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Google’s Chromecast Lands in the App Store… Is this the end for Apple TV?

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As one of the Apple TV’s most alluring features, it seems there are few people who wouldn’t choke up $35 just to get AirPlay functionality in their living room… So what if you could basically accomplish that just by picking up a little piece of hardware made by Google? By now, you’ve probably heard of Chromecast. The digital media streaming adapter from Google has been available for about a month, and today we’re seeing the release of its iOS companion app.

332x568xChromecast-1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.cg88FzdGmEBilled as “the easiest way to enjoy online video and anything from the web on your TV,” the $35 Chromecast is the first legitimate threat we’ve seen to Apple TV and the ease of AirPlay… Now, the Chromecast iOS app makes it possible for users to quickly set up the Chromecast on a Wi-Fi network and manage the device’s settings. From there, it’s all the YouTube content you can handle, with a side of hilarious home videos shared on the big screen amongst family.

Some of the services currently supported by Chromecast are Redbox Instant, Netflix, Vimeo, HBO Go, and Hulu Plus. And of course, iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad aren’t the only things that can be used for Chromecasting. Also supported are Android phones and tablets, as well as Chrome running on a computer.

At this point, Chromecast looks like a stroke of genius. By pulling out the Apple TV’s killer feature and making it into a super low-priced dongle, I think we might see Google nab a big part of the market. The release of this app makes Chromecast that much more appealing.

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