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The Chromecast with Google TV remote. 

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Google’s TV ambitions have long been cloudy. In 2013, the company’s first Chromecast helped usher in an era of streaming televisions, but did so by relying on your phone, tablet or computer to supply the apps and video. Android TV, which arrived in 2014, added an interface and TV-specific apps, but never reached the same popularity level of rival streamers from Amazon, Roku and Apple. The all-new $50 Chromecast with Google TV is the search giant’s best TV effort yet and one of the best streamers you can buy, period.

Like

  • Useful remote
  • Large app selection, including HBO Max and Peacock
  • Makes excellent use of the Google Assistant
  • Ties in well with YouTube TV, Google Photos