As far as I understand it, Chromecast basically makes it possible to stream wirelessly from a PC, smartphone or tablet, in lieu of a hard connection between the TV and the video generating device.
From what I can gather online it will not function with my Kindle Fire HD (unless the Fire is hacked to do so, thereby voiding the guarantee) so I won't be getting one any time soon, though I do find the idea intriguing, not to mention the price....
The Chromecast site is not very specific about exactly which apps actually work on the thing.
I'm not clear just how much competition this will represent for Roku and similar devices, as the Chromecast approach requires two devices, instead of one.
Other than the advantage of offering a YouTube channel (you know me...), I don't see how running Netlix or Hulu via two devices is in any way better than doing it on Roku or other dedicated internet TV streamer?
Actually, I used a Kindle Fire HD to send Netflix content with no issues. However, you can't use the Fire to set it up. You need either a standard device or an iOS device ... or you can use your Chrome browser. I used my iPhone to set one, and the Chrome browser in a computer to set another up.
I used Chrome browser to send Hulu and ESPN3 content, and without issue. I was unable to send Amazon content. I didn't try a whole lot of other stuff. I have my full first thoughts posted at IMAO
, if you're interested.