The appeal of smart TVs come from the use of streaming services such as Netflix & Hulu. However nowadays with the rise of streaming devices such as Chromecast you’re able to enjoy Smart TV features on a Non-smart tv.
However, does the Chromecast work on any tv?
Chromecast works on any TV that contains an HDMI port. An HDMI port is needed to simply plug in the Chromecast into your TV so you can start streaming your favorite movies & TV shows.
Let’s dive deeper into the workings of Chromecast & some things you should be aware of before purchasing.
Will Chromecast Work On My TV?
The Chromecast needs to be plugged into your TV via HDMI port. So if your smart TV is equipped with an HDMI port then you will be able to use Chromecast on your TV.
so what if your TV is limited on HDMI ports?
If your TV can only accommodate one HDMI port which is already in use, then you can opt for an HDMI switcher which allows you to add multiple HDMI ports to your TV.
Additionally, another important requirement for the Chromecast is a stable internet connection. Chromecast on its own can only connect to the internet via Wifi; However, you can purchase an Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, which allows you to connect to the internet via ethernet cable. This allows for a more stable internet connection & is perfect if your Wifi signal is not powerful enough next to your TV.
A Few Things You Need To Know About The Chromecast:
It Requires a Power Supply
One thing you may not have known about the Chromecast is that it does require a power supply. It can power its self in two different ways. The first is from a USB which provides power to the Chromecast from the TV.
The other being from a power outlet, the Chromecast comes with a power block & USB cable which is the recommended method to powering your Chromecast.
Controled By Your Smart Phone Or Tablet
The Chromecast does not come with a remote control, it is controlled by your smartphone or tablet. However, an alternative way you can control your Chromecast is with Google Assistant. If you own a Google Home, you will be able to ask Google assistant to pause, play, rewind, forward your movies & TV shows for you.
No Subscription Required
A common question we get asked a lot is whether or not the Chromecast requires a subscription. The answer is no, the Chromecast does not require a subscription it is a one time purchase.
The services you use through Chromecast however such as Netflix & Hulu will require a monthly subscription.
As we mentioned above the Chromecast on its own can only connect to the internet via Wifi, so if your Wifi signal is low on the location of your TV, then it is recommended to add a compatible Ethernet adapter for the Chromecast. This allows for a more stable connection without having to experience a slow loading process of your movie & tv shows.
Great For gathering or travel
The Chromecast is perfect for hanging out with friends & family especially if your friends or family do not own a smart TV. All you need is a TV with an HDMI input & you will be able to stream your favorite movies with friends & family within seconds.
Additionally, if your an avid traveler & stay in a lot of hotels, you can simply plug in your Chromecast & start enjoying your favorite shows in your downtime.
What channels are on Chromecast?
Chromecast has a list of channels in various categories including Movies, Tv shows, Music, Gaming, Sports & so on. Here is a list of just a few popular apps that can be found on Chromecast:
- Prime Video
- Youtube TV
- Disney +
- Youtube Music
- CBS Sports
- Google Play Music
- Fox Sports & Go
- NFL Sunday Ticket
This is just a sample of what Chromecast has to offer.
Do Smart TVs Need Chromecast?
Smart TV’s have similar features to Chromecast such as access to Apps & the Web. However not all Smart TVs offer the same Apps. Samsung smart TVs, for example, do not currently have an App to view twitch which means even if you own a Samsung smart TV you will not be able to watch twitch unless you add Chromecast to your TV. So a Chromecast can still be beneficial for smart TVs if it offers an App that is not available on your smart TV.
Will Chromecast work on an old TV?
Yes, Chromecast will work on an old TV if it contains an HDMI input. Additionally, you do need a stable connection & that’s it, simply set it up, and you’re good to go.
As long as your TV is equipped with an HDMI port you will be able to use the Chromecast.
Additionally, it requires a stable internet connection, the only way to connect Chromecast to the internet is via Wifi; however, with the use of a compatible ethernet adapter, you will be able to utilize your ethernet cable for a more reliable & stable connection.
So if you have a TV that contains an HDMI port as well as a stable internet connection then your good to go, simply plug in your Chromecast set it up & your good to go!