Posted Tue Oct 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
A new Ultra HD Chromecast model has been announced.
Google has detailed its latest Chromecast streaming device. The new Chromecast Ultra offers improved performance over previous models along with support for 4K and HDR content.
Chromecast Ultra can load videos 1.8 times faster than other Chromecast models, includes major Wi-Fi improvements for streaming, and offers integrated Ethernet support for wired connections. Like previous models, the compact streaming device plugs into a display's HDMI port, allowing users to cast all of their favorite content from thousands of apps using a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Customers can also mirror any content from an Android device or a Chrome browser tab on a laptop to their TV screen.
In addition, the Chromecast Ultra adds new support for 4K, HDR (high dynamic range) and Dolby Vision content, offering playback support for videos with higher resolution, expanded colors, and enhanced contrast. Initial Ultra HD support will include streaming content from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu. Google is also working to offer expanded support for more 4K and HDR services. Likewise, Google Play Movies & TV will be rolling out 4K content with Chromecast support in November. And even if your TV isn't 4K-ready, Chromecast Ultra will automatically optimize your display's picture. Finally, the Chromecast Ultra will also include Google Home support, allowing users to control their Chromecast from their voice-activated speakers.
Google's Chromecast Ultra is set to launch in November for $69 from retailers like Best Buy, Google Store, Target, and Walmart in the US, along with international availability in 15 more countries.
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