Disney are great at making music for their films. Award-winning songs that accompany their equally applauded big-screen masterpieces have become part of the general musical knowledge we all possess. However, as we get older these songs have become almost over-familiar with us, as well as a little too sugary-sweet for every day consumption.
For example, the recent runaway success Disney has had with Frozen, and its popularity with our 4-year-old daughter, has meant that the soundtrack CD has been a permanent fixture in our car for many weeks now, and shows no sign of leaving soon. The lead track, Let It Go sung by Idina Menzel (or was it Adele Dazeem) won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the play count from our copy alone supports this! Therefore, you can imagine my delight when I discovered that Disney released DCONSTRUCTED.
I recently bought Google’s latest attempt to integrate into our TV viewing habits – the Chromecast. While the hardware has been around for a while (available to purchase in the States since last July), it has only just been released in the UK.
Priced at £30 it is cheap enough for the average consumer to take a punt, and effectively turns a regular cheap TV into a smart TV of sorts, allowing companion apps and websites, like Netflix, Google Music and the BBC iPlayer, to stream content from a variety of devices to the new device. This works fairly well – Netflix and iPlayer seems flawless in tests, and even the more experimental features, such as “casting” a tab from Chrome to the telly, worked with few issues (there is a short delay, which is acceptable for some purposes, but not for others). I imagine that as the platform matures, performance will improve and the library of compatible (and useful) apps will increase.
However, I’m wondering if Google have missed a trick here. The Chromecast fits into a standard HDMI port, with a seperate micro-USB connection to power it. And that’s it. But what if they had made the device a pass-through, allowing the Chromecast to have another HDMI source plugged into the back of it? Not only would have this freed up a HDMI port (which on a cheaper TV is a godsend) but it allows the Chromecast to perform a couple of extra tricks.