Lots of people have an older TV model that doesn’t offer smart TV features, but we still want to be able to stream from favorite services like Hulu, Netflix, or Disney+. One option is to purchase an entirely new TV, but if you don’t want to shell out that much money then there is another option. A cheap streaming device like a Google Chromecast plugs into the HDMI port at the back of your TV and gives you streaming capabilities. It works with almost all TVs and gives you great smart TV features without having to spend too much. To help you find a great deal on a Chromecast, we’ve rounded up some of the best deals available below.
Today’s best Chromecast deals
- Google Chromecast (3rd Generation) — $30
- Google Chromecast — $30
- Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker with Google Assistant and Chromecast Media Player — $60, was $80
- Google Chromecast (3rd Gen) and Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) — $60, was $80
- Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant + Google Chromecast (Latest Model) — $110
Chromecast vs. Chromecast with Google TV
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.
What happened to Chromecast Audio?
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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