Looking to enjoy streaming but don’t want to dish out hundreds or more for a smart TV? If you already have a TV you like or are just looking to add streaming capabilities to a secondary bedroom or kitchen television, worry not, because you can do it for super cheap with a streaming device like the Google Chromecast. Google’s streaming dongles might be about the cheapest way to enjoy Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, and other popular platforms on virtually any TV with an HDMI port, and to help you find the right one for you at the right price, we’ve got all the best Google Chromecast deals and bundles right here.
Today’s best Chromecast deals
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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