Chromecast is another very popular TV streaming device through which you can access many of the best music and video providers (such as Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, Spotify, Crackle, Google Play Movies, TV & Music, WatchESPN, NFL Sunday Ticket by DirecTV, YouTube Kids and many more).
Chromecast also sports a dongle (like Fire TV) that you plug into your TV's HDMI port. Although the unit can be powered by a USB cable (included), for best results, plug the included power adapter into wall current. This is especially advised for the Chromecast Ultra for 4K content.
You must have a robust and stable Wi-fi network in your home in order to use Chromecast wirelessly. Read all about home networks and the best router to get here: Home Networking Tutorials.
There is no separate remote controller; you control the Chromecast through your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Setup is easy once Chromecast and your chosen "controller" connect to your Wi-Fi network; they recognize each other and onscreen instructions help you complete the process.
There are two main features which set the Chromecast Streaming Media Player apart from the others:
No separate remote controller (you use your Android or iOS mobile device; or a PC running Windows or Mac OS X instead)
No access to Amazon Videos (due to legal battles between Amazon and Google)
If you just love "all things Google", then Chromecast will fit right into your network.
If the idea of "casting" anything you see on your mobile device or computer, straight to your big-screen TV intrigues you, Google Chromecast is for you.
If you consider no separate remote, no on-screen menu, or the absence of Amazon Prime videos as a problem, then skip Chromecast.
Google Chromecast 2
Google Chromecast Ultra
Compare the Google Chromecast to Amazon Fire.
Compare the Google Chromecast to Roku Stick.