Google Chromecast Ultra £59 @ PC World and Argos
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Google Chromecast Ultra £59 @ PC World and Argos

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Found 30th Apr 2017
Cheapest I've seen it for a while.

Still £69 on Google's website.

4K, HDR etc.
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Why cold? Is there somewhere cheaper to get the Ultra??
nosamluap

Why cold? Is there somewhere cheaper to get the Ultra??



Probably not, but as a lot of set top boxes, games consoles and the UHD TVs themselves include most of the same functionality as smart features, these add on boxes are perhaps not as essential as they were. I guess the casting is quite unique but is it £60 worth of unique?

I used to have a CC1 and then CC2 and did genuinely like them but got increasingly frustrated with them as my phone would often lose the connection to the CC, which was frustrating as you would often have to quit out of the application you are using and sometimes even completely reboot the CC for them to 'see' each other again.

I ended up with the 4K fire TV box, which is a much more conventional set up with a remote but I prefer it overall. If the CC had a better more bullet proof connection to the smart phone (or even reconnected automatically after connection drops) it would be fantastic....
Edited by: "ST3123" 30th Apr 2017
I've noticed connection drops but I'm using 4g Internet is this the same for broadband
I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What would be the cheapest way? Thanks
Jonnyblock

I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What … I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What would be the cheapest way? Thanks


this?
Jonnyblock

I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What … I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What would be the cheapest way? Thanks


HDMI Cable for £1 from poundland and your existing laptop if it has a HDMI out port?
wakkaday

I've noticed connection drops but I'm using 4g Internet is this the same … I've noticed connection drops but I'm using 4g Internet is this the same for broadband



I think the issue with mine was that the chromecast itself had good wifi but my phone was only getting a marginal wifi signal and kept switching to the data/3g connection, which I suspect broke the connection between the two but still one would think the chromecast could handle the changing of networks like this since it is something smartphones do as their default behaviour to maintain a usable connection...
Jonnyblock

I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What … I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What would be the cheapest way? Thanks



You probably don't need anything assuming it has smart features? I went 4K last year and found the BY FAR the best option for tonnes of great 4K content very cheap is a Netflix sub. Most TVs have the app built right in so provided your internet is up to scratch (ideally over 20mb) you should be all set.

If you don't have a smart tv then there is this or the Amazon Fire TV box (not the stick that's only 1080P) has been around about two years now so if you shop carefully it can be found cheap (e.g. second hand on eBay). I managed to get one for just over £40 on eBay. It was missing the remote but I just used the one from my fire tv stick (fully compatible) and it works perfectly....
bouncy99

this?



​or a fire tv box
Edited by: "jameshothothot" 30th Apr 2017
ST3123

You probably don't need anything assuming it has smart features? I went … You probably don't need anything assuming it has smart features? I went 4K last year and found the BY FAR the best option for tonnes of great 4K content very cheap is a Netflix sub. Most TVs have the app built right in so provided your internet is up to scratch (ideally over 20mb) you should be all set. If you don't have a smart tv then there is this or the Amazon Fire TV box (not the stick that's only 1080P) has been around about two years now so if you shop carefully it can be found cheap (e.g. second hand on eBay). I managed to get one for just over £40 on eBay. It was missing the remote but I just used the one from my fire tv stick (fully compatible) and it works perfectly....



It has the Netflix app but I thought only a few smart tvs support 4k Netflix with their inbuilt app?
bouncy99

this?



This what?
Jonnyblock

This what?



Is a lack of context post
Jonnyblock

It has the Netflix app but I thought only a few smart tvs support 4k … It has the Netflix app but I thought only a few smart tvs support 4k Netflix with their inbuilt app?



It's possible some don't, but I thought that if the app was there it would support the full 4K resolution of the screen, otherwise kind of pointless having it really. My 4K TV is only a cheap Digihome (great for the price though) and that seems to play Netflix fine at 4K via it's built in app, I can tell it's actually playing at 4K as the TV remote has an info button, which displays source resolution and you can see it change down if there is network traffic and then back up as it builds a buffer.

