What is it?
Google Chromecast is a small flash drive looking device that you plug into one of the HDMI ports on your television and configure to your internet network.
Once the device is connected to your network, your smartphone, tablet, or laptop can send a website address to the device and you can stream to your television anything your heart desires.
What Operating Systems (OS) does Google Chromecast support?
Windows 7 and higher
Mac OS 10.7 and higher
Android 2.3 and higher
iOS 6 and higher
What applications are supported?
Anything you find on the internet.
Play your favorite games online on the big screen.
How is this different from plugging my laptop into my TV via an HDMI cable?
Chances are that your laptop is working over time and overheating.
You can send a link to Google Chromecast without having to duplicate the same content on your laptop because it does not mirror your desktop, it simply gets the link and you are free to use your laptop for other things.
You don't need an HDMI cable.
Roku vs. Google Chromecast
Roku can't stream the internet.
Roku has many channels not found on the internet.
Chromecast streams the internet directly to your TV.
Roku has a remote.
Chromecast remote is your smartphone, laptop trackpack, or wi-fi tablet.
What other features can I expect?
The unit is USB powered or outlet powered.
1080p and 5.1 surround sound.
Can receive information from all synced devices.
Until 12/31/2013 you will receive a code to get 3 months free of Netflix that are valid to new and existing customers.
The unit costs $35.00 plus tax and Shipping through the Google store.
Best Buy has the option of shipping or pick up in store
Taking into account the three free months of Netflix, the unit costs around $11.00
Amazon has it now!