Take you through my experience with it, what I like about it, the top features and make sure you stick around towards the end of the video, because that’s, where I’ll take you through some of the issues and downsides I’ve had with the Chromecast and you’ll especially want To watch that part, if you’re a fan of 4k or Dolby Atmos or Dolby Vision, but for now let’s talk about features.. First up Google TV, which is the UI that you see on the Chromecast and it’s one of the best parts of using this device over the long term. Because of one thing, recommendations., Google TV does content recommendations extremely well.. I think Google TV has come the closest to getting to that desired state of being able to just use one UI to find and discover TV shows and movies to watch versus the way. A lot of us do it today, which is clicking through each app individually to find content.. Google TV’s recommendations for me have been spot on over the past six months.. Now. Part of this is due to the universal rating system, where you can rate, shows and movies. You like, with a thumbs up or down as well as mark, shows and movies as watched.. The more you do this, the better recommendations you get. Another part of the software I’ve, absolutely loved using over the past six months, is being able to add a show to the universal watch. List. Gone are the days of having individual watch lists within each app.
With the Chromecast with Google TV you can just have one watchlist and add shows to it from a variety of apps and services.. The layout of Google TVs UI also just makes a lot of sense.. You have a top menu that consists of search for you, movies, TV shows, apps library, and then your Google profile icon at the top right, which is consistent with other Google apps and where you’ll find the settings for the device.. Each section is pretty self explanatory and it’s easy to navigate around with a new Chromecast remote, which I have a lot of feelings. About.. The previous Chromecast was great at casting from your phone to the TV, but it was never something I’d actually use to watch. Tv shows or movies because it didn’t have a remote, and I always had to have my phone with me anytime. I wanted to watch something. With this new version of the Chromecast Google solved that issue and produced a really nice remote.. The buttons have a nice feel to them it’s easy to use reliably, and I haven’t had any problems with it. In the six months, I’ve been using it.. The main thing you’ll use the remote for is to navigate the UI, and you do this by using the top and bottom and leftright buttons along the top of the remote, and when you want to click something you can click the center button. Inside of what looks like a little wheel.
, If you have a newer TV or other devices like a receiver or soundbar in your setup, you can teach the Chromecast with Google TV to turn on and off your devices and control their volume, using either HDMI CEC or With an IR blaster on the remote and in my experience it is worked well., The only downside to using an IR blaster, which is what I do because HDMI CEC doesn’t completely work with my setup, for some reason is that the IR blaster won’t always kick my Receiver over to the correct HDMI input. Now you may have noticed that dark button on the remote.. What does that? Do It controls the Google Assistant. To use it just hold that button down and ask Google for something.? You can ask for different types of TV shows or ask it to show a particular genre of content, and, of course, you can ask it for more regular assistant things like asking about the weather. Next up services. Now, unlike some other streaming devices out there, they’re aren’t, Currently, any disputes between Google and other content companies over their apps on this device.. It comes with all of the mainstreaming services. You’D expect like Netflix, Disney, Plus HBO Max Hulu in the US, Amazon, Prime, Paramount, etc, and in the six months I’ve been using the device Apple TV has been added as well.. Another standout feature for this Chromecast, like the ones before it is casting.. As I mentioned earlier, you can easily cast media from a device like your Android or iOS phone tablet or a computer.
When you see the cast button available to your TV., This is one of the greatest strengths with the Chromecast. When you compare it to other streaming devices out there, because cast support is found in so many different types of apps. Like Spotify, Netflix, Google, Photos etc., And if you have an Android phone, you can just cast whatever’s on your screen to the TV with a tap Of a button. Next up Bluetooth., The Chromecast with Google TV, does have support for wireless Bluetooth devices like wireless headphones.. You can pair your wireless headphones to the device in settings and, in my experience with this feature, … actually it’s been alright but not great.. I found that there’s too much interference in the Bluetooth signal for it to be usable in my experience., And some of that may just be due to my Chromecast sitting behind a large receiver. So your experience may differ here, based on the setup of your TV and sound system., So that’s one thing that hasn’t worked very well for me on the Chromecast, with Google TV. Now let’s dive into a couple of other downsides I’ve found, while using the device. First Is lack of universal playback controls. Skip forward and skip backward features, do not work the same across all applications. In some apps, like Apple TV Plus, you can just use the left and right buttons to skip ahead and skip back, but in other apps, like Disney Plus, When you hit the left and right buttons, it’ll bring up a pop up menu and then you’ll need to move the selector over to the rewind or fast forward icon and then hit the center button in order to fast forward or rewind, which is just clunky.
. I wish Google had done something here to enforce a consistent experience across all of its apps, like Apple, does, with the Apple TV.. Next, if you’re a Netflix fan. Unfortunately, over the past six months, Netflix Originals will no longer show up as recommendations in the Google TV UI.. Now some Netflix content will appear in the recommendation UI, but it only seems to be the stuff. Netflix is currently licensing, not its own shows and movies.This is further backed up by when you use the Google Assistant to show you a Netflix show like the Queen’s Gambit. For example, it’ll give you the watch page for the show, but you’re unable to rate the show or tell Google you’ve watched it, which is kind of a bummer. All right now. The last big downside involves 4K Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. For those unfamiliar with Atmos or Vision. Dolby Vision is Doby’s, HDR technology that gives the picture on your TV, a boost.. It makes bright objects in the images you see really pop. Dolby Atmos is Dolbys latest around sound technology where, instead of having channels like right, speaker, left, speaker, etc, etc, Atmos allows sound engineers and mixers to place, sounds as three dimensional objects around your environment, using the Speakers. So basically, things sound better and more dynamic.. So what exactly does this have to do with a Chromecast? Well, for whatever reason, certain apps on the Chromecast don’t have content available in Dolby Vision, Dolby, Atmos or even 4k, sometimes when they do on other devices, like the Apple TV, 4k.
, Disney Plus just flat out doesn’t support 4k in general for content like Hamilton, the Mandalorian Wandavision pretty much everything on the Disney Plus app on the Chromecast is an HD where this isn’t the case on other devices, like my Apple TV, 4k., Also Atmos and Vision support is inconsistent on the Hulu and Amazon Prime video apps.. I notice this with Hulu’s new WeWork documentary, for example, and Amazon Prime’s, The Sound of Metal which both did not show up in 4k on the Chromecast, where they did on the Apple TV.. Alright. So, given the downsides and issues I’ve run into while using the Chromecast with Google TV over the past six months, do I ultimately recommend getting one Well in general yes., The Google TV UI is one of the best I’ve seen on any streaming device and at 50 Us dollars it’s hard to beat, even with all of the downsides I’ve encountered, with this device. For 50, that price more than makes up for them. When you compare it to other streaming devices like the Apple TV 4k, which goes for 179 US dollars.. Now is the Chromecast, the main streaming box I use now that it comes with a remote, Actually, no and it’s because of that 4k Dolby Vision and Atmos content issue in certain apps.. This is the only use case where I don’t recommend getting the Chromecast with Google TV right now and would instead point you elsewhere. All right. Well, I hope you found this review helpful and informative and if you did and liked it make sure you hit that thumbs up button below and subscribe to the channel to see more six months later.
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