Chromecast with Google TV

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  1. mrizzo80

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    Looks like it’s a pro feature. I almost never buy apps, but I don’t mind sending the dev team $5 for Button Mapper.
     
  2. mrizzo80

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    Evidently it still lets you customize the back button via the “add button” functionality. But doing a long press override to “last app” doesn’t work as intended. Or maybe it’s not really executing the override because it’s a pro feature. If anyone gets it working, please share.
     
  3. Alex_7

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    Try setting a double tap instead of long press command
     
  4. AussieFigjam

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    Yeah, I had the same issue with the Netflix button, long press would override back to Netflix on release. I used double tap instead.
     
  5. AussieFigjam

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    You should be able to buy it on your phone using your fingerprint as authentication and then just install or update on ATV under the same account
     
  6. Alex_7

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  7. AussieFigjam

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    2 issues I have spotted with Button Mapper on the Chromecast:

    1) long press also seems to have a trigger on button release on this platform which is not taken account of in Button Mapper, which means you can't remap any buttons with long press. What seems to happen is that it launches the remapped app, but when you release the button, it switches back to its original definition. I only tried this with the Netflix button, but anecdotal posts seem to indicate it happens with other buttons.

    2) You cannot remap the YouTube button. Either double press or long press on this button just brings up the Google menu asking which YouTube app you would like to map this button to, remapping either of these actions has no effect. I assume this is because Google already remapped it by default. I have not tried remapping single press, but I suspect it doesn't work either.

    having said that, these are no showstoppers, and this is a great app for ATV remotes, thanks @Alex_7.
     
  8. Alex_7

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    No problem, it does work better with the tivo stream
     
  9. Nov 2, 2020 #369 of 548
    blackngold75

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    I received notice that my order has shipped. I should have it by the end of the week. :)
     
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  10. Nov 4, 2020 #370 of 548
    AussieFigjam

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    Just received and set up my second one, and multiple credits do appear to work....Nice:)

    It simply credits my account with $83.94 (presumably including tax), and then when I check under "My Account" tells me I'm fully paid up until December 2021 because of my credit. I'm going to go grab another one; Chromecast for $10 can't be beat.
     
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  11. Nov 4, 2020 #371 of 548
    Alex_7

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    Anyone else having trouble updating the “Android System Webview app” from the play store?

    there seems to be a bug that won’t allow the app to update it gets stuck on updating.
    My only workaround is to manually download and install the updated version from apk mirror.
     
  12. Nov 5, 2020 #372 of 548
    krkaufman

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    That's a little surprising, given the terms state "total current value $77.94."
     
  13. Nov 5, 2020 #373 of 548
    AussieFigjam

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    Yeah, I was a little surprised until I worked out that, in order to get 6 months credit in my state (California), it needed to also credit the sales tax on the service, which, of course, I had already paid for when I bought the Chromecast. Each month, it now deducts $12.99 plus tax from my credit, and it will all be used in 6 months (12 months with both credits), and I pay $77.94 plus $6 tax from my credit..

    Seems fair, since I already paid the tax when I purchased the Chromecast, and I would be swindled out of money otherwise.

    I would guess that what you get credited varies based on what you were actually charged when you purchased the device for this portion of the cost, which would be $77.94 plus tax. This varies by state.
     
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  14. Nov 5, 2020 #374 of 548
    AussieFigjam

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    They shipped my new order this morning for the Chromecast Netflix package, which I only ordered yesterday afternoon, so it looks like they have finally caught up with demand, and the orders are shipping pretty much immediately. I'm now maxed out on this offer with 3; I fully expect it will give me an error when I attempt to buy another one, but I'm not likely to try since when this one arrives, I will have 4 Chromecasts (and 18 months Netflix credit).

    So, with my Google One credit, I ended up picking up 3 Chromecasts for $10 each
     
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  15. Nov 5, 2020 #375 of 548
    Alex_7

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    A few weeks later with the new chromecast, my hype has died down for it, I like it so far but the Google TV aspect of it has let me down.
    The recommendations and watchlist need A LOT of work. Doesn't come close to Reelgood as a decent streaming aggregator. I've selected watched and hit the like thumbs up on content I've seen to build my recommendations but I have yet to see a "Because you liked ___" row. There are not enough genres to pick from, no filters or sorting. Still no iPhone app for Google TV. The "Continue watching" is still not working properly.
    So far no updates to the Google tv interface or features updates. Reelgood and Justwatch blow Google TV out of the water as streaming aggregators, Google needs to step it up if they want to be in their rivals level.
     
