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This Chromecast Offer With Google TV Changes The Game


The Google Chromecast has seen its price cut by a third at John Lewis: once a cool £60, you can now pick up the Chromecast with Google TV and accompanying remote for just £40.

If you’re an avid streamer — maybe you’re licking your wounds from a barren Prime Day — this is hot stuff. We gave the Google Chromecast four out of five stars in our full review, docking points for a price we thought was a tad too expensive. But that recent £19 price drop makes it a much more compelling deal.

The Chromecast supports 4K, HDR10, HDR10+ and Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos and comes equipped with a sleek remote control (simplicity embodied), with a handful of easily navigable buttons and shortcuts for YouTube and Netflix.


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The device’s Google TV UI marks a significant upgrade from the company’s streaming sticks of yesteryear, with horizontally scrolling categories siphoning off different genres of content. In terms of frontline modes, you can navigate between a “For You” page with personalized recommendations, as well as movies, shows, apps, and your library (purchased content from Google Play). Particularly handy in this area is the Google Assistant’s voice-activated search, which works well and is even compatible with YouTube.

It’s worth noting that the Chromecast with Google TV isn’t without its quirks: you can’t get the Apple TV+, BBC Sounds or Now apps (although you can cast Now to the Chromecast). The voice command feature can also give questionable results. For example, if you search for content that isn’t available to stream, you’re inundated with movie synopses and actor biographies, rather than just being told the movie isn’t available. This can make the user journey frustrating at times.

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If you can look past these quirks, the Chromecast offers a strong, intuitive user interface and its addition of a tangible remote is welcome. With a third off in the summer sale, its recently reduced price means there’s now a decent amount to recommend the Chromecast with Google TV.



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