Chromecast Ultra (HDR and 4K TV) £54 Argos
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Chromecast Ultra (HDR and 4K TV) £54 Argos

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Found 23rd Aug
The Ultra version of the Chromecast brings a simple to use 4K & HDR source to your 4K HDR telly. The most important aspect is that it's a device in active development which might not be true of the 'smart TV' apps built into your telly which versions of Netflix, iPlayer etc may be languishing behind.

Looks like Argos are price matching Currys PC World who dropped their price overnight. Seems to be a lot more stock around.

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Active development? Isn't that called a beta version?
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Nice, I will have a friend grab me one with his staff discount

Could be useful, however I didn't see latest 4K telly without smart thing...

Ive got 4k and its got a miracast thing...not sure how much i nees this in my life lol
darecy25 m ago

Could be useful, however I didn't see latest 4K telly without smart …Could be useful, however I didn't see latest 4K telly without smart thing...


Yeh they should all have miracast as a feature already which makes me wonder why anyone would need this for their 4k telly...

I find some apps don't play well with casting to my ks7000 and in the past had to find other work arounds. Casting chrome tabs from a pc for example doesn't work.

Note this device doesn't support DTS otherwise I would've ordered one.

mfraser3 h, 34 m ago

Note this device doesn't support DTS otherwise I would've ordered one.


Not even bitstreamed?

Supports Atmos and Dolby Vision, You might find your TV doesn't support Atmos over ARC, one of these plugged into your AV receiver will playback the above wonderfully.

mfraser23rd Aug

Note this device doesn't support DTS otherwise I would've ordered one.




God, really. Shame.

Active development? Isn't that called a beta version?

Good price but aren't all 4 k TVs smart TVs?

Mary_Mary23rd Aug

Ive got 4k and its got a miracast thing...not sure how much i nees this in …Ive got 4k and its got a miracast thing...not sure how much i nees this in my life lol Yeh they should all have miracast as a feature already which makes me wonder why anyone would need this for their 4k telly...


With Chromecast you can play anything with the option to still use your phone. So for example you can play a movie in your gallery and still use Whats app without interrupting your movie. With Mirroring whatever you do, it will come on your TV, so with the same scenario, your movie will be interrupted .

alltaken12323rd Aug

Supports Atmos and Dolby Vision, You might find your TV doesn't support …Supports Atmos and Dolby Vision, You might find your TV doesn't support Atmos over ARC, one of these plugged into your AV receiver will playback the above wonderfully.


Depends on the source, won't do any of that from Plex.

Bigfootpete56 m ago

Active development? Isn't that called a beta version?


No, that would be called Beta or Prerelease.

This is a current platform which the apps are being "actively" developed and updated for with bugs and new features added...unlike many TV's which the manufacturer controls the delivery of the app and will drop support for older model TVs.

moh4mm3d46 m ago

With Chromecast you can play anything with the option to still use your …With Chromecast you can play anything with the option to still use your phone. So for example you can play a movie in your gallery and still use Whats app without interrupting your movie. With Mirroring whatever you do, it will come on your TV, so with the same scenario, your movie will be interrupted .


I've got chromecast on my bedroom so with apps it works fine and can still use my phone (which to be fair most 4k tvs have the apps preinstalled) I think it's pointless if you've got a 4K tv but then I have 2 chromecast for upstairs TVs

ro53ben46 m ago

Depends on the source, won't do any of that from Plex.


Plex will drag its heals and catch up eventually.

Mary_Mary23rd Aug

Ive got 4k and its got a miracast thing...not sure how much i nees this in …Ive got 4k and its got a miracast thing...not sure how much i nees this in my life lol Yeh they should all have miracast as a feature already which makes me wonder why anyone would need this for their 4k telly...

Miracast replicates what's on your phone, which means your battery will be rinsed over time, whereas Chromecast links to your account and then just picks up and plays videos, films, music etc, letting your phone just be a phone. That's my experience with these.
Must admit the Chromecast has its issues though. I've never maintained a stable connection with it and had the first two devices on three separate WiFi boxes. Just don't think they're reliable.

