TECHTALK: Chromecast is Google google box bargain

Google Chromecast stick plugs directly into a spare HDMI socket on your TV
Google Chromecast stick plugs directly into a spare HDMI socket on your TV
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Want to beam video , music and pictures from your smart phone to your TV - will now youn can with Google’s new ‘smatrt Tv stick’, called Chromecast.

At £30 on the high street or £25 online, the Chromecast is a bargain if you want to turn a regular telly into a smart one - that receives programmes from the internet as well as your aerial.

All you need is a spare HDMI socket on the back and broadband connection. There’s no remote control – you operate it using an Apple or Android phone or tablet.

The device, which looks like a USB stick, plugs into your TV’s HDMI socket.

It waits in the background to receive content from your phone or iPad, including “built-in” sources – YouTube, Netflix and the BBC iPlayer amongst them, or the internet at large.

Some sites are incompatible. It can’t yet stream movies from Amazon and elsewhere – all in stark contrast to the US, where many content suppliers are now on board. Biggest rival is Sky’s £10 Now TV box and Apple TV, at £99.