I'd say try the TV app first with Netflix, if it doesn't work at 4K, worst case is you have lost a months Netflix sub, though you could probably get a free trial anyway...
I could be wrong, but I don't think you can get Amazon 4K with this. I think that the Fire TV and Roku have the fullest range of service support.
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bytemaster

I could be wrong, but I don't think you can get Amazon 4K with this. I … I could be wrong, but I don't think you can get Amazon 4K with this. I think that the Fire TV and Roku have the fullest range of service support.



Roku does not have anything 4k yet. This is 4k with hdmi 2.0 connection. ​
CDR

HDMI Cable for £1 from poundland and your existing laptop if it has a … HDMI Cable for £1 from poundland and your existing laptop if it has a HDMI out port?


assuming his onboard graphics can output 3840 × 2160 (4K)
Jonnyblock

This what?


I meant this as in the post. How about the latest nvidia shield?
ST3123

It's possible some don't, but I thought that if the app was there it … It's possible some don't, but I thought that if the app was there it would support the full 4K resolution of the screen, otherwise kind of pointless having it really. My 4K TV is only a cheap Digihome (great for the price though) and that seems to play Netflix fine at 4K via it's built in app, I can tell it's actually playing at 4K as the TV remote has an info button, which displays source resolution and you can see it change down if there is network traffic and then back up as it builds a buffer. I'd say try the TV app first with Netflix, if it doesn't work at 4K, worst case is you have lost a months Netflix sub, though you could probably get a free trial anyway...



If you can't tell it's 4K just by looking at it, it's probably not 4K
ST3123

You probably don't need anything assuming it has smart features? I went … You probably don't need anything assuming it has smart features? I went 4K last year and found the BY FAR the best option for tonnes of great 4K content very cheap is a Netflix sub. Most TVs have the app built right in so provided your internet is up to scratch (ideally over 20mb) you should be all set. If you don't have a smart tv then there is this or the Amazon Fire TV box (not the stick that's only 1080P) has been around about two years now so if you shop carefully it can be found cheap (e.g. second hand on eBay). I managed to get one for just over £40 on eBay. It was missing the remote but I just used the one from my fire tv stick (fully compatible) and it works perfectly....



devices.netflix.com/en/…17/
bouncy99

assuming his onboard graphics can output 3840 × 2160 (4K)



Can most laptops do this?
solid

If you can't tell it's 4K just by looking at it, it's probably not 4K



The difference between 1080P and 4K is there but can be very subtle indeed and only certain types of shots e.g. ones with detail in the distance for 4K to expose, really benefit a lot. Some scenes or whole shows are filmed with a kind of lofi look that 4K only helps slightly with e.g. some shows/films have a lot of filmic grain, which ultimately limits the amount of visible detail in a scene and hence the benefit of that 4K resolution.

Don't get me wrong I love 4K and it is innevitably the way of the future but I went into it accepting it wouldn't be like SD to HD again and as good as 4K is it isn't anything like as dramatic as SD to HD IMHO.....
Jonnyblock

Can most laptops do this?



modern ones, probably though may be limited to 30hz on basic integrated graphics. Also the laptop would have to have HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, which only modern ones will have. Plus I believe any browser players are limited to 1080P so you need to be using the app, which means Windows 8.1 or above.

TBH using a computer for 4K viewing isn't a good option IMHO as there are so many little caveats and conditions to getting the full 4K output (thanks HDCP and big fat movie companies) and then the noise of fans whizzing away in the background, finding a comfortable way to control it from the couch that you might as well just buy a little box optimised for the purpose like the CC or Fire TV or even a games console (if you are interested in games too).
Jonnyblock

I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What … I have a cheapo 4k Finlux TV but I've yet to experience 4k on it. What would be the cheapest way? Thanks


Use your neighbours electricity.
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