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2018-01-13 02:03 PM
North_of_Calgary I find that the Google Home Mini has no problems finding and communicating with the Chromecast (compared to the Android phone that constantly losses it and fails to control it).

But like reported, the Chromecast doesn't seem to properly track where we are in Netflix TV series' or even which episode we're on. Numerous times it's replaying the episode we've already seen. For clarity though, this is not a problem with the Chromecast itself but likely the Netflix application on it (hence Netflix's issue). And we complicate the situation by switching between devices (i.e. Roku on another TV) while progressing through series'.
2018-01-11 10:58 AM
Jake Yes that has happened to us as well. I forget now exactly what we did but I think if you stop casting the control returns to the original device and the location is preserved. You then re-cast and all is well. However YMMV.
2018-01-09 02:27 PM
ExDilbert I've run into a couple of annoying bugs in Chromecast with Netflix. I often pause playback part way through a show. The Chromecast device times out after a period of inactivity when playback is paused. The Chromecast then refuses to respond when subsequently attempting to resume casting from the same device. One way to recover is to turn the TV off and on, resetting the Chromecast. An associated bug is that the Chromecast then loses the place where it was paused, essentially going back to the start of the previous session. With series shows, that could mean not only losing the place in the current episode but being thrown back to a previous episode.
2018-01-09 12:57 PM
Jake There is an option in Chromecast that allows or disallows control from other connected devices.

https://support.google.com/chromecas...06638?hl=en-CA
2018-01-06 04:36 PM
ExDilbert Sometimes control from other devices is built into the app. For example, I can control an active instance of Spotify from any device logged into the same Spotify account. I can also move playback from one device to another.
2018-01-06 01:21 PM
TorontoColin I'm not sure if this is true for every app, but with some another device on the same WiFi network can control the playing content. So, for example, two otherwise unrelated devices can both play/pause/skip forward or back or see/change the upcoming playlist. Certainly, if you want to stop something, any device on the WiFi can grab control of the Chromecast, including laptops.

There are certainly advantages to Bluetooth though, starting with universal support from media sources.
2018-01-06 12:02 PM
ExDilbert I'll concede those points but Chromecast has similar issues, like how do you control it if the phone gets out of range of the same wi-fi network. I did state that the direct streaming feature of Chromecast could be an advantage in some situations. It could be a disadvantage in others. For most people, a Bluetooth 3.0 or higher bluetooth dongle or built in speaker/amplifier bluetooth receiver will be just as good as a Chromecast Audio most of the time.
2018-01-06 10:32 AM
TorontoColin Even within your home, Bluetooth can be limited with range. I've had dinner parties before where I've had to leave my phone in one room because if I went upstairs, the sound on my Bluetooth speaker would get choppy.
2018-01-05 09:09 AM
Jake The problem with a BT-only implementation is it would tie the Chromecast to the phone or tablet. With wifi-only the phone or tablet does not have to be physically on or near the Chromecast once the stream is initiated. We have left the house with an NHL Live stream (via Rogers cell phone) running for the kids and then left the house to run errands.

A dual BT-wifi device would be more expensive. Maybe not that much but enough to put it in competition with other devices.
2018-01-04 12:14 PM
ExDilbert @Jake , Point taken. I misunderstood the previous post that must have been referring to the Chromecast video device, not the Chromecast Audio. I can now see why someone who wants directly streamed, lossless high-resolution audio might be drawn to the Chromecast Audio. However, Bluetooth 3.0 and above is still an option for lossless high-resolution audio playback.
2018-01-03 05:51 PM
TorontoColin Yes, as mentioned the Chromecast Audio is not HDMI, it's 3.5 mm, with the additional option of (stupidly expensive) adapters to do optical or RCA. It has no video UI, only audio. The idea is to easily enable wireless streaming to speaker systems with line-in connectors. The advantages over bluetooth are higher quality, direct streaming (so you can take the phone or other device away and it still works), and the ability to simultaneously stream to multiple devices. I also find it more reliable.

The lack of a remote doesn't bother me either. Remotes get misplaced and almost always control awful user interfaces. I always have my phone on me and it's the UI I'm most familiar with. YMMV, however.
2018-01-03 01:22 PM
17671 Yeah there is no hdmi on the chrome cast audio, it has an analogue 3.5 milli metre head phone jack port.

By the way, I tested my chrome cast video and it can play music to my tv set, but yeah it does it but does not mean its the most efficient way to do it
2018-01-03 01:12 PM
Jake
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I never took the Chromecast Audio seriously. It's an ill conceived solution to a problem that doesn't exists for most people. That is, how to stream audio on a video device. It's a a misapplication and a waste of resources. If they did away with the requirement for a HDMI connection, it would be a lot better
I am confused by this statement. The Chromecast Audio does not have an HDMI connection so how can there be a requirement?

The remote issue seems to be an issue for some. Me not so much. Plus I am just starting to test out the voice commands. But I can see how others may prefer the tactile experience of a remote.
2018-01-03 10:26 AM
ExDilbert I never took the Chromecast Audio seriously. It's an ill conceived solution to a problem that doesn't exists for most people. That is, how to stream audio on a video device. It's a a misapplication and a waste of resources. If they did away with the requirement for a HDMI connection, it would be a lot better. Bluetooth is a much better solution to streaming audio from a smartphone or similar device. Unfortunately, early Bluetooth devices suffered from lack of fidelity. That has been resolved with later Bluetooth standards but devices supporting those standards must be sought out.

While Chromecast Audio is a solution looking for a problem, Chromecast Video is a solution with a problem. That is the lack of a remote control. Google missed the mark with both of these products and has failed to correct it even with product updates.
2018-01-02 09:23 PM
Jake It took me a while to realize the mini-plug would also support digital audio. Which is nice for volume control. I used to use my Apple TV to stream audio and incorrectly thought the Chromecast could do that as well. It can, but you need to keep the HDMI handshake intact. The minute you shut off the display the audio stops. Not sure if ARC capable devices have this limitation.
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