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  16. Nov 5, 2020 #376 of 548
    AussieFigjam

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    Yeah, I would agree in general. The whole framework and concept here are great, but when you drill down to some of the detail for everyday use, there is a lot of stuff that needs improvement. I can't say much about Reelgood; I did find it more tunable and Google TV, but I never used it enough to notice any of the gritty details, largely because it doesn't support YouTube TV, which is where I watch a lot of my content. This is the one massive thing that Google TV has going for it from my perspective; I find myself launching a significant amount of my content on YouTube TV through the Google TV interface because it seems to adjust well to what I watch and like on that platform, much less so on Netflix, and even less on Prime.

    I get the feeling that Google have just started by making YouTube TV work really well, and will then work through other kinks and streaming services with each update, but I guess we'll see.

    My take on this is if you have YouTube TV, then it's a no-brainer; if not, then maybe Reelgood might be a better fit. Of course the nice thing is that you can use The Chromecast with Google TV and then just install Reelgood on it as well, although I'm sure it becomes painful having to maintain watch and like lists in multiple places.
     
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  17. Nov 5, 2020 #377 of 548
    aaronwt

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    Sweet!! I got my Google Chromecast today and just redeemed my $83.xx Netflix credit. At least that will last a few months. They haven't increased my monthly price to $18 yet so hopefully they don't raise it for a few months.
     
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  18. Nov 5, 2020 #378 of 548
    trip1eX

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    I got mine today too. I ordered mine a few weeks ago though. PUrely ordered it because of the Netflix credit. I tried it out. IT's ok. But noticeably laggier than my ATV albeit the Chromecast is hooked up via wifi whereas the ATV is over ethernet.

    I will give it to my college kid if he needs it or pawn it off on Ebay.

    I played around with it for a half hour maybe. And monkeyed with the voice stuff. I said, " get the cbs all access app" or something like that and it popped up very fast in the app store. But then had some overlay still on top of it even though I could see the install button. And I was like what why can't I hit the install button. A little annoying. I think I had to hit voice again to get rid of it.

    I also said "play champion's league real madrid" as I had just been watching it in the CBS AA app before hitting the home button. But it wasn't smart enough to go back to it. It wanted to play a clip from Youtube. Not that I expected it to work. Never tried it before anywhere else. It was a tough spur of moment test.

    Scrolling thru the menus seemed laggy. A lot of pop-in although maybe that would get better if was still caching.

    I used voice to skip forward in an app and it worked but was a little janky in execution with some random visual artificats. Could be the app.

    Thumbnails popped right up in the CBS AA app when I hit left on the dpad to go back. It was very responsive although I really just expected it to jump back 10 seconds instead of bringing up some rather large thumbnails.

    The setup process was annoying. I have an iPhone. I tried to set it up in my office, but I couldn't connect to wifi. Meanwhile I am holding my phone next to it and the dongle is hanging off the side of my tv. and phone has full signal visually speaking. The Google Home app had problems too. I eventually gave up and went downstairs in the basement closer to the router and set it up via the tv. Didn't see anything about the credit. Checked email. Monkeyed around with the Chromecast. STill no email.

    Finally I went back into the Google Home app and it was stuck on connecting to wifi from when I was in my office. I got out of that and not sure what I did but ended up on a screen eventually showing Netflix credit and deposited it. Mission accomplished. I guess it was worth it...


    Remote is ok. It's pretty cheap feeling. I know there are a lot of ATV remote haters here but man ATV just feels good to me. The GTV remote is like my Roku tv remote. But to me the GTV remote is a little bit stuck between trying to be Apple and yet have standard functionality like the Roku. But it is no Apple and isn't as practical as the Roku TV remote except it has voice.

    The Google recommendations/ show icons feel overwhelming as a first impression. I mean I literally said I only wanted Netflix in the setup process and yet the install process seemed to take 5 minutes and I am given recommendations to what feels like 100s of shows across lots of services, many of which I don't have.

    Meanwhile I don't even use Apple's aggregator. on the ATV. I just go into each app. And I am not switching between apps too much on a daily basis. So the aggregator was never a selling pt for me to begin with.

    anyway just first impressions from someone that uses an ATV daily.
     
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  19. Nov 5, 2020 #379 of 548
    trip1eX

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    I think you get $6 extra because Netflix raised their (standard plan) price by $1 per month. Thus your 6 months of credit is $84 instead of $78.
     
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  20. Nov 6, 2020 #380 of 548
    dbpaddler

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    It's only been what, not even two months? Gotta keep your expectations in check. And an iOS app? You think that's going to be quick? Nothing for Apple comes quick from Google.

    Sent from my Surface Duo using Tapatalk
     
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