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Google Chromecast

The problem is that the quality of the Chromecast streamed video depends on whether it has partnered with Google. Video playing on your laptop can be streamed via Chromecast, but Tech Crunch says that the video isn’t always that great.

Video streaming quality is quite good (on par with what I get on my Xbox 360 or my Apple TV, at least) particularly when pulling from an app or website that’s been tailored for compatibility — so Netflix, Youtube, or Google Play, at the moment. If you’re using the Chromecast extension for Chrome on your laptop to project an otherwise incompatible video site (like Hulu or HBOGO), however, video quality can dump quite a bit depending on your setup. It’s using your laptop as a middle man to encode the video signal and broadcast it to the Chromecast, whereas the aforementioned compatible sites just send video straight to the dongle, mostly removing your laptop from the mix. When casting video tabs on a 2012 MacBook Air running on an 802.11n network, the framerate was noticeably lower and there were occasional audio syncing issues.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Birdy& Bambi
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 06:43:41

    Great blog!
    I’m wondering: Do book lovers necessarily have to be book collectors?
    I tried to get rid of my books and failed miserably

    What do you think?

    Love from Germany,

  2. lijakaca
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 08:42:56

    Any other type of hate speech that was so violent would result in immediate suspensions or banning from Twitter (though it’s not just them, let’s not forget the recent Kickstarter incident). Why are institutions so willing to ignore and dismiss blatant misogyny?
    Sigh. I think I’ll go look at animal pics for a while to cheer me up.

  3. Susan
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 15:48:50

  4. Mireya
    Jul 29, 2013 @ 16:09:14

    @Birdy& Bambi: You should have mentioned that it is only for German speakers and that you are desperately in need of hits to your blogs, which is why you are spamming here. Stupid me hit your link. Enjoy the lonely hit.

  5. MeetingBurner
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 22:39:50

    Great piece from you Jane! Thank you.

    With all these things coming from big companies in technology, we certainly have an easy way to see what would our life be in the next five years. I’m looking forward to get hold of the Chromecast anyways.

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