Sabrina could be a better option.

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  1. Oct 2, 2020 #321 of 445
    moyekj

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    Has anyone figured out how to switch inputs using voice command? On my FireTV I simply say "HDMI 1" to switch to that input (it uses CEC), but using this device I simply get "Sorry, I couldn't find any matching devices". This is same TV that works with FireTV, so I know that CEC is enabled and working on the TV.

    From what I could see, the Chromecast only switches to it's own input can can't change to other inputs via voice. I hope that's not the case. I use that all the time with my Fire Stick to switch between it and TiVo inputs.
     
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  2. Oct 2, 2020 #322 of 445
    Niners

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    Drive format seems to make a difference.

    With this hub can confirm that a USB Flash drive formatted as FAT32 worked was accessible. However, a 500 GB SSD formatted as NTFS was not accessible and displayed the "disk ejected safely" message in Storage menu.

    The flash drive that worked is this 64MB Sandisk drive:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07YYK13LF
     
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    xberk

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    I'm interested in this too .. maybe someone can explain what "power delivery pass through" actually means. The AUKEY hub says it can handle up to 100W but I have no idea how you calculate what would be needed to power a particular device. This all gets confusing between Watts, Amps and Volts.
     
  5. Oct 2, 2020 #325 of 445
    Niners

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    Per my comment yesterday # 301 I tested a different hub: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RWG8M15/ that also has 100W PD with a 18W USB C PD and 12W USB A Charger. The CCGTV and the hub's wired ethernet port worked with both of these power supplies but I did have any drives connected to the hub.

    The Google provided USB A power adapter is 7.5W so I think that a 12W charger to power a hub that does not have drives connected should be sufficient.

    Note that on the Chromecast subreddit this Anker hub has been flagged as the Ethernet not working with the CCGTV:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B089M7WSHM
    so please update this thread if you get it working with Ethernet.
     
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  6. Oct 3, 2020 #326 of 445
    JOSHSKORN

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    Well that's great, I just received this item today in the mail. I'll test it, anyways.

    I don't think this quite answers mine, nor @xberk 's question. The device I got, which is the one that is said to not work with the device's ethernet for connectivity, said something about 100W. I'd like to ensure that I purchase something that can draw that much power, because I don't really know what I might end up plugging into here. It's still up in the air. I just want to make sure I'm not short-changing myself, and at the same time, I don't want to kill any of my devices by possibly overpowering it. Again, these specifics are out of my understanding.

    Can you or someone recommend a compatible 100w charger for this hub? Pictures show it plugged into a 100w charger but don't give a model #. From the manual of the device I purchased:

    USB Power Delivery Input: DC 5V-20V 5A (Up to 100W)
     
  7. Oct 3, 2020 #327 of 445
    dbpaddler

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    These hubs all mention pass through because they work with laptops and other high wattage devices. So if you have say a MacBook that uses an 80w charger, then the hub can handle an 80w charger and pass that through to the laptop.

    For the purposes of Sabrina, that max pass through wattage is irrelevant as the usb-c in Sabrina accepts a much lower wattage. Usb-c chargers are capable of scaling to whatever wattage/voltage the device needs. I doubt Sabrina is even PD, and whatever drive or accessory you're plugging into the hub isn't either unless it's a tablet or phone and isn't charging via pd via the Usb-A ports anyway.

    You do want a hub that will pass through though since it is the sole port on Sabrina, unlike the TS4k. Some smaller hubs don't have any power options.

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  8. Oct 3, 2020 #328 of 445
    RickNY

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    Every Home Depot around me shows 6-10 in stock, but dont show aisle info -- it says "Ask An Associate" -- and if you try to order for in-store pickup, the cart says "The store you chose for this item does not have enough inventory to fulfill your order. Please choose another store, or split your order among multiple stores."
     
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  9. Oct 3, 2020 #329 of 445
    krkaufman

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    That exactly matches my experience attempting an online order via Home Depot a couple nights ago. I haven't bothered actually going to the local store, having instead opted for a delayed delivery via the YouTube TV promo offer.
     
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    dbpaddler

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    It's like they punished the stores since a bunch sold it before they were supposed to. But that really just punishes the customers.

