Various groups have tried to come up with the definitive set-top box, allowing them to control the gateway to the “first screen” – your television. Cable companies want to own that real estate. I prefer Apple TV myself. And now Google is getting in on the game with Chromecast:
To help make it easy to bring your favorite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house—the TV—we’re introducing Chromecast. Chromecast is a small and affordable ($35) device that you simply plug in to your high-definition (HD) TV and it allows you to use your phone, tablet or laptop to “cast” online content to your TV screen. It works with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Google Play Music, with more apps like Pandora coming soon. With Chromecast, we wanted to create an easy solution that works for everyone, for every TV in the house.
I already have this functionality with Apple TV and AirPlay, but it is still a pretty interesting and inexpensive idea.