Confirming the rumours, Google has introduced the Chromecast device with Google TV (HD) which offers features of the $50 4K model at a significantly cheaper price of $30. Unlike the original $35 Chromecast, it comes with a remote that eliminates the need for a smartphone, though you can control it with a mobile device too. The other key feature is right there in the name: lower 1080p resolution, albeit with HDR support.
The new device looks nearly identical to the 4K model, with an oval shape, a short HDMI cable, and a USB-C input. As before, it comes with all the popular streaming services, including Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Prime Video, YouTube, and others. It’s also compatible with Stadia games, and of course you can stream compatible Android and iOS apps or mirror your Chrome browser tabs.
There’s a Google Assistant button on the remote to control scheduling, ask questions, or control connected smart home devices. Plus, it can be grouped with Nest speakers for multi-room playback through music apps like Spotify, Pandora and YouTube Music.
In January, it was rumored that the device could decode high-quality, low-bandwidth AV1 files (the 4K model is currently not supported), but no word on that yet. It’s likely to appeal to buyers on a budget, but many people were hoping for instead, a faster 4K model with more storage. Chromecast with Google TV (HD) is now available for $30.
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