GOOGLE Chromecast 1st generation, half price £14.97 @ Currys
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GOOGLE Chromecast 1st generation, half price £14.97 @ Currys

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Found 17th May 2016
Stream media from your smartphone, tablet and computer to your HD TV with ease with Google Chromecast.
Half price @ £14.97 click and collect only i think.

Easy streaming

Whatever you love to browse, play and watch on your mobile device, you can enjoy it in Full HD on your TV with the Chromecast dongle.

Compatible with iOS, Android, Chrome for Windows, Chrome for Mac and Chrome OS, all you need is a WiFi connection and an HD TV to experience your favourite films, TV, music and more on the big screen.

Simple set up

Setting up is easy; simply plug the Chromecast dongle into an HDTV, connect it to a WiFi network and, if required, download the app to your device.

The list of cast-able apps is constantly increasing and includes popular media services such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube along with the ability to stream anything you're reading, playing or viewing on the Google Chrome web browser.

No remotes required

Controlling your media couldn't be easier and is managed entirely through your laptop, tablet or smartphone. With no additional remotes required and an already familiar interface, you'll be streaming and exploring high definition streamed media in minutes.
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I had one, worked fine and never have us any grief. Be aware, though that got can't use Amazon Prime through it as Amazon have blocked them. Many shows on All4 and suchlike also won't cast due to licencing restrictions. " Usually the most popular ones. You can plug your laptop into the telly and watch it that way but you're not allowed to stream the same show to the same screen. Lawyers doing their best to inhibit the spread of technology. (_;)
Oh, not sure if this can really claim to be half price. It was £30 new, is likely to be two generations behind reasonably soon, and the current generation is £30.
can you cast Kodi using this??
targaid

Oh, not sure if this can really claim to be half price. It was £30 new, … Oh, not sure if this can really claim to be half price. It was £30 new, is likely to be two generations behind reasonably soon, and the current generation is £30.


Can you find it cheaper and does it still do most of what the newest model can? No and Yes would be my guess.
I have the first gen chromecast and haven't yet seen a reason to upgrade. Although I've since bought a fire stick, kodi box and a remix mini this is still an awesome bit of kit and a steal at fifteen quid.
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DazLFC

can you cast Kodi using this??


You should be able to cast from a compatible phone or tablet, not sure about from a laptop.
Not sure this is a great deal as you can get 2nd gen for £23 from wuaki.tv. I've not upgraded yet but I struggle with WiFi signal on my 1st gen so am going to upgrade soon for the 5ghz WiFi.
.97 usually means clearance, and its not listed as available for delivery so its going to be whatever stock will be left in any given store.

Knowing PCW stock control is not always 100% accurate, what the system says they have in store may or may not be right depending if they can find them on the rather jumbled to me shop floor.
DazLFC

can you cast Kodi using this??


Yes you can, mobile / tablet and laptop. Mobile and tablet will just cast the stream where the laptop will screen cast. You will also need to install local cast and a file needs adding to a folder using ES file explorer.
u cannot use kodi other than to cast.. It will not work like firetv or any other box.. Its like you are connecting to HDMI cable wirelessly. If ur pc or phone runs a movie , its like showing same movie on tv by casting it. In other boxes you can install apps and its stand alone
Edited by: "cochin007" 18th May 2016
targaid

I had one, worked fine and never have us any grief. Be aware, though … I had one, worked fine and never have us any grief. Be aware, though that got can't use Amazon Prime through it as Amazon have blocked them. Many shows on All4 and suchlike also won't cast due to licencing restrictions. " Usually the most popular ones. You can plug your laptop into the telly and watch it that way but you're not allowed to stream the same show to the same screen. Lawyers doing their best to inhibit the spread of technology. (_;)



You can use the Cast Screen function to show whatever is playing on your tablet/phone. Works fine on my 4.4 tablet and chromecast 1. Not perfect quality, but as good as digital SD even with my ancient router.

Edited by: "HedgyHoggy" 18th May 2016
Sorry for my ignorance, but which is better between this and a Fire stick just for using Kodi nothing else.
Thanks
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sleepymouse

Sorry for my ignorance, but which is better between this and a Fire stick … Sorry for my ignorance, but which is better between this and a Fire stick just for using Kodi nothing else.Thanks


The Firestick is way better for Kodi because you can install it directly to the stick but you can't install it directly on the Chromecast.
Kodi and Fire stick is a different solution, Plex and Chromecast or any other app you cast the screen is a good solution. Kodi is good but isn't the only media player / sharing platform.
Why would you buy old model when the new one sells for similar price ? Also no 4k on this one.
sam_of_london

Why would you buy old model when the new one sells for similar price ? … Why would you buy old model when the new one sells for similar price ? Also no 4k on this one.



