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Can Google's Chromecast Display HD Video?
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Washington, D.C. (August 16, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to

Q. I'm intrigued with the new Google Chromecast that can transfer video from my mobile devices to my HDTV. But I have a question for you? Will the transferred video be in High-Definition? -- Chuck, Laurel, Maryland.

Chuck, for those not familiar with Google Chromecast, the $35 dongle plugs directly into your High-Definition TV's port and transfers video from a mobile device to your set over your home network Wi-Fi.

Google promises that the dongle works fast and will connect just as flawlessly to your home home network as any other streaming device.
At launch, Netflix, Google Play Movies and YouTube was available to stream on the device, but Google says more streaming services will be added soon.

But will the HD video transferred from your iPad, iPhone or computer display in high-def on your screen?

The Los Angeles Times has tested the device and its writer, Salvador Rodriguez, says the video quality is comparable to what you would see on a Roku or Apple TV, or even a cable or satellite system. In other words, no Blu-ray player, but you can expect a solid HD, if not spectacular, high-def picture from the Chromecast.

Chromecast, which launched late last month, is still a bit difficult to find at retail and online., for instance, says
the device is still temporarily out of stock.

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