I’ll admit to having bought a Chromecast recently. Thought it hasn’t arrived yet, I’m kind of interested on how this little ditty of a device will play out.  At $35, I am comfortable admitting it was 100% an impulse purchase for something I potentially will never use. (Sadly, this isn’t the first time that’s happened.)

If you missed the memo on what Chromecast is, this handy dongle, once plugged into the HDMI port of your HDTV, will allow you to watch all your favorite movies and shows from Netflix, YouTube and Google Play.

But here’s my hang-up – I’ve already got three streaming enabled consoles at my house where I watch the majority of that type of content. And aside from a few silly videos of my family being, well, my family, I don’t have anything on my computer worth sharing through the device. The more I write this, the more I question the logic of this decision.

Looking at this (slightly dated but still valuable) chart courtesy of Marketing Land, reinforces the fact that maybe my $35 could have been better used on something of more value – pizza for tonight’s supper.

Image Courtesy of Marketing Land

However, Google is quietly (and in some cases, not-so-quietly) doing some amazing things in the technology space that give them some credit in my faith bank.  Even though I chose to ignore services like Google Buzz and Google Wave, I mourn the shutting down of Google Reader and iGoogle.  You win some, you lose some.

For those of us watching from the sidelines, the Chromecast is another weapon in the Apple vs. Google (and Roku) war that benefits us consumers who are always looking for “bigger/better” ways to get the content we love.

So will the Chromecast live up to its hype? Only time will tell if this will be the next best thing since the TV remote or will end up on this list of discontinued Google Services.


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