Whilst I kinda agree with you, the newer one is not really a similar price is it? Cheapest the v2 normally sells for is £22-ish from Wuaki, and that's 50% more than this deal for very similar kit.
sam_of_london

Why would you buy old model when the new one sells for similar price ? … Why would you buy old model when the new one sells for similar price ? Also no 4k on this one.



Chromecast model 2 is £30.

To get 4k you need to spend approx £80, as a entry point this is good value for media playback.
Neither Chromecast does 4k, nor Firestick, Fire TV with 4k costs £79.99 so
Guys.. getting way techie now, was originally a simple observation, now is mine is bigger than yours war... anyway, my situation as a non-geek.. have ipad & iphone and want to stream stuff to tv.. not games or HBO etc, just stream from net, have nice Samsung 42", about 6 yrs old so not sure if has usb ports.. but believe some fit to hdmi port.. simple advice please ;-)
Edited by: "geoff5732" 18th May 2016
geoff5732

Guys.. getting way techie now, was originally a simple observation, now … Guys.. getting way techie now, was originally a simple observation, now is mine is bigger than yours war... anyway, my situation as a non-geek.. have ipad & iphone and want to stream stuff to tv.. not games or HBO etc, just stream from net, have nice Samsung 42", about 6 yrs old so not sure if has usb ports.. but believe some fit to hdmi port.. simple advice please ;-)


depends what you are streaming and from where. If its videos ON the iphone/ipad I don't think you can connect to a chromecast, you need a recent (and semi-decent spec) android device for that. SOME apps on iOS will stream to chromecast... Netflix, BT Sport, All4 etc. but not all. You can't AIRPLAY to a chromecast. You can airplay to an apple tv or a fireTV stick (after installing free app).
s24adm

depends what you are streaming and from where. If its videos ON the … depends what you are streaming and from where. If its videos ON the iphone/ipad I don't think you can connect to a chromecast, you need a recent (and semi-decent spec) android device for that. SOME apps on iOS will stream to chromecast... Netflix, BT Sport, All4 etc. but not all. You can't AIRPLAY to a chromecast. You can airplay to an apple tv or a fireTV stick (after installing free app).


edit* - I've not tried it but the chromecast ios app may let you cast but don't hold me to that. I'd recommend a FireTV Stick personally, it can receive casts/streams AND has access to entire android app library to run things natively with a remote.
Ive just done review/compare of chrome/fire/roku.. seems fire is the winner.. id be streaming stuff from web.. did it using airplay through my ipad to apple tv box at friends, hence i want my own.. thanks for advice ;-)
Edited by: "geoff5732" 18th May 2016
I've never really understood if Chromecast does anything different what my xbox does. If it can mirror what's on my actual phone screen all the time then that would be amazing but if it's just stuff like Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer then I can cast to my TV through the xbox anyway (or just use the xbox itself). Does it do anything else?
Edited by: "Hopps" 18th May 2016
Not sure it's a great deal really. There were lots of deals for v1s around £20 when they were current gen (I bought it 2 years ago for £24 + £5 credit) and as mentioned above, it is likely to be 2 gens behind soon. You really do need a strong wifi signal (not more than 1 wall in between) for it to work well.

The other consideration is how useful these are. If you have subs to things like netflix, nowtv, BT sport etc then yes you can take advantage of what it offers. I'm a bit disappointed that we haven't seen that much development in terms of features or what it can do. You still need add-on apps or casting your screen (if supported by your phone) if you want to cast local media.

If you are already a chromecast user and just want a spare for a bedroom, etc then yes this would be useful but if you haven't already got one I'd recommend waiting a couple of months to see what features will be available in gen3 before deciding how to go (and gen 2 will be around this price by then anyway)
Please be warned that this doesn't work well at all with the Virgin media 'super hubs'. I had to buy the new chromecast which also supports 5Ghz and that works perfectly!
DazLFC

can you cast Kodi using this??



