Originally Posted by jameskatt2
Why waste $35 on the Chromecast when you can get the Roku LT for only $15 more?
The Roku LT does much much more than Chromecast.
You don't need additional hardware to use the Roku. You don't need to have a smartphone to use the Roku. You don't need to whip out your smartphone every time you want to watch TV on the Roku.
After a while, having to find and whip out your smart phone just to watch TV will become a pain on Chromecast.
Because it's $15 more. For the price of two Roku LT or one Apple TV, somebody could buy 3 Chromecasts for every TV in the house. If all they do is watch Youtube and Netflix, that's a very economical solution.
I remember a time when Apple fans used to argue that leaving out some functionality to make a device simple and easy to use was a virtue. This is exactly like that. There's been lots of different devices that do what this does. None have been as cheap or as easy to setup and use and as compatible with all your different devices. That's the point.
People are overthinking this. It's not going to replace TV yet. It's not even really competing with Apple TV (where the topline sales feature is Airplay). But it might do damage to the likes of Roku, where I suspect there's lots of people who pick them up just to watch Netflix, Youtube, etc.
Originally Posted by PatchyThePirate
This is just as ridiculous as the nexus q! ..only masked by the cheap price (relative to the q, that is). But it's ok, it doesn't mean that google makes crappy products; they're "experimenters," which means they can put out poorly thought out and poorly implemented products, one after another, because they are 'learning experiences.' But after so many failed experiments, it appears that googlers are pretty slow learners.
What some consider a vice, others consider a virtue. A great thing about Google is that they experiment and they aren't afraid to kill experiments that fail. Better than being some staid corporation (say like MS) that's afraid to take any risks. As for whether this will succeed? At this price point, I really can't see it failing....
Originally Posted by mrrodriguez
They interviewed a guy that develops the songza app, and he said it something that I think is the reason this dongle is amazing. He said Google just gave app developers access to the consumers living room.
Developers don't have to waste time developing for Roku or Google TV or Apple TV. They can just add lines of code to their app, and the app instantly has access to the TV.
I'm sure in the near future, most music apps will add Chromecast support, most video apps. I won't be surprised if Dropbox, Google Drive, and maybe Skydive start implementing Google Cast support.
So to everyone saying "just get A Roku". Right now Roku has more apps, but it won't in a year.
Exactly. That SDK is huge. Basically, in due course virtually every major media app on Android and iOS will support Chromecast. And at this price point, I could see this thing becoming quite popular.
Worst case scenario? Bit of competition forces Apple to innovate on Apple TV and cut the price....