Google's $35 Chromecast Device Proves Popular, Now on Backorder for Several Weeks

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News Posted: Thu, Aug 8 2013 1:37 PM
Google took the streaming market by surprise last month when it unveiled its Chromecast device, a $35 dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your high definition TV to stream online video, music, and more using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. The plug-and-play device is one of the most affordable streaming solutions available, undercutting alternative (and more fleshed out) options like Apple TV and Roku's line of streaming devices. So, what's the catch?

Well for one, it's a brand new device that isn't nearly as robust as other higher dollar streaming solutions, but that's easy to live with since it's only $35. In fact, the low price tag has pushed demand through the roof, and if you go to order one today, you'll be looking at a wait time of several weeks, and possibly months.

Google Play, for example, lists new Chromecast orders as shipping in 2-3 week. And if you head over to Amazon, you're looking at waiting 2-3 months for new shipments.

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Not surprisingly, some vendors and individuals are taking advantage of the scarce availability by jacking up the price. We've seen secondhand sellers list the Chromecast for over $100 (after shipping) on Amazon, or almost three times the listed MSRP.

If you really want one without waiting and/or paying a premium, Best Buy may be your best option. Online orders are shipping out in a little over a week, and you could always try visiting your local brick and mortar location to see if they have one in stock.
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JAquino replied on Thu, Aug 8 2013 5:05 PM

smart tv upgrade for 35 dollars? of course its popular!

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Out of stock currently but have one on back order

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zybch replied on Fri, Aug 9 2013 3:23 AM

And I wonder how many of these will follow the purchase pattern of Nintendo's Wii.

Gets bought and used like crazy for 2 weeks, then forgotten about completely.

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sevags replied on Sat, Aug 10 2013 1:07 AM

Zybch, it will probably stop being used long before HH stops reporting about it

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Much better than Chromecast is the new Miracast TV — which doesn’t limit the content you display like Chromecast does, and a new Miracast HD Wireless adapter ($39) became available this week, which offers a lot more features and works much more like Apple’s $100+ Airplay Wireless display technology –

One of the first sources to carry this new device is Tablet Sprint – worth checking out for this alone… and for Android tablets, including a new series of tablets that launch next week that outprice and outperform the new Nexus… definitely worth reviewing.

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