​no
Hopps

I've never really understood if Chromecast does anything different what … I've never really understood if Chromecast does anything different what my xbox does. If it can mirror what's on my actual phone screen all the time then that would be amazing but if it's just stuff like Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer then I can cast to my TV through the xbox anyway (or just use the xbox itself). Does it do anything else?



They provide a mobile client to allow casting from phones (as well as support within individual apps e.g. youtube or podcast apps). Also there's support for casting from chrome.


hu5sain

Please be warned that this doesn't work well at all with the Virgin media … Please be warned that this doesn't work well at all with the Virgin media 'super hubs'. I had to buy the new chromecast which also supports 5Ghz and that works perfectly!



Yeah you might get issues, unfortunately it's more an issue with the super hubs than the chrome cast. Mine was so bad I just bought a decent dedicated router and turned the hub to just a router. Been pretty great since then.
not absorbing in store falkirk, can't home deliver. not available in stores anywhere close to make the fuel costs keep it a deal.

appears to be selected Currys only.
Currys should be ashamed of themselves for putting these on the shelves for 15 quid. (_;) A tenner MAX! Beedy grastards.
available around this price when new.
I purchased the 1st gen one via HUKD and it works a treat, excellent for iplayer, 4OD and sites where movies/tc series can be streamed for free 8). Paid £20 for the dongle, + £15 GP credit and 3 months now tv trial, that was a better deal in my eyes.
They should be rootable depending on firmware. So great option for those on BT HH5 or other routers with DNS servers baked in.
None available near Manchester
No it is not. You can buy much cheaper from computer exchange and wuaki and others. I bought for £20 from John Lewis and got £20 Google credit with it. Anyway I gave up on it as it does not have ethernet lan port and picture quality is very poor compared to Amazon TV box and nvidia tv box. I would not recommend anyone to buy Google Chrome cast or Amazon fire stick as they degrade picture quality due to hardware limitations. Basically you pay for cheaper price in picture quality.
targaid

I had one, worked fine and never have us any grief. Be aware, though … I had one, worked fine and never have us any grief. Be aware, though that got can't use Amazon Prime through it as Amazon have blocked them. Many shows on All4 and suchlike also won't cast due to licencing restrictions. " Usually the most popular ones. You can plug your laptop into the telly and watch it that way but you're not allowed to stream the same show to the same screen. Lawyers doing their best to inhibit the spread of technology. (_;)



All4 has been castable for a month or more now.
Oneday77

Can you find it cheaper and does it still do most of what the newest … Can you find it cheaper and does it still do most of what the newest model can? No and Yes would be my guess.



I think his point is that lots of places sold them for around £18-£22 for a while, long before the V2 came out. I got mine from Currys last year for £18.
DazLFC

can you cast Kodi using this??



If your phone is capable of screen casting then you can cast anything at all, basically whatever is on the screen is cast. If your phone can't do that then no.
sam_of_london

No it is not. You can buy much cheaper from computer exchange and wuaki … No it is not. You can buy much cheaper from computer exchange and wuaki and others. I bought for £20 from John Lewis and got £20 Google credit with it. Anyway I gave up on it as it does not have ethernet lan port and picture quality is very poor compared to Amazon TV box and nvidia tv box. I would not recommend anyone to buy Google Chrome cast or Amazon fire stick as they degrade picture quality due to hardware limitations. Basically you pay for cheaper price in picture quality.



You can buy an official Ethernet adapter for it and picture quality will vary depending on your source and bandwidth more than anything.
Hopps

I've never really understood if Chromecast does anything different what … I've never really understood if Chromecast does anything different what my xbox does. If it can mirror what's on my actual phone screen all the time then that would be amazing but if it's just stuff like Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer then I can cast to my TV through the xbox anyway (or just use the xbox itself). Does it do anything else?



Its not mirroring though it can do that, its casting.... so you can turn your phone off and e.g iPlayer will carry on playing (so your not using your battery).
NX3

You can buy an official Ethernet adapter for it and picture quality will … You can buy an official Ethernet adapter for it and picture quality will vary depending on your source and bandwidth more than anything.



​Even if you can have slow lan port through USB 2.0, you cannot upgrade ram memory or the processor. So these sticks can never be as compared to new TV boxes with more ram, better processor, 4k, usb 3 & gigabit ethernet. I would not even buy one now if i get it for cheap.
excuse my ignorance, but must I be connected to the Internet to stream from my phone, or can I just link to a wifi router and stream through that?
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