If you’re a lover of Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or other streaming services, you might be feeling left out if you don’t have a smart TV. However, you needn’t buy a whole new TV set to get access to streaming content. Instead, you can pick up a cheap device like a Google Chromecast. This small device lets you add streaming features from services like Netflix or Hulu to your current TV by plugging into the back of your TV via an HDMI port. Chromecasts are already affordable so they don’t often go on sale, but to help you save some cash and find the best Chromecast deals, we’ve rounded up some of the best offers available below.
- Google Chromecast 3rd Generation — $30, was $35
- Google Chromecast Ultra - 4K — $55, was $70
- Google Chromecast and Google Nest Mini in Sky — $60, was $80
- 4K Ultra HD Android TV Box with Chromecast — $60, was $70
- Google Chromecast and Google Nest Mini in Coral — $60, was $80
There are two Chromecast models on the market today, and which one you need will largely come down to what sort of TV you’re hooking it up to. The standard Chromecast, now in its third generation, can stream video content up to a resolution of 1080p; the new Chromecast with Google TV (which has officially replaced the now-discontinued Chromecast Ultra) is capable of 4K HDR streaming, however, so if you have an Ultra HD TV — one that doesn’t have built-in streaming capabilities as almost all modern 4K televisions do — then that’s the one you’ll want to spring for.
Google Chromecast with Google TV also includes a remote, not unlike the Roku family of streaming devices, whereas the regular Chromecast does not. Whichever Chromecast dongle you choose, the only requirement for use is that your TV must have an HDMI port as this is how the Chromecast interfaces with the television.
Chromecast Audio was a unique little dongle that allowed you to stream content such as music and podcasts to any “dumb” speaker, similar to how the other Chromecast players allow you to use a “dumb” TV like a smart TV. Chromecast Audio never quite caught on, however, due to lack of demand for such a device as well as the huge popularity of audio streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re looking for something like Chromecast Audio, then we recommend the , which offers audio streaming along with Alexa A.I. and a built-in speaker for around the same price.
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