Google’s 4K HDR-Capable Chromecast Ultra is Selling at a Discount Right Now
Stephan Jukic – June 6, 2017
If you want cutting-edge content streaming options for any ultra HD TV on a budget while still getting your hands on HDR capacity, some of the best movie/programming apps for 4K entertainment and so forth, the Google Chromecast Ultra is hard to beat. This extremely compact dongle device was released in late 2016 and works as the 4K successor to Google’s original Chromecast. It’s also been fairly reasonably priced since it came out with a price tag of $69.
Now however, you can shave even more off the little 4K streaming platform’s price by buying the device from B&H Photo Video for a limited-time discount of $59. It’s just a $10 savings, sure but if you were already thinking of going for a high-quality external 4K streaming media platform for your ultra HD TV, then this is a nice little deal on a sweet little piece of hardware. If you have a 4K TV with HDR functionality (as just about all 2017 and 2016 brand-name 4K TVs are) then the Ultra gives you even more to look forward to as long as your internet connection supports 4K streaming requirements and your area gives you access to 4K HDR movies from sources like Netflix or Amazon Prime.
The Chromecast Ultra vaguely resembles a hockey puck dangling from a length of black take and attaches to any 4K or HDTV via HDMI cable. Access to 4K content is good to go as long as your home internet connection delivers more than 20Mbps and your TV’s HDMI ports support both HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 along with HEVC video compression –All modern 4K TVs support all of these key connectivity specs. One additional and slightly clumsy detail about the Chromecast Ultra is that it requires a constant connection to a power outlet, so make sure you’e got your TV set up where the little Google device can also be plugged in. It’s a bit clumsy but not that hard to manage given the Ultra’s other benefits.
As for using the Ultra, it’s as simple as plugging it in to your 4K TV, downloading the Google Home App to your Android or iOS device and using that app to find and download all compatible content apps for the Chromecast Ultra. Each of these apps will be equipped with a “cast” option which lets you open up content sources for streaming on your TV. A great thing about the Chromecast is that despite its 4K abilities and focus, it also provides a great smart TV platform for normal older HDTVs without smart features of their own. So if that’s what any of you HD TV owners out there are looking for, the Ultra is one of the most inexpensive but also cutting-edge content streaming platforms around.
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