What Is a Google Smart TV Stick?

The Google Chromecast is a digital video player dongle designed to be plugged into an HDMI outlet on a TV and powered by the USB outlet on the TV. The device connects to a wireless network and allows users to stream video via mobile and web apps that support Chromecast.

Many different apps are available natively on the Google Chromecast, notably Netflix, Hulu and HBO Go. Chromecast differentiates itself from its competitors by using a tablet, smartphone or PC to control the device in lieu of a remote. Users run the app on the preferred device and then select an option to stream to Chromecast. The video is then shown on the TV.