The only thing you can stream is Netflix UHD content. Content on Google Play isn't even offered in UHD anywhere but the US right now. Pointless. I have an Android TV and very frustrated I can't buy UHD movies. Google sucks at releasing products and services to multiple countries.

mean19791 h, 4 m ago

Miracast replicates what's on your phone, which means your battery will be …Miracast replicates what's on your phone, which means your battery will be rinsed over time, whereas Chromecast links to your account and then just picks up and plays videos, films, music etc, letting your phone just be a phone. That's my experience with these.Must admit the Chromecast has its issues though. I've never maintained a stable connection with it and had the first two devices on three separate WiFi boxes. Just don't think they're reliable.




If you enjoy using the chromecast it's well worth the £10-£15 cost of buying an Ethernet USB power adaptor. Chromecast Ultra course comes with one already. I find powerline networking ideal for streaming content via ethernet to my chromecast devices.

The fact that these devices are tucked away with such small antennas makes 4K streaming difficult in most situations.
Edited by: "alltaken123" 30th Aug

Mary_Mary1 h, 33 m ago

I've got chromecast on my bedroom so with apps it works fine and can still …I've got chromecast on my bedroom so with apps it works fine and can still use my phone (which to be fair most 4k tvs have the apps preinstalled) I think it's pointless if you've got a 4K tv but then I have 2 chromecast for upstairs TVs


True, if you're using the same apps as your TV then its no point. However, its easy to navigate with a phone (now I'm just being picky). Its only beneficial if you want to use apps that your TV doesn't have such as Showbox. Love that app!

hismum23rd Aug

Nice, I will have a friend grab me one with his staff discount


Me too but my friend might get a little bit more discount than your friend...

one2omg30th Aug

Me too but my friend might get a little bit more discount than your …Me too but my friend might get a little bit more discount than your friend...

How much is staff discount in Argos ? I need to find a Argos friend as well.

Voted hot. Hope they don't sell the old model anymore. Get sick of old model posted here and voted hot when it gives so poor quality picture.

monkey199930th Aug

Good price but aren't all 4 k TVs smart TVs?


This is far better than the insecure crap you might find inside your TV.

hismum23rd Aug

Nice, I will have a friend grab me one with his staff discount

Get one for me with staff discount!

commenter148 h, 46 m ago

This is far better than the insecure crap you might find inside your TV.

Android chromecast more secure ? Is that a wind up

monkey19991 h, 3 m ago

Android chromecast more secure ? Is that a wind up


Would like to hear your side of that really monkey

josh97123 m ago

Would like to hear your side of that really monkey

Android is open platform and the most unsafe os system out there don't get me wrong great for those apps like showbox etc

monkey19993 h, 25 m ago

Android is open platform and the most unsafe os system out there don't get …Android is open platform and the most unsafe os system out there don't get me wrong great for those apps like showbox etc


You're impressively far off base here. Android is developed by Google engineers, updated regularly, and offers sizeable bug bounties. Apps can only be released to the public if they pass stringent security checks.

Alternately, smart TV software is developed by cheap contractors, security is rarely even considered, and updates seldom extend beyond a couple of years.

Also, when you write "os system", you're effectively writing "operating system system".

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commenter1411 h, 40 m ago

You're impressively far off base here. Android is developed by Google …You're impressively far off base here. Android is developed by Google engineers, updated regularly, and offers sizeable bug bounties. Apps can only be released to the public if they pass stringent security checks.Alternately, smart TV software is developed by cheap contractors, security is rarely even considered, and updates seldom extend beyond a couple of years.".



This is why I bought the Ultra. My Panasonic TV apps were from 2011 (they may have had streamed updates) but nothing new has been added for years, there are a handful dev resources in the store and it's for AJAX libs that are donkey's years out of date. Chromecast Ultra still has an active development team.

