If you want to boost the abilities of your TV, Google's tool is a worthwhile one to consider.

Ok, Google Chromecast, the small device that lets you watch streamed video content on your TV even if it isn’t a smart TV has been out for a while. It first came to Canada way back in 2014 , and has since been growing in use.

Of course, not everyone is on board yet. In fact, I swear my neighbours still use a VCR for movie night and aren’t about to change their ways anytime soon.

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Does it really matter? No. But if you want to watch the new Twin Peaks, Orange is the New Black and 7 episodes of family guy all in a row on your large screen TV instead of on your tablet, it could be worthwhile learning more about it.

Here are 4 things to know about Google Chromecast:

1) It’s Cheap


You can buy Google Chromecast for just $40.00 at Best Buy or splurge for the ultra version that will put you out $90. No $900 smartphone bill here.

2) You Control it Via Your Phone, Tablet or Computer

Google Chromecast is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android devices, Mac, Windows, and Chromebook devices. To control it, you simply download the companion app to your phone, tablet or computer. You then regulate everything on your mobile device, without the need for an additional controller.

Of course, if you don't have a smartphone, tablet or computer on hand to control Chromecast but still wish to stream content on your TV, your out of luck with Google.

Best to turn to something like Roku , which offers a similar service and an extra controller, as well.

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3) It Works With the Click of a Button


The whole thing might sound complicated until you try it, but all you need to do is plug your Chromecast device into the back of your TV to get started. Plug it into a wall socket on the rear of your TV and use your smart device to visit chromecast.com/setup.

Connect your mobile device to your TV's Wi-Fi network and follow these instructions . Press the Cast button and you’re sailing.

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4) You Can Stream Thousands of Apps


Of course, you can’t stream everything in Canada that they can in the U.S, but you can get quite a lot here, and it’s good stuff. Basically, most content you can stream online in Canada legally, you can send to your TV via Chromecast.

Thousands of Chromecast apps are available in Canada, including favourites like Netflix, CraveTV, Pokemon TV, Google Play Movies and Ted Talks.

Yes, you can watch it all on your computer. If you’ve got a large monitor, maybe there’s no need for another device. If you want to double up on the function of your TV though, Google Chromecast can be a useful tool to have around.