Chromecast launches in the UK — £33 direct from Google

Google’s Chromecast dongle has now arrived in the UK, with Google selling the HDMI media streamer direct via Google Play right now. The price is £30 or £33 once the surprisingly reasonable  for a change £3 shipping is added on, which isn’t too bad — although several men will be along shortly to leave comments saying they bought the US version for less two months ago.

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And there’s proof. Exciting if it fits your media consumption patterns, plus a custom iPlayer app is on there just for us.

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  1. GigerPunk

     /  March 19, 2014

    Damn. I’m quite tempted by that. But I have no idea why.

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  2. Ben Thorp

     /  March 19, 2014

    Bought mine first thing this morning. I’ve been waiting for the official UK release, not least because I suspected we wouldn’t see iPlayer support until it happened.

    Huzzah!

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    • mintvilla

       /  March 19, 2014

      Ben

      where did you buy yours from? PC world or have you just ordered one from Google?

      Reply
  3. Matt C

     /  March 19, 2014

    All 35 had sold out by 10:30 in local high street Currys (£30). Luckily, they had more coming in by the afternoon so the lady behind the counter gave me one of the ones already reserved for click and collect as there were 11 locked away there.

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    • Matt C

       /  March 20, 2014

      Impressed so far, setup was simple, still can’t quite work out how it discovered the device on my wireless and then passed the wifi password to it from the discovery app.

      iPlayer worked straight away, google music happily played tracks and showed album art. I couldn’t figure out how to display pictures though. I’d assumed the Gallery or Photo apps would have been updated to have the “cast” icon.

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      • Tinytom21

         /  March 21, 2014

        When you set it up it disables your wireless for a few seconds, so I reckon it uses WiFi direct to discover your chromecast and send it your local wireless info.

        I was pleased with how easy it was to set-up (bought it from PC World) and I love the fact that it can turn on my tv and start streaming with just a press from my phone as it controls the TV over HDMI CEC which is awesome. Netflix seems a bit buggy though…

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      • mintvilla

         /  March 23, 2014

        Matt

        You need to download the app, allcast to be able to stream pics & videos to chromecast… though yh i gather at some point in the future the gallery app will be updated to support casting, though most people dont have a nexus so the gallery depends on what phone you have, i doubt samsung will be updating their gallery app to include casting..

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        • Matt C

           /  March 24, 2014

          Thanks

          I downloaded Plex Media Server over the weekend and already have that working with the PS3 in the living room, was planning on buying the app for £3 so I can cast to the chromecast in the bedroom, but will look at Allcast before I do.

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  4. Rik Hemsley

     /  March 19, 2014

    Our new Sony telly is supposed to do this kind of stuff, but it fails miserably. Looking forward to seeing if Google’s device works as others say. Would promise to report back here, but I know I won’t.

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