Well hello there and thanks for reading another post in the Things You Should Know Series. What exactly is the Things You Should Know Series? It is a series of posts in which I tell you about things that can enhance your experience as an anime or manga fan. As well as present how to guides on how to do things you probably don’t know how to or didn’t know you could do to make your experience all the more better.
Having talked to people and realizing some have no clue about certain things or certain things that have appeared in the community. I decided I would just inform people and show them how to find and do stuff.
Those who follow me are already familiar with this series, but I’m sure a good amount of you who don’t follow me has at least read one article from this series if you’re on Amino or have visited my site before. So what do I have for you all today? I’m going to talk about three devices you can use to stream anime onto the Tv. No smart Tv is required and all you will need is to have a new or old Tv with an HDMI port.
So this is broken down into three parts.The first part is on the Chromecast, the second is on Roku, and the final part is on the Apple Tv I will break down the pros and cons as well as endorse the one which you should go with. As well as show you the features and how to use the devices.
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4.Any other major electronic retailer online or in a physical store
One big word for this small streaming device. Amazing! That’s the only word that can describe it. If you’re going to stream anime from any website on your computer or apps on your phone like Crunchyroll, Hulu, or Netflix this small device with an HDMI port that you use to plug it into the HDMI port in the back of your Tv is king.
It is created by google and costs thirty-five dollars. The price is adjusted for other countries but should be the equivalent of thirty-five dollars whatever currency compared to U.S. currency. I swear to god it’s the best thirty-five dollars I ever invested in an electronic device. So let me break down what it can do.
This device is compatible with all computers, smartphones, and tablets. All you need is to be able to get the free Google Home app for whatever device you have through the android and iTunes store. If you have a computer the only requirement is that you can install and use the chrome web browser because you will need it to install the Chromecast app extension from the chrome web store (with this newly updated post all current chrome web browsers now have the extension already included).
You install the Chromcast app extension into your Chrome browser and the rest is simple. It activates and whatever website you visit in the browser can be cast onto your TV as long as the Chromecast is plugged into the TV.
Remember you will need to connect the computer and Chromecast through your wifi which is easy to learn how to do and which I will show you. As well as also showing you the steps for smartphones and tablets teaching you how to cast. Nothing better than showing the device in action so you get a feel for it.
It can do any website and cast it including any video or music from the site. I’m not kidding! Sso this will be good for those of you who do illegal streaming because I understand in quite a bit of countries some people don’t have access to Crunchyroll, Funimation, Daisuki, Hulu, and Netflix for various reasons and are forced to go illegal. Luckily some of the streaming sites are designed to fit Chromecast.
They are Hulu, Crunchyroll, Netflix, Funimation, Youtube, and several others the list is long. Don’t worry though any site can work and has a smooth transition on the screen. For sites that are not the above five I mentioned. All you have to do to make the video wide screen and large on the tv is enlarge the video on your computer like you would normally do if you want it to be fullscreen.
All the sound from the computer or other devices including images will be transferred to the tv and then you can control the sound for the shows from your tv. The Chromecast also casts in HD all the way to 1080 and higher. It will adjust to whatever tv you have even if it’s not HD and will also adjust for whatever quality you make the video automatically. I use this device all the time to watch anime on a bigger screen and in better quality.
It feels like I’m watching normal tv as it switches from episode to episode. That’s another thing as it moves from video to video you don’t have to do anything the transition is smooth and when you fast forward on the computer it will fast forward on the tv. Crunchyroll and Youtube even save videos from where you left off like a playlist.
You can also cast from your smartphone and tablet but this works a little different. With the phone, you can only cast from legally approved apps. So for those of you that watch illegally you’re going to have to do it from your computers and cast. The apps you can stream from are. Youtube, Netflix, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Hulu, Crunchyroll, HBO. There is also a home menu within the cast app that shows you TV and movies from your apps based on your preferences.
It’s important to note in this updated post for 2017 that now android devices can cast their screen outside the legally approved apps. So for those of you that can only watch illegally, you will be able to cast from a website from your phone or tablet just like the computer.
Basically, anything that is legal streaming including stuff from the google play store for android both movies, tv, and music. The same thing applies to apple phones except you can’t cast from iTunes but you can do everything else with the other apps including the music apps.
So it’s time to get into what it looks like. I have a series of steps and pictures from my own computer and smart devices so let’s get started. We will start with the computer first.
Make sure to download chrome web browser for your computer from google if you don’t have it already its free. Go to the chrome web store through the browser and get Chromecast app extension for the computer. (This only applies to those that don’t have the version of the chrome web browser that already comes with the extension.)
After that click on cast icon to begin setup make sure Chromecast is plugged into TV. You will see cast menu click on setup new cast device.
It will show a signal for device click on the name to begin setup. For those who don’t use the generic name for their device, you can name it as you see with mine.
It will begin and it will ask if you see a code on the TV. It should appear the same on TV click yes.
Here on my TV
It will then ask for your WiFi network and password so it will sync with all the devices. Do that and then you’re done.
Here’s an example of how to cast from the computer. I will cast anime news network to show you it can do any site even without the video.
Anime news network click cast icon on the upper right.
Here it is on my TV and I can scroll and everything
Now onto the phone which works differently.
For the phone, you will have to install the Google Home app from your Itunes or Google Play Store. Then you connect the phone and Chromecast device through your wifi just like you do the computer. It will ask for a code which will show on your tv. Make sure it’s the same code on your device.
Here’s an example from my device.
Got the app from the store for my device. (Important Note the app is now called Google Home as of 2017 but the instructions to set up are still the same. Though there is a new feature that allows you to set it up through blue tooth on your phone if you want that option).
Here’s the setup menu when in the app to get here click on devices header. Click the setup button
It will begin setup
It will show the code and you should see the same picture on your TV. Hit yes when you see it.
