Still The Best Deal In StreamingAbout two weeks ago (forgot, sorry) I did this post:
The Chromecast One Week Experiment: Can You Chromecast Everything?
where the goal was to find out if +Jen Reda and I could survive a week using nothing but Chromecast. Well, we did. I'm happy to report that it went very well indeed. We did have issues finding a movie we wanted, until I snagged it off the Google Play store, and we completely forgot about Downton Abbey. There was no way to stream it from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, or Showtime.
But otherwise, it worked out pretty well. More importantly, it could have worked out well for anyone. Easy was the law of the land. No downloading anything. No organizing a library. And again, no worries about jackbooted copyright enforcement entities kicking in the door and spraying us with automatic weapons fire. In 2013 if you want to cut the cord all legal, you can and it won't suck. And Chromecast makes it stupid easy to do. However....
You aren't going to find anything to replace your cable sports package. And that is a huge consideration if you are into that sort of thing. I'm more of a Doctor Who fan than say, a football fan so I didn't care at all. There are options...
Watch NFL Live
but I didn't try any of them. Your mileage may vary. Overall I'd give the Chromecast a B+ as a "total" entertainment option. It's so inexpensive though, that you should get one even just to augment what you've already got, or just to stream popular web content since it will be compatible with everything you own.