Google’s cheaper Chromecast with Google TV (HD) adds more features for less

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What do you want to know

  • Google has announced a cheaper version of Chromecast with Google TV.
  • The new Chromecast with Google TV (HD) has a similar design to the 2020 model, but it only streams content up to 1080p.
  • It costs $30 and will be available in the United States first.

Google’s lineup of streaming devices is expanding as the company today announced Chromecast with Google TV (HD), a cheaper version of the 2020 model that promises more capabilities. And, as the name suggests, the new dongle forgoes a few niceties, such as 4K support, in favor of a lower price.

The new version of Chromecast with Google TV will cost $30 and will be available in the classic Snow color in the US. Additionally, the streamer ships to 19 additional countries including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, and Taiwan.

It’s a bit cheaper than the 4K model, which costs $35, but you’ll have to make some sacrifices. The major downside is that it only streams content up to 1080p at 60 frames per second. However, it supports HDR10 and HDR10+ content.

While the new Chromecast looks identical to the 4K model in every way, including the remote, it’s not meant to replace the latter. “We designed this product with affordability in mind and to help bring all of our favorite Chromecast and Google TV features to more people than ever before,” Google said in a blog post.

Chromecast with Google TV on a table

(Image credit: Google)

Besides the lower resolution, the new Chromecast with Google TV offers all the same features as Google’s best streaming device, plus the latest improvements to Google TV in general. These include Google TV’s signature content curation, which learns users’ viewing habits to offer personalized recommendations.

Also in tow is Google TV’s custom screensaver called Visible Maps, displaying contextual Ambient Mode information like Google Photos images, weather reports, content recommendations, and more. Profiles for kids and other family members are also included, ensuring your content recommendation isn’t tainted by movies and shows you never intended to watch. Thankfully, Apple TV support is included in its content offering.

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