The not-quite-a-set-top-box Chromecast is Google’s answer to the Apple TV and Roku line of streamers. But unlike other over-the-top devices, the small dongle is controlled via Android and iOS devices, or through the Chrome Browser instead of a remote. With a supported app like Netflix — or now HBO GO on your phone or tablet — you can “cast” videos to a connected TV and continue using other apps on your device. When using the Chrome browser, you can cast any online video to your TV.While other streamers also let you push online video to your TV, the Chromecast’s $35 price point makes it particularly compelling.
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