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hystavito wrote: What the... I didn't even think that could be an issue I just assumed the new one would support Stadia. Ridiculous.
The naming is confusing, the new Chromecast with Google TV, is not really a Chromecast, as it runs on an updated version of Android TV - like Nvidia Shield, MIBox, Sony & HiSense TV's and more. It does have built-in Chromecast functionality on top of Android TV, but it's a lot more complex than a regular Chromecast which is more like a stripped down Chrome browser.

So Google needed more time to integrate Stadia support. They did announce it for Spring 2021.
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redkulat wrote: I got mine the other day and I'm really happy with it. It runs the TiVi Mate IPTV app natively and is so smooth.

I sideloaded Zini Tevi as well, the remote is pretty sweet too similar to the Fire stick bit I think better in some ways like using voice to type long URLS.

The only thing I can't figure out is why my 4k HDMI input is still seeing the dongle as 1080p.
Can the Kodi app be installed from Google Play on your Chromecast with Google TV?
My Nexus Player does not have any more update.
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TFC2007 wrote: You can use a regular Chromecast (gen 2 and up) with an HDMI audio extractor, it will give you the same functionality as the Chromecast audio, including casting and the ability to add it to speakers groups.

https://www.amazon.ca/Extractor-Toslink ... 061&sr=8-9

Or, you could also just plug the Chromecast into the TV/receiver, then plug your speaker into the audio out jack (headphones jack).
This is what I do with my CC to connect it to my old home stereo receiver.
However, I've had two of those little plastic extractor boxes die on me in less than a year. I'm thinking its not built to be plugged in and powered 24/7, which is how I had mine running.
What I didn't think about until it was too late was to plug it into the the AC outlet at the back of my receiver so it just powers up/down with the receiver.
I bought the slightly bigger model with an aluminum casing, and barrel type power jack (intstead of mini-usb), and plugged in to the receiver's AC outlet. Been using it since April, hopefully it will last longer than the previous ones.
https://www.amazon.ca/Audio-Extractor-S ... 07CG4S1T5/
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embguy wrote: Can the Kodi app be installed from Google Play on your Chromecast with Google TV?
My Nexus Player does not have any more update.
It can, havent tried it yet but also games work!
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Artwebb1986 wrote: Should have saved mine from a couple years ago. I threw them in the garbage since they are crap.
How exactly are they crap? They do precisely what they advertise they do. And were $20.
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lilmikey wrote: What was the reason they stopped making em?
Only one word is necessary: Google.
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ConnorsCompShow wrote: Only one word is necessary: Google.
I mean, i hate how Google discontinues a lot of stuff but there were legitimate answers given before your comment.

Plus, they most likely replaced it trying to sell their Google/Nest Home speaker devices
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TFC2007 wrote: You can use a regular Chromecast (gen 2 and up) with an HDMI audio extractor, it will give you the same functionality as the Chromecast audio, including casting and the ability to add it to speakers groups.

https://www.amazon.ca/Extractor-Toslink ... 061&sr=8-9

Or, you could also just plug the Chromecast into the TV/receiver, then plug your speaker into the audio out jack (headphones jack).
Thank you. Very helpful.

For the time being, I ended up using my Echo Dot and use RCA 3.5mm cables. Wanted to remove the burden of bluetooth for my Spotify. (Although, I doubt it makes a big difference given streaming audio)
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SindbadRFD wrote: Just curious, at this point of time, won't it be better to get the new version (with Android TV) for a little more cost ?
New one requires extra power tho
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Honestly just spend more and get the latest version that has rebranded the OS as Google TV. Plus you'll get a remote which is really handy. The goal with these should be to future proof as much as possible due to planned obsolescence etc. If you have an older tv, better to buy the latest Fire stick or chromecast so when you spend money you can guarantee longer life and better capabilities.
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aidendanger wrote: How exactly are they crap? They do precisely what they advertise they do. And were $20.
Sure wasn't $20.

Crap since they weren't standalone. If I needed something else to control it I might as well get a proper device.
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Artwebb1986 wrote: Sure wasn't $20.

Crap since they weren't standalone. If I needed something else to control it I might as well get a proper device.

So you not understanding the product makes it crap? Got ya.
Its sole purpose is to cast using another device. Have you found that standalone product since? I can't even fathom what that would be.
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aidendanger wrote: No. I bought a $1500 patio set from a 3rd party on Walmart's website. It wasn't near as advertised. The seller were dicks and wouldn't take it back and I had to get Walmart to "help". They were just as useless. Never ever will I buy from Walmart again. It took weeks to get them to take it back and give us our money.
I don't understand what Best Buy/Newegg/Walmart are thinking when they are copying Amazon on that. They pretty much took the worst aspect of Amazon and double down on it.
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aidendanger wrote: So you not understanding the product makes it crap? Got ya.
Its sole purpose is to cast using another device. Have you found that standalone product since? I can't even fathom what that would be.
Totally understood it. It's garbage which is why there is 2 ultras in the landfill.

Found that product what 2 years ago now. A firestick 4k is a better all around device and is standalone.

Even my odroid c2, N2, n2+ are way way better devices.
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Artwebb1986 wrote: Totally understood it. It's garbage which is why there is 2 ultras in the landfill.

Found that product what 2 years ago now. A firestick 4k is a better all around device and is standalone.

Even my odroid c2, N2, n2+ are way way better devices.

LoL. You replied to a comment regarding Google Audio. Face With Rolling Eyes

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Good to know as I have 1 sitting in a drawer that only ever saw maybe an hour of use in its life. I could certainly turn the cash from in to something much more useful. Thanks for the tip!
Should have saved mine from a couple years ago. I threw them in the garbage since they are crap.


But again, even the Chromecast Ultra was never advertised as stand alone so do any research whatsoever before buying something you have zero clue about and adding to landfills needlessly. Any schools would have gladly taken them from you for free or anyone on Kijiji. Who in their right mind throws out perfectly good devices simply because they couldn't understand how to use them?

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