Chromecast

Why won't my Chromecast work?

Episode 1086

Jim from Davis, CA

Jim has a Chromecast for streaming to TV via Wi-Fi. Leo says that's a great device. Jim says that the Chromecast button that's supposed to appear in all media apps has disappeared, though. Leo advises relaunching the Chromecast app and also make sure the Chromecast is seated in the HDMI port properly.

If the light is blinking, then it's not online, so it could be having trouble connecting. Jim should unplug and plug it back in. That's how Google updates the Chromecast and maybe it just needed an update. When in doubt, reboot!

Why is my smart TV so slow when trying to stream videos with it?

Roku 3

Episode 1079

Alan from Honolulu, HI

Alan bought an 80" Sharp Aquos LCD TV, but he says it doesn't work very well. Every time he loads a movie, it takes forever to load. Leo says that while the TVs are so-called "smart TVs," the apps that they include aren't really that good. Leo advises buying a Roku box. Apps on a TV are really an after thought. Roku specializes in the apps they offer and they do a great job.

Why can't my Sony Bravia smart TV connect to the Internet?

Episode 1052

Mike from Portland, ME

Mike is having trouble connecting to the Sony server on his Sony Bravia HDTV. Leo says sometimes the device can't see Wi-Fi and it'll lose the connection. Mike has a wired bridge though, so is there any other reason this could be happening?

Leo says that Mike should try using another device to see if it works. If he can rule out the bridge and the internet connection, then he can focus on the TV. Mike had to disconnect and re-register. It worked for a day and then stopped again. Leo says at that point, it has to be Sony's issue. Smart TVs leave a bit to be desired, Leo says.

How can I stream my computer's Chrome browser to my Chromecast?

Episode 1047

George from Paris, Texas

George listens to TWiT with his Roku. He says he knows the Chromecast doesn't have a lot of apps on it, but he decided to try one to stream websites from his browser to the TV. He wanted to do that from a cheap Android tablet running Jellybean, but Google won't let him into the Play Store. Leo says that's because it's not an "AOSP" version of Android. That's what makes it cheap.

How can I share photos with someone remotely?

Episode 1020

Brad from Atlanta, GA

Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.

How can I stream from my tablet using Chromecast?

Episode 1009

Steve from Malibu, CA

Steve lives 30 miles outside of LA and he's stuck using Dish. All he watches are movies and Network news. Leo says that he could cut the cord, but he doesn't have great Internet access. He has DSL that's fast enough to stream, so he wants to know if he needs anything else but the Chromecast to stream content. Leo says that Chromecast has an app. He can turn his TV to the Chromecast player and then enter the Wi-Fi access configuration information.