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While many modern TVs already have streaming services baked in, you might still need (or want) a dedicated device for accessing the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. The Chromecast with Google TV is a solid option and it’s currently on sale once again . That’s $10 less than it typically costs.
We gave the device a score of 86 after being impressed with the voice remote. The dongle has Google Assistant support, of course, and along with telling a smart speaker what you want to watch, you can simply bark instructions at the remote. It’s a cinch to navigate the Google TV interface with the remote, which includes dedicated buttons for launching YouTube and Netflix. In addition, the dongle provides access to YouTube TV, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, Apple TV+ and HBO Max, among many other streaming services. There’s support for 4K HDR content, as well as Dolby Vision and Atmos.
You can also use the device to play games through Google Stadia if you have a . Despite recent rumors to the contrary, Google has said . On top of that, you’ll have the option to effectively use your TV as a smart display when you’re not streaming something. Chromecast with Google TV can show live feeds from some security cameras, display weather forecasts and help you control smart home devices, all with the aid of Google Assistant. The Ambient Mode, meanwhile, can display your Google Photos when you’re not actively watching, playing or listening to anything.