It will take you to the WiFi menu enter the password for your WiFi make sure to select your network. It will sync with your device and Chromecast.
It will tell you the cast is done and you will see the Chromecast activated on TV with beautiful pictures on standby waiting for you to cast. You can also setup your own pictures and wallpaper of whatever you want which is neat. You will even be able to use your computer to cast. Once activated any device can be used and it saves your network so you won’t have to do it again unless you remove the device from TV.
From there all you do is cast from your apps the ones that are approved. You will see a little box icon when you’re in whatever app. The casting from the phone or tablet is smooth. You can also adjust the screen rate rewind and fast forward on your app your casting from and it will work on the TV. Here’s an example from my Crunchyroll app.
Here is the Crunchyroll show menu on my phone notice the cast icon in the upper right.
It brings up my Chromecast device and I click it to cast and stream.
The episode is cast on the TV and on my device there is a menu with episode summary from here I can control the episode. Like change the video quality or pause, forward, and rewind.
Here’s what it looks like on my TV I paused Attack On Titan.
The Chromecast is a great value for what it can do. Plus you can use it for a whole bunch of other sites besides anime if anime isn’t your only thing. I’m surprised it doesn’t cost more actually it should cost a lot more for what it can do. Grab it if you can while the prices are still cheap though I think google will keep it at that price for a long time of a while.
The only downside to using the Chromecast is for computers you need the Chrome Web Browser. Another con is you need wifi to be able to cast. Lastly, for smartphones that aren’t android, you can only cast using approved apps.
Price: $50-$130 depending on what version you go with.
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5.Any other major electronic retail or online store
Ah yes, some of you have heard of Roku. Is it good? Yes, it is but it has limitations the Chromecast doesn’t. What are those limitations? Well, it costs a lot more than a Chromecast. When you buy it you’re paying for the pre-installed apps that come with it. Yes, pre-installed as in their only some apps for the Roku you can get that already come with it depending on the version and level you buy.
It ranges anywhere from eighty to more than a hundred dollars depending on where you buy it and what version of the device you want. Luckily no matter what version you get you can get Netflix, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu.You get the apps on it by installing it onto the Roku through the Roku app store. (Keep in mind In this guide I’m talking about the premiere standard version.)
Here’s what it looks like on my TV.
You are limited to the apps within the app store. Sorry guys who do illegal streaming especially if you’re in another country and can’t get Crunchyroll, Funimation, Netflix, or Hulu you’re basically screwed so avoid the Roku at all costs. Instead, go with the Chromecast or if you have the money Apple Tv which I will get into soon and save yourself a headache.
If you’re in a country that gets all those services then this is an option. Roku is more time consuming to set up and not as portable as Chromecast. Chromecast you can use anywhere as long as the place you’re at has a tv and wifi connection.
Roku, of course, adjusts to your tv and streams well.It’s not really casting like the Chromecast all your doing is streaming through apps. So there’s no need for a computer and phone. All you need is an internet connection and wifi. The Roku comes with instructions on how to set it up.
Also, another thing to note is that the navigation is clunky using the Roku remote so it takes longer to navigate through shows. Luckily you can cast from the same apps on your smartphone that are on the Roku. So navigate from your phone through the Roku app then cast onto the Roku.
Another plus to the Roku just like the Chromecast is you have a ton of other options in programming if anime isn’t the only thing you watch.
Now it’s time I get into the third part about the Apple Tv which is a new edition to this blog post. In my original post, I only covered Chromecast and Roku because at the time two years ago Apple Tv had just come out and since then both the new 2016 version and old 2014 version have gotten major software updates.
Price: 32 Gigabyte $139.00 4th Generation, 64 Gigabyte $200.00 or older version $80.00
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1. Best Buy
Updates in my opinion that make Apple Tv king of the hill. I personally only recently just switched over to Apple devices another reason it wasn’t in the old blog post. I hadn’t tried Apple Tv out yet and I can only talk about what I have personally used.
If you combine Chromecast and Roku together Apple Tv is what you get and then some. You hook it up to your tv like a Chromecast or Roku using an HDMI. If you have the old version which is cheaper than the new version just like Roku it comes preinstalled with apps.
The old version doesn’t have the FUNimation app and it does have Crunchyroll but that doesn’t matter. I recommend you get the latest version of Apple Tv because that one you can install any app from the iTunes store including video games.
Though the big thing that makes both versions king is Airplay. Airplay allows you to mirror and cast you screen or apps from any Apple device onto the Apple Tv which directs it to your tv screen.
So for those of you that can’t access legal sites, you will be able to cast illegal sites onto your tv. The casting is very simple so much so that I don’t need to give instructions for setup or include pictures. Just hit airplay on your device’s menu that’s all there is to it.
Here’s an example and instruction anyway just for those that want it. The first two parts are for the first time mirroring after initial setup you can cast automatically.
Pull up the dashboard on your Apple device and select Airplay Mirroring your Apple Tv should be already on and setup. An icon will pop up showing the Apple Tv select the device.
It will ask for a password the code for it will appear on the tv screen enter the password you see.
It will cast and here’s the screen from my phone
Here it is on the tv.
Heres Crunchyroll showing on tv from inside the app.
I select the video from inside the app and it casts on the tv.
The problem is the only devices that can cast are Apple devices and if you don’t have an apple computer, tablet, phone, or iPod you’re out of luck. Without them, your Apple tv just becomes another Roku and loses what Chromecast can do. Another con is Apple Tv is more expensive than Chromecast or Roku.
Personally, I have used all three and would recommend the Chromecast over Roku and the Apple Tv. Though if you’re an Apple person and have the majority of those devices and money isn’t an issue I would go with the Apple TV.