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My TV has two HDMI ports, but one of them died right after the warranty expired. So I'm faced with getting an HDMI switch to support the cable input AND a Chromecast. I want to buy a switch which does not require separate power. (Fosmon HD1831 3-Port HDMI Switch with Pigtail Cable) Will the Chromecast have sufficient power to drive the HDMI switch, which gets its power from the attached source devices.
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Joyce Adams-Cole's profile photoGeorge Savery's profile photo
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No problems provided you havr c the usb plugged in too.. hdmi voltage requirement is the same as usb i.e 5v
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I just got my chromecast and immediately set it up.. for a first test I plugged the device carelessly, did the software setup and checked that it works fine.. then unplugged both cables (power and HDMI) in order to organise and plug them tidily; fortunately (i think) my tv has the HDMI ports flush enough that the chromecast can be (re)attached to the magnet that the HDMI plug has, almost exactly as it came in the box.. the result is a tight and tidy setup with no loose cables and especially no loose chromecasts (which is convenient for us because the tv allows for a little spin to the sides in order to watch from the dining room or from the elliptical trainer) but I'm a bit concerned about the possibility that the magnet on the HDMI plug could cause some interference while casting, since its intended purpose is for convenient storage and carrying the device.. does anyone know if it's okay to leave it like this? or should I dettach it?
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Johnnie Hougaard Nielsen's profile photoGeorge Savery's profile photo
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My tv was less impressed when i wired my lego motor directly to the two live poles of the tv power plug and plugged it in the wall.. in my 12yo brain it was going to make my lego car faster.... which it did briefly. . Tv blew a fuse though when the little engine fused... it was spectacular. Parents were none to impressed too. Haha fun times..


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David Hughes

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How do I cast a Google+ feed or collection to Chromecast? It was supposedly introduced as a feature in 2014, but now no longer available???
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David Hughes's profile photoMac Notts's profile photo
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if you use Google + in a chrome browser you can cast the tab from the browser.
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Michael Dopp

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Yet another company launching Google Cast enabled speakers. 
Altec Lansing's new speakers stream music over WiFi with Google Cast and Spotify Connect.
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kym bross

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Goodmorning
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Good afternoon.
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Nabi Syed

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Casting a downloaded video clip. Once i leave to another app, video continues to play but audio stops.. 
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I cast a video that is in my 'download' folder. 
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Michael Dopp

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Yes, I see that all the time. It is quite anoying. I am not really a fan of other android devices on my network to be able to pause my music (Looks at wife!!!).
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I keep on having problems between my Chromecast and Google photos. When I'm opening the app and press on the connect icon, the TV switch to the Chromecast but that's all. And my phone displays the message: casting ended.
Does anybody has an idea?
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Jane Vivian

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Stream MKV to Chromecast Ultra Successfully
Chromecast Ultra is the new a media streaming device Google has announced that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use your mobile device and the TV you already own to stream your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports, games and more. Chromecast Ultra supports to stream in up to 4K Ultra HD and HDR with stunning picture and lightning speed. But Chromecast Ultra doesn’t support any 4K video format. For example, Chromecast Ultra doesn’t support MKV. #mkv #chromecastultra
http://i-loveshare.com/stream-mkv-to-chromecast-ultra/
Chromecast Ultra doesn't support any 4K video format. For example, Chromecast Ultra doesn't support MKV. You need to convert MKV to MP4 for Chromecast Ultra.
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I use plex which converts... if the file is not one of the compatible formats. It will have to be converted. Mkv is a container a bit like a zip file so to play them you have to have a large memory to unpack it. Sadly the chromecast dies not have much memory.. 
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kevin cassell

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Hi, can anyone confirm a few questions about the chromecase ultra for me please?

1: does it cast in up to 4k on screenshare, obviously depending on the resolution of the phone screen.

