Google launches Chromecast Ultra with 4K support

Google launched the Chromecast Ultra at the company's hardware event in San Francisco today. The new device supports 4K and HDR video streams in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats. Google says the Ultra can start 1080p video streams 1.8 times faster than the regular Chromecast, too. The majority of that speed boost comes by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity.

The Chromecast Ultra sports an Ethernet port in its power brick. That physical connection should be useful for people whose Wi-Fi network lacks the necessary bandwidth for 4K video streaming. Much like the standard Chromecast, the Ultra is a 2.29" (58-mm) round disc with a short integrated HDMI cable.

Google says the Ultra will be able to stream content from Netflix, Vudu, and Youtube at launch. The company expects to add support for Google Play Movies in November. The Chromecast Ultra goes on sale in November for $69, roughly twice the price of the regular model.

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    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    Does the latest version still refuse to work at all if it can’t phone home to google? This has been a problem for me in the past (either in conference room setups where the hotel wants to charge you an outrageous fee for their WiFi password, or once when I was trying to cast to a remote projector without running 50’+ of video cable). It can be worked around using a phone as a hotspot, of course, but it’s a bit ridiculous that something used for local screencasting is a completely inert brick without internet connectivity.

      • ztrand
      • 3 years ago

      IIRC the default player inside the chromecast is actually a javascript player loaded at runtime from a google server. So it really needs an internet connection.

      (maybe the player is cached if it cant be loaded, i never really did any in-depth experiments with this)

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 3 years ago

    So by the looks of that stock photo, it’s supposed to just dangle off the end there. Did they really think that through?

    [i<]Five seconds later:[/i<] [url<]https://www.google.com/chromecast/static/images/tv/ultra-landing-hardware.jpg[/url<] ...How many people seriously signed off on this?

      • PBCrunch
      • 3 years ago

      The Chromecast is very light. Also, the Chromecast has a little magnet inside, so it won’t put much stress on the HDMI jack.

      • funko
      • 3 years ago

      this is not an issue.

      • UberGerbil
      • 3 years ago

      If it bothers you, a bit of double-sided tape (or matching bits of hook-and-loop tape) will secure it to the back of the screen for you. But, as others have noted, the package isn’t much heavier than a heavy-duty HDMI cable, and nobody seems concerned about those hanging off ports.

        • Duct Tape Dude
        • 3 years ago

        I believe you just suggested I use a securing medium other than duct tape. A part of my respect for you has been broken.

        (not to worry, I can fix it with duct tape)

          • DrDominodog51
          • 3 years ago

          Tbh Scotch tape is better. 🙂

            • Duct Tape Dude
            • 3 years ago

            Haha, autocorrect these days. If I didn’t know any better it’d look like you’re spewing blasphemy.

    • DancinJack
    • 3 years ago

    I’m glad they included both HDR formats. I’ll prob get one. They’re just so useful and work well.

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