I really want to get one of these and love them, but the lack of Plex support for direct playing HEVC/h.265 files make it a non-starter for me. I may as well continue to use the built-in apps.

Love the simplicity of the Chromecast, but I just can't justify it when it doesn't do 'everything'.

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commenter1417 h, 32 m ago

You're impressively far off base here. Android is developed by Google …You're impressively far off base here. Android is developed by Google engineers, updated regularly, and offers sizeable bug bounties. Apps can only be released to the public if they pass stringent security checks.Alternately, smart TV software is developed by cheap contractors, security is rarely even considered, and updates seldom extend beyond a couple of years.Also, when you write "os system", you're effectively writing "operating system system".

U obviously have a point about smart TVs after reading comments but google owned android isn't safe and for smart TV to be worse is shocking news

monkey19995 h, 39 m ago

U obviously have a point about smart TVs after reading comments but google …U obviously have a point about smart TVs after reading comments but google owned android isn't safe and for smart TV to be worse is shocking news


I don't know how I can convince you more about Android's safety... For one thing, it's open source, which means anyone can view its source code and suggest changes. Open sourcing software is a proven method of reducing security risks, as far more people can look at the code and spot them.

How about this: every major bank has an Android app. That means that every major bank's security department has thoroughly researched Android and come to the conclusion that it's safe for use in financial transactions. This will not be a short or easy process. It'll have been pored over with a fine-toothed comb, poked from every direction and analysed six ways until Christmas.

As for smart TVs...

pcworld.com/art…tml
forbes.com/sit…ty/
securityaffairs.co/wor…tml
bleepingcomputer.com/new…re/
nbcnews.com/bus…611

I've worked in cyber security for over half a decade, and my "smart" TV hasn't been connected to my home network since I bought it.
Edited by: "commenter14" 6th Sep

joedredd30th Aug

No, that would be called Beta or Prerelease.This is a current platform …No, that would be called Beta or Prerelease.This is a current platform which the apps are being "actively" developed and updated for with bugs and new features added...unlike many TV's which the manufacturer controls the delivery of the app and will drop support for older model TVs.


This should be the top comment, not the ridiculous fake info that's currently the top comment. HUKD is maybe the only place on the Internet that is so pro-smart TV. It's kind of weird, right? This thread alone has comments saying that Android is insecure, smart TVs are secure, Chromecast is a beta product... And they all have upvotes.

It's almost as if TV manufacturers want people to spend extra on their smart TVs, and are actively campaigning here to ensure that people don't realise how much better (and longer-lasting) Chromecast + a cheap dumb TV is.

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uk_lawyer6th Sep

I really want to get one of these and love them, but the lack of Plex …I really want to get one of these and love them, but the lack of Plex support for direct playing HEVC/h.265 files make it a non-starter for me. I may as well continue to use the built-in apps. Love the simplicity of the Chromecast, but I just can't justify it when it doesn't do 'everything'.


The Chromecast Ultra does play HECV/h.265, you've just got to find a way to convince the Plex server it can. Seems that people have achieved it after a lot of experimentation with profiles etc..

forums.plex.tv/dis…14/

Lots of people have moved to Emby as a server because of similar frustrations with Plex.

evilhomeruk8th Sep

The Chromecast Ultra does play HECV/h.265, you've just got to find a way …The Chromecast Ultra does play HECV/h.265, you've just got to find a way to convince the Plex server it can. Seems that people have achieved it after a lot of experimentation with profiles etc.. https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1504114/#Comment_1504114Lots of people have moved to Emby as a server because of similar frustrations with Plex.


I did look into this, but I'd prefer to not have to mess around with profiles, etc. It should just work out of the box as the codecs are there for use with Netflix.

Guess this is a frustration more with Plex that the Chromecast itself. I gave Emby a go a year or so ago but didn't like it as much as Plex. Perhaps I'll give it another shot!
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