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  11. Oct 3, 2020 #331 of 445
    Niners

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    Confirmed that CCGTV supports formatting and adding flash drive as app storage with this USB C hub: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RWG8M15/

    In addition to a 64GB Flash drive I also connected a USB C 1 TB Drive (using a USB C to A cable) to the USB 3.0 port on this hub and was able to use the USB C 1 TB drive with Kodi.

    I could only get FAT32 drives to be recognized.
    NTFS and exFAT drives were listed in storage but displayed the "disk ejected safely" message.

    If CCGTV only supports FAT32 then file sizes would be limited to 4 GB and local drives connected to the hub would be limited to 2 TB.

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  12. Oct 3, 2020 #332 of 445
    aaronwt

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    I'm setting mine up right now. I like the volume buttons on the side. This is how ROku does it too. They have volume buttons and a mute button on the side. I think they are much easier to use with them on the side since your thumb is there anyway. That of course is assuming you are using it with your right hand.

    For wifi setup it was super fast for me. It saw my eleven SSIDs from 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz right away. I just needed to enter the password.
     
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    aaronwt

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    I just set mine up. I'm seeing around 310Mb/s speeds up and down over wireless AC
    with the Analiti speed test app. WHich is around what I can get with my 4k FireTV sticks.
     
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  14. Oct 3, 2020 #334 of 445
    aaronwt

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    At least right out of the gate this new Google Chromecast is properly matching the dynamic range. And properly switching between SDR, HDR10, and Dolby Vision.

    And I thought I read where the TiVo Stream 4K still does not have this after four months?
     
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    Tony from the corner

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    as of a few days ago before I returned my TS4K, unbilled 4896, it still did not have the HDR fix
     
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    BigC

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    Went to a different Home Depot near me today. Online said to call them because of low stock. Went anyway. Showed the item sku on my phone to customer service. They didn't have an aisle showing. Said that it said on there system "No home", which means it wasn't put on "the floor" yet. They went looking. About 10 minutes later came back with one in hand. Home with it now!! Finally!! Will be setting it up in a bit.
     
  17. Oct 3, 2020 #337 of 445
    moyekj

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    After playing with a day, I generally like it. The Watchlist under "Library" seems to work well - like the TS4K should have, and "Continue Watching" works for some apps but not all.

    The one big glaring thing missing for me is I am unable to switch TV inputs using voice command "HDMI 1" like I can with Fire Stick. So currently I have the Fire Stick on same TV so I have to switch to Fire Stick so that I can then switch to the TiVo input via voice which is a pain, but still better than bringing the TV remote out of retirement just for that 1 button. Guess once I get rid of TiVo for good that will be a non-issue.
     
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  18. Oct 3, 2020 #338 of 445
    NashGuy

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    Zatz confirmed on Twitter what I was afraid would be the case with this Chromecast, given that it runs Android TV apps but has a remote without dedicated transport control buttons like the Fire TV:

     
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  19. Oct 3, 2020 #339 of 445
    moyekj

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    Yes, what's really needed is a "stream player" app through which you can get to any service, so that the navigation controls are the same for every app. It's ridiculous when switching between apps the trick play functionality is all over the place and inconsistent. That has been the nice thing about owning TiVo all these years - consistent trick play functionality. That is sorely needed in the brave new streaming world.
     
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  20. Oct 3, 2020 #340 of 445
    osu1991

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    I just can’t win with these.

    Got the new chromecast an hour ago. Setup was easy, but the video blinks every few minutes and causes a crackling sound through the surround receiver as the tv and chromecast can’t agree on the resolution with it left at 4K/60. 4K/30 stutters and looks terrible, so dropped down to 1080p/60. On the other hand, the HDR setting is working correctly.

    The TS4K now triggers HDR off and on randomly but it plays smoothly with it set at 4K/60.

    I’ll continue using the Chromecast at 1080p/60 for now and take it to the lake cabin and try it on the Sony 900E, but I kind of prefer the TS4K and it’s remote if TiVo would just fix the HDR switching.

    I’m going to need a bigger junk shelf if I add any more TiVo’s, Roku’s, Fire sticks, TS4k’s and Chromecasts.

    I suppose I should look the manual up and make sure one of the hdmi inputs isn’t limited in what it can display. I know one of my old TVs were that way, but I didn’t think this one was.
     
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