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Chromecast: Playing Hard to Get

Dan Jones
8/26/2013

Many of you want to try Google's new Chromecast streaming TV device but are finding it hard to get your hands on the dongle.

Seventy-three of the 352 respondents to our Chromecast survey said that you want a Chromecast dongle but are finding that they are sold out everywhere. Sixty-two of you ordered one as soon as you heard of it.

A sizable number of readers are hoping the advent of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s Chromecast and cheaper TV streaming will change the model for cable operators over time. Sixty-nine respondents hope cable operators will start to offer an "a la carte" choice of TV channels, rather than forcing subscribers buy a massive package of channels they don't actually watch.

Fifty-eight of you say that Chromecast will change nothing, and that you'll be hanging on to your cable package. Only 40 readers said live access to sports coverage is keeping them on cable.

Check out our next poll here.

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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kaop
kaop
8/26/2013 | 9:49:35 PM
Re: Streaming
SarahReedy:  Is thedeteriation of quality be due to cloud network congestion?  I'm assuming everything get through the clouds.  If so, Google might need to focus on cloud optimization?
DanJones
DanJones
8/26/2013 | 4:20:08 PM
Re: Chromecast
I'm sure they're already thinking of second gen additions.
@jopocop
@jopocop
8/26/2013 | 3:45:44 PM
Chromecast
Well, for about $35, you get what you pay for.  Google announced that they are blocking local media downloading too.  With such new alleged hot product, I think people need to just wait and see how this is further developed by Google, along with the next round of similar products to see how this market really turns out.  
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
8/26/2013 | 10:43:18 AM
Re: Streaming
I like the UI. It's incredibly simple and easy to set up and use. While I was really impressed with the speed and quality the first handful of times I've used it, the last few haven't been as good. May be just isolated problems, but I hope the quality doesn't detoriate. 
jdbower
jdbower
8/26/2013 | 10:42:02 AM
Re: Streaming
The UI (or, more accurately, the lack of a UI) is exactly what I like about it. I want my TV to be a dumb monitor, push all of controls to my phone/tablet instead. The 10' interface is great for simple choices, but when I'm selecting somthing to watch out of thousands of choices I need a keyboard and a way to quickly select from 10's of on-screen options that are the result of a search. Both of these are clumbsy at best with traditional remotes and much simpler with a mobile device.
DanJones
DanJones
8/26/2013 | 10:26:53 AM
Re: Streaming
Interesting, the UI is supposed to be a selling point.
wanlord
wanlord
8/26/2013 | 10:21:31 AM
Re: Streaming
not impressed with it. I really expected a nice user interface, remote, etc like Apple TV but it's not even as good as a slingbox.
DanJones
DanJones
8/26/2013 | 9:53:58 AM
Streaming
I was a little surprised that only 50 people are happy with their existing streaming system, room for more uptake there?
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