Rick cut the cord about a year ago and he streams using YouTube TV. Leo uses it too, but at $50, you're not really saving anything. Especially when you spend money on HBO, Netflix, etc. But their DVR capability is great.
Michael uses a Chromebook in the garage for working out. But the video is rather janky. So he added a Chromecast and a video monitor. The Video is improved, but he doesn't want separate audio output. Leo says the HDMI carries both audio and video, but you can split it into a stereo. Leo adds though, that it can be tricky because you'd need a powered speaker to do it. Michael is currently using a headphone jack connected to computer speakers. Not really optimal.
G. Scott has a friend who has Chromecast and a Chromebook. But he can't control the volume because he doesn't have a smartphone to do it. Is there a way around it? Leo says that volume control is a new feature in Chromecast, so if his Chromebook is an older model, it may not support it.
Jerry likes to watch YouTube on his TV, but his TV browser isn't going to be supported anymore. Leo says don't use that browser. It's terrible. Look for a YouTube app available for the smart TV and install it. Better yet, connect a Roku Box, Apple TV, Amazon FireTV or even Google Chromecast and use their interface. They will also be updated regularly. Will Samsung spy on users like they do on a TV? Leo says no. And most malware isn't targeting TV sets. Leo also advises getting a Chromebook for those "sketch sites" and a Chromecast. Then he can cast to the TV securely.
Rich doesn't want a smart tv. Can he get a "dumb" TV anymore? Leo says not really. TV companies actually make money off the TVs online activity, and so they make all TVs that way. You can dumb down your TV by not connecting that TV to the internet. And use a third party box like Roku. Or even an inexpensive Chromecast. The best "dumbish" TV is Vizio, though.
Terry wants to buy a device to cast to his home office TV. Would the Chromecast work or should he buy the FireTV Stick? Leo says that the Chromecast is a great device, but it doesn't stand on its own. He'll have to navigate to what he wants to watch on a phone and then cast to the Chromecast device. Stand-alone devices like Roku and AppleTV can act as their own independent devices. As for FireTV, Leo says it really serves as a portal to sell stuff from Amazon, so he's not much of a fan. Leo says ROKU Ultra is a better choice all the way around and will also stream in 4K.
When Tony goes camping with his RV, he'd like to broadcast YouTube TV from his phone to his TV. Leo says that in theory, Chromecast will work because he's connected via WiFi. However, it requires being on the same WiFi network, so if the phone is using WiFi, it can't really do that because he will need internet for the Chromecast. Getting a "MyFi" router may be the solution, but it would have a separate cellular connection. But the good news is, it also has its own bandwidth data allotment. Get a MyFi from your carrier, then the phone can join that, and the Chromecast can be on it.
Bob would like to download Amazon Prime shows from his iPhone and play them back on his PC. Leo says he hasn't used LonelyScreen, but a quick perusal shows it may be OK. The Chatroom says AirServer is another. However, using applications that rely on WiFi won't work out of range.
Amazon Prime also lets users watch offline content. Some Hotels are now offering Chromecast support.
Ken has Android and he's having issues with Chromecast. Leo says that Ken's smartphone is fairly old, running Android 4.3 (too old for Chromecast compatibility). So he'll need to get a newer device under his budget of $300. Leo says that his current favourite budget smartphone is the Motorola Moto G6. He can get them unlocked directly from Motorola for under $200. Google Fi is selling the G6 for $99.
Tim has a remote access account to his business server that he uses his Chromebook for. The one downside is the smaller screen. Leo says that Samsung favored portability with their LTE Chromebook, and as such, they tend to have smaller screens to extend the battery life. But how can he use a larger computer monitor with it? Leo says a $35 Chromecast would work. He could then cast wirelessly to it through an HDMI port. Windows RDP expects people to use a Windows machine. But there may be a Chrome extension. If not, write to the developers to enable it.