HDMI ARC)

          You'd lose some functionality if you had to turn a smart plug on everytime want to watch tv, nice having the chromecast at the ready. Standby power isn't much to worry about, but understand you want the device to last a while. i'm sure they were intended to be on standby though.

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            @G-rig: Cheers. Yea I'd be keen to know if other people's devices are warm overnight. I just checked mine and it had the dimmed white light but warm to touch.

            Yea longevity is my concern.

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              @Herbse: Mine stays cool even when used doesn't get hot at all (perhaps tepid warm when in use). Cool to touch in standby.

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      This does concern me a little too but the convenience outweighs my concern.

      How bout get a power plug with a timer or a smart plug?

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    Can you purchase using Good Guys gift cards?

    • +1 vote

      I think tggc won't accept gift card

  • +1 vote

    I have one and the annoying part is when it keeps trying to offer me paid content… Or from apps I don't have and have even disabled. Casting on this is a bit iffy at best especially when using YouTube it seems to get easily confused and starts casting the last video you played instead of the one you try to cast.
    My last Chromecast was more reliable, yes I know it doesn't have the same feature set but I'm considering just getting the shield

    • +1 vote

      The idea is that you don't need to cast from your phone, the device does it itself. At least I don't bother anyway usually.
      agree have turned off the apps I don't use/subscribe to, however Google movies that can be purchased still appear on the home screen.
      I tend to go into the app first anyway, it works better with the audio sync.