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Google Chromecast 3rd Gen $42.99 @ Costco (Membership Required)

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Seems to be pretty popular on oz.
Cheapest I've seen with the next cheapest on ebay for $44 which includes $5 off for purchases >$30

Decided to grab one as the parents have always used apple TV for their "smart tv" functions however apple decided to stop supporting the apps they use. I'm sure there's cheaper alternatives but can't go wrong with this deal considering costco is only 2 minutes away by walking

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  • +16 votes

    Olds might be better off with the Chromecast with Google TV.
    Having apps and a remote definitely easier than having to cast everything

    • +1 vote

      Not to mention it’s the same price with the Netflix deal.

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        Has that deal expired?

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            @Gr8deel: Thanks 👍🏼

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            @Gr8deel: Is there an ozb link for this? Bit of a rookie here what makes this a good deal?

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              @TrafalgarSean: so if you have or want to use netflix..this deal at $139.99 gets you the chromecast and 6 months credit for netflix. So 6 months of standard plan is $95.94 so effectively you are paying $139.99 - $95.94 = $44.05 for the Chromecast. Much better chromecast unit with remote and google tv for roughly same price as old 3rd gen chromecast

    • +2 votes

      Second to that
      I have been using Chromecast since v1 for travel (eg. hotels)
      recently bought the Google TV one and cannot go back anymore
      Having a remote controller is so much more convenient

      Besides, unlike chromecast that you need to setup all the Wifi settings to hook up with Google Home
      Google TV can change network settings anytime
      which is so convenient if you are going to different hotels or places that have different Wifi SSID
      or just temporary get network via phone tethering

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        Have heard the Chromecast with Google TV can be plugged into a hub that can read external memory cards and drives and connect via ethernet? Also can play video files via apps?

        Anyone know if it'll play x265 formats without problems?

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        +1 +1
        Same here - been on original chromecast and moving to Google TV was like making a quantum leap in ease of use. Def go the Google TV option if you have the opportunity.

        Also supports Apple TV+ now

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      what is ram and storage and cpu between gen 3 cast and googletv?

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        Chromecast and Google TV are just doing their purpose (streaming contents)
        So I don't think Ram or Storage are matters at all as long as they can do their purpose (streaming without lagging)

        Unlike a Android TV box where you can install apps from play store
        the apps available in Google TV are very limited
        (possibility sideload apk, but not official supported)

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      I'll be the contrarian here and say the non Google TV Chromecasts keep it simple - no extra interface or remote to deal with. Olds are well versed to looking for the cast icon in their usual apps and I can't see any reason to introduce more complexity when it does precisely what they want - project what they want to watch on a bigger screen.

      Personally I'd use the Google TV version for the extra functionality, but each to their own.

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        I'm actually with you. One of my frustrations with the Google TV is that people can't just arbitrarily cast from their phone with their login on their streaming service - the Google TV with Chromecast is a Google TV, and only nominally a Chromecast. (Android TV is the same in this regard).

        SteamLink etc on the Google TV is great, but not being able to just stream from someone's else's phone on Prime or something is really annoying.

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    apple decided to stop supporting the apps

    Which ones?

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      Mainly the YouTube app. Still works with airplay but they dont use iphones.
      Haven't tested netflix or prime video yet

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        My brother ran into the same issue actually.

        I think they had a first gen Apple TV and Youtube stopped working recently, so pointed him to the Chromecast+Netflix deal :)

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    Thanks

    • +4 votes

      They aren’t bricks as they still function at 100% original functionality. They became less relevant for some is what you mean.

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    That reminds me, I saw $50 Apple Itunes card for $42 (final cost) on the weekend at Costco Moorabin.

    Not sure worth posting it as deal or not.

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    Still not worth it.

    The new chromecast with remote is a million times better

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    I've got an old Samsung smart TV and doesn't have the apple TV+ APP there. Can I use the Chromcast to broadcast it to the tv? I own an iPhone as well.

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    No good for me, the limit is 10 per customer.

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    Have anyone try plug this on car headunit and cast phone on the display? Thanks.

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    Everyone saying that these chromecasts are crap is forrgetting one thing: this is ozbargain and it's cheaper, and everyone who takes up a streaming license on their phone anyway doesn't have to take up a second one to use their box, so they can split the cost with someone else, or watch on any tv in the house without unplugging stuff. There's a definite benefit to this.