2: does it cast 4k resolution photos to the TV so you get to appreciate them in all their glory?

thanks in advance for your answers.
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Sion Harman's profile photoPRASHANTA ROUT's profile photo
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Better yo use chromecast 1. CC2 has less memory with higher price. 
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How To Fix Chromecast Screen Mirror On Samsung Galaxy S7?
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First, why do you have an S7? Try Huawei Honor and you will never have any problems! It's a mix of android and IOS and work perfect everywhere! Had a numbers of Samsung's and will NEVER go back !
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Data usage with the Chromecast

I've noticed that my Chromecast draws about 25MB per hour on average. I disabled the Google Photos as well as News options so that nothing was selected. It still drew 25MB per hour through the night.

It's not a problem for me personally but this is the scenario I also bought one for, and which many others may find they want to use it for the same thing.

My mom is 80+ years old with a small data cap of 20GB per month. She can't afford more than that. The idea was that myself and my sister (living overseas) would post our photos to a shared Google album which she can view. I had set her Chromecast up to automatically switch one when she puts the TV on (connected to TV USB port) and all she has to do is switch between the HDMI inputs (believe me this is all she can manage with a struggle).

It appears from what I have read now that the Chromecast literally downloads every photo every time it displays it. So it works great, but it is sucking data and I don't want her to run out of data altogether as she needs it for WhatsApp and e-mail.

Questions are:
1. Is there no way for Chromecast to rather check hourly (or a period you want to set, say even 24 hours) to check if photos have changed? I realise this may not be possible if Chromecast stores nothing locally.
2. Worst case maybe I slow down the slide show speed on the Chromecast, maybe that will slow the photo loading down by half?

Bit ofa pity as I was really hoping this would replace getting a photo frame as the last iGala frame I bought is long ago no longer supported and it is not connecting to Google Photos. It used to cache its photos locally.
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+George Savery yep I wish Google had maybe given is a software option to set a frequency of refresh, but the issue maybe also be that the Chromecast does not have internal storage to cache downloaded photos. I suppose it is intended to be a streaming device.
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I bought a Google Chromecast - Very impressed
http://www.svartling.net/2016/12/i-bought-google-chromecast-very.html
I bought a Google Chromecast. Not the newest 4k version but the version before that. It’s for an older Sony HDTV that only supports 1080p anyways. It’s actually for my wife so that she can stream (Cast) from her iPhone to the...
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+George Savery yes works great together with Plex
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How to change the background photos(screensaver) on chromecast 2 from the 500px pics to my own. Please help.
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I have a little side project I'm about to start working on. It involves West LA Hollywood and a App that's all I can say. Send me your skype if you wanna play around with this and see where it goes. it wouldn't take much more than a week messing with it in your spare time Send skype I'd if you wanna play around with this
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I got a chromecast audio for Xmas (I already have 3 chromecast in various TVs, and am very much team Chrome/Android).

I often watch netflix on either my Nexus 5, iPad (work gave me one) or my chromebook. When I'm in the kitchen.

Can i stream the audio from netflix on my phone or ipad to the chromecast? I can on my chromebook, but can't work out how to from the other devices
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Thank you both, I'll have a play!
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WaysToWatchcom

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wow😮
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James Klaude

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I would love to use my Chromecast (Home) Backdrop on my 4K TV as a photoframe ( painting ) the pictures are so beautiful .... but i would like it to play a music at the same time. How can i do that ?? 
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Unfortunately none of the streaming services (that I'm aware of) allow third party access, so unless they make a slideshow+music app themselves (none have), it is impossible to do.

My workaround has been to use multiple devices. I have a Chromecast hooked up directly to my TV and another to my sound system's receiver. I let the Backdrop play on the TV Chromecast while sending the music separately to the receiver Chromecast. Until Google decides to do better, this is the best you can get.

You could also just use one Chromecast by mirroring your screen, but the picture quality would likely not be nearly as good.
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Bhavish Shah

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LG Unveils the Thunderbolt Display we're waiting for; along with something for those Google Fanboys http://buff.ly/2gMTcXH
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Interesting. Though technically it isn't the world's first monitor with Chromecast built in. Some of the Vizio television sold in the US with Chromecast built in had no television tuner if I recall correctly. So they called it a 'TV' but in reality it was/is a monitor. 
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