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Can You Surf the Internet On a Chromecast?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (December 26, 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 am intrigued with the Google Chromecast, particularly its price. I know it can stream Netflix and HBO Go, but can you surf the Net on it? -- Tommy, Deale, Maryland.

Tommy, the Google Chromecast, which retails for $35, is an increasingly popular device to watch streaming videos on your TV. The Chromecast, a small dongle with an HDMI connection, can transmit videos from Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus and Google Play from your mobile device to your television. And more streaming services are coming soon, Google says. (For information on how to install a Chromecast, click here.)

The device does not have a Web browser app -- not yet anyway -- but there is a way to use it to surf the Net.

For starters, to use the Chromecast, you can download an app on your mobile that enables you to 'cast' your videos from your phone, computer or tablet to the television. But you can also cast what's on your computer by opening up a Chrome browser.

By using the Chrome browser on your computer, your television screen will become a mirror of what's on your computer screen. If you go to a web site on your computer, for instance, your TV screen will show the site as well. Basically, whatever is on your computer screen will be displayed on your TV.

This can come in handy when you want to 'cast' a video from a streaming service that is not yet available as an app on the Chromecast, such as the Vudu PPV service. If you open up the page on your Chrome browser, you can use the Chromecast to watch Vudu movies on your TV.

But remember, this trick does not work on other browsers, such as Internet Explorer or Mozilla.

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