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1,650Google has confirmed its soon to be released Chromecast Ultra will support Ultra HD 4K as well as High Dynamic Range (HDR) video streaming.
Also, fittingly, announced by Google was the fact the Ultra HD content would soon become available to rent or buy through Google Play Movies & TV, although details on whether any of that will be HDR flavoured weren’t announced.
The Chromecast Ultra will be priced at £69 on launch and supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which will give it maximum compatibility with the various streaming services supporting HDR in addition to Google Cast.
The Chromecast works with Google Cast enabled apps that allow you to select what you want to watch on your phone, browser or tablet and then the streaming info is sent to and played back via the dongle.
Google claims the new Chromecast loads video 1.8x as quick as the current model and there’s an Ethernet port built-in to the power adapter, which is good news as the high bitrates demanded by 4K and/or HDR video might be too much for many home Wi-Fi networks to handle. For those with fast and robust wireless the Ultra does also support dual band 2.4/5Ghz up to 802.11ac.
The Chromecast Ultra also works in tandem with the new Google Home product, which is much like the Amazon Echo, i.e. it’s a wireless speaker with voice control and assistance, meaning you will be able to find and launch video content using voice commands.
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