Google Chromecast functions by acting as a transmitter between the customer's chosen streaming video provider and a television set. Google Chromecast is able to broadcast content streamed from various streaming sources, such as YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play and Netflix. Customers using Google Chromecast are required to have a physical Chromecast stick and a compatible HDTV that has a free HDMI slot in which to place the device.
The Google Chromecast is a USB-powered plug-in device for an HDTV with a compact size and design. The device requires the user to have either a computer or a smartphone available during the initial installation process. This secondary device serves as a controller and needs to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network to which the Chromescast device is connected. Once a connection between the Chromecast and the secondary device is made, the customer can follow an installation process.
In addition to its streaming capabilities, the Chromecast device can also sync with a smartphone to display customized backdrops on the television set. The Chromecast device can also be used by guest devices to stream content to the television screen by utilizing the guest mode feature without needing to log into the local Wi-Fi network.