Chromecast with Google TV

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  1. Oct 1, 2020 #1 of 294
    privateinfo

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    Looks like it is time to ditch the Tivo Stream 4k. Finally a solution that integrates YouTube TV.
     
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    rczrider

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    Yep, this has been discussed in several different threads (currently the one calling it by its codename of "Sabrina" is the most visited).

    Faster processor than the TS4K (third-gen S905D3 SoC with Cortex-A55 CPU vs second-gen S905Y2 SoC with Cortex-A53 CPU), has a Neural Network Accelerator (AI), and USB-C support for hubs out of the box. The current deal is $96-ish (after tax) and includes $77-ish in Netflix credit, so if you already use Netflix (or were going to start), it's effectively less than $20 for the new Chromecast with Google TV.

    Even if the TS4K weren't a pile of garbage in terms of software, there's virtually no reason to buy one over the Chromecast. There is a very small minority that finds the cluttered and poorly laid-out remote to be a positive in favor of the TS4K, but the overwhelming majority of folks don't care. IR on the TS4K remote is literally the only objective benefit to buying the TS4K, IMO, but given how buggy it is, it's definitely not worth $50.
     
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    Alex_7

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    I own both, I can say that the new chromecast is miles ahead than the TS4K..
    When I first bought the TS4K it was filled with bugs, made my experience a bad one.
    The new google tv device just works right out of the box, no issues so far.
     
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    rczrider

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    I'm going to quote myself to correct myself: according to the technical specs, the Chromecast remote has IR. So yeah, no reason whatsoever to purchase the TS4K over the new Chromecast.
     
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    Alex_7

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    There is a remote firmware update that enables IR support.
     
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    rczrider

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    Oh, hah, really? Well that's cool. I was under the impression the remote didn't have IR at all...but I hadn't looked into it much. I just saw the Chromecast / Netflix deal pop up on Slickdeals and decided I'd buy first and look into it later. It's going to be more than a week before mine ships (which is fine), but I figured I couldn't possibly be more unhappy with it for $20 than I was with the TS4K at $50.
     
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    Alex_7

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    I might just end up replacing all my firestick devices and TS4K with google tv chromecasts
     
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    NashGuy

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    I read elsewhere today that certain apps that are supposed to work with Google TV (i.e. that are included in its content recommendation system) aren't currently supporting the Continue Watching feature. I know you have HBO Max. If you go directly into the HBO Max app and start watching something there and then stop and exit out to the Google TV home screen, do you see that title added to your Continue Watching row? How about any other apps you might use like Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, Showtime, Starz, etc? (I know that this feature works with Netflix based on your earlier screenshot as well as confirmation I saw in another owner's report today.)
     
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    Alex_7

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    i tried it and it worked with HBO Max

    here’s the screenshot:

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    Alex_7

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    I will try other apps when I have time, I’ve been super busy lately :/
     
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    dmk1974

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    I have a few Roku 4K sticks in the house, but at the moment, no HBO Max on them. Is there anything that this new Chromecast/Android device does not support (like Apple TV+ or Disney or Xfinity Stream)?
     
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    Alex_7

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    Apple TV is not available

    EDIT:
    Google TV streaming services: The full list - 9to5Google
     
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    Google TV streaming services: The full list - 9to5Google
     
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    Thats what im doing, still using airtv sticks too. But Firetvs are going to be gone.
     
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    Alex_7

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    I will do further testing when I get the chance, So far HBO Max is compatible with the continue watching feature and voice commands. I will test prime video and netflix.
     
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    NashGuy

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    Thanks. Netflix and CBS All Access were confirmed by someone else to support Continue Watching, don't know about voice stuff. I don't think that Prime Video or Disney+ support. No idea yet about Hulu.
     
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    Alex_7

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    I just did multiple tests as follows:
    Prime Video: does not work with continue watching
    Netflix: does not work with continue watching
    Hulu: does not work with continue watching

    The only service that works for me is HBO MAX

    I hope they do add support in the future. I don’t really use continue watching since I like to sit through a whole movie instead of pausing and finishing it up later. I guess this would work best for me with tv shows.
     
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    NashGuy

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    Yeah, this is definitely an important feature for keeping track of where you are in TV series.

    Weird that you got that result in Netflix. The first day you had it you posted a pic and a Netflix series (Lucifer) was in the Continue Watching row. And more than one other person today has confirmed that Netflix works with Continue Watching.

    Bummer to hear that about Hulu. It and HBO Max are my two main subscription services. (Also get Showtime and Netflix occasionally.)

    I'm pretty sure it's just a matter of an Android TV app supporting a particular API so that the contents and status of the app's internal Continue Watching list gets passed through to Google TV. Hopefully the next round of Android TV updates from all the major services includes it. We'll see...
     
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    Alex_7

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    I never took that pic must have been this one I grabbed from Reddit and you’re right there is a Continue watching for Netflix!

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    maybe it only works with tv shows? I tried it with the movie Drive, paused it, exited Netflix and it didn’t pop up on continue watching. I wonder how this guy got Lucifer in his continue watching?

    Peacock isn’t currently supported in the google tv recommendations, but it was pictured in the google live stream event so maybe these services will eventually add the continue watching feature eventually I hope. The device did just release, so we will have to wait and see.
     
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