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CORRECT. There seems to be a lot of confusion here. The Chromecast device DOES NOT get power through HDMI period, regardless of the version or the amount of power in your HDMI port. The device does NOT have support for MHL at all, so it cannot get power through HDMI. Even if your TV has HDMI v1.4 you will still need USB power. It doesn't matter how much power your HDMI port produces, the devices is NOT capable of being powered through HDMI. You MUST ALWAYS use some USB power source with the Chromecast device. Repeat, you MUST ALWAYS plug it into a USB power source period.
Aug 22, 2013 by TechDude
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I'm actually thinking of cancelling my amazon prime since there is no android chromecast support. We need an app please.
Jan 31, 2014 by Steven Ouellette
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You can! it comes with a fairly long USB cord and an AC power adapter that you plug into the wall.
Aug 24, 2013 by D. Fischer
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Yes- there are a few workarounds. first come out you can just use Chrome to cast your whole screen, which works fine, but can be a little bit slow. You also can't use that screen for anything else while you're watching the video if you do it this way. However, if you play the video directly in chrome, you can stream only that tab. This should work a little bit faster. You might consider reading this article for more details (http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-how-to-guide/how-to-stream-local-video-to-chromecast/) but, in brief, go to the omnibox in chrome and enter in " file://" and then the full location of the video on your hard drive - c:/Videos/VideoOne.mp4 (Like this - file://c:/Videos/VideoOne.mp4). This should open the video in that specific chrome tab itself, which you can then stream to your chromecast. Good Luck!
Mar 31, 2014 by Andrew David Christensen Daniels
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You do not need an HDTV with wifi ... the chromecast provides the wifi access
Jul 24, 2013 by Charley Toona
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I had a "Smart TV" but it was so difficult to use. Most of these TVs require input from their remote to do searches using up, down, left or right keys to select each letter one at a time. It is time consuming, and horrible way to do such searches. Chromecast is simply a "receiver" of your requests through some other device, such as a smartphone, Desktop PC, Laptop PC or Tablet. In essence, the other device is your "remote" and you can do searches of YouTube, NetFlix, or any other app with so much ease. Once you have selected your video, you press the chromecast button and that will send the selected video LINK information to the chromecast dongle receiver on your TV where the microcomputer in it will do the actual streaming from your wifi directly to the TV (Not through your device). In other words, once you select the video and begin to stream it, the video is taken over by the chromecast dongle on the TV. You can still do pauses and control the video from your device, but your device is not doing any encoding / decoding of the video. This is great because it gives you a consistent video quality regardless of the cpu power of your device. The quality of the video is only limited to the bandwidth of your wifi connection. Another advantage is the queue. You can select a video, start to stream it, select another and queue it up to play after the previous video is finished. In fact, if two people in the room have a wifi device, they can both send videos to the queue. A great example is to go on YouTube, search "the Ellen Show scare" then select several videos and send them to the queue, then sit back and enjoy celebrities being scared by Ellen one right after the other automatically. It makes any TV with an HDMI port, much more enjoyable, useful, and affordable. There is one small downside to the approach of allowing any wifi device on a specific router to control the chromcast dongle receiver. It means that multiple smartphones or tablets on the same wifi router, will ALL be able to control the same TV. If I start a video, and my toddler, in the next room, has her ipad, and SHE starts her "old MacDonald" video, the last invoked command wins. Of course, she is delighted to hear the song, while I groan! In a civilized family, its not a problem, but in a mischievous family, it is interesting! Although there are other more complicated ways to solve this on a single router, the easiest way I've found is to put the toddler ipad on a separate wifi network, by hooking up a second wifi router to the first router and have her devices connect to that one instead of the first wifi router. In that way, she enjoys a wifi connection to her device, but can't interfere with my Chromecast network on the first router.
Aug 5, 2014 by James P Potter
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You will have to do the setup again in each new location so that it can access the local WiFi network (how else would it know which network to use or the password?). To do that you'll need to have the setup app on your portable Android/iOS device (or a laptop). It won't work in a hotel where you need to log in to the WiFi network with a browser and agree to terms.
Oct 17, 2013 by Criminologist
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Hi S Rossow. Some people in this forum say you can but I have NOT been able to do it. I only use it with YouTube and Netflix
Mar 25, 2014 by A. Diaz
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It'll make your life more convenient by instantly streaming the approved apps from your mobile device/computer/tablet directly to your tv. A smart tv may do similar things like play youtube/netflix etc. But this chromecast potentially can make it easier.
Mar 24, 2014 by MekMek
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Yes you can, but I wouldn't recommend it. The Chrome browser extension is not very good. For one, you won't be able to stream in HD, and the frame rate is horrible. Imagine watching an English dub old Chinese movie. About the only thing that Chromecast streams well currently is Youtube and Netflix. That doesn't mean Google won't improve on the extension, but I doubt they will improve by end of the year.
Sep 4, 2013 by C. Abe
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