Chromecast Ultra: Cast Now Supports UHD & HDR

The Chromecast has done very well since it was introduced in the summer of 2013, shipping over 30 million units. This has been a mix of their video Chromecasts and the new Chromecast Audio devices.

Now Chromecast is getting more powerful with the Chromecast Ultra. It supports the ability to cast video natively in 4K as well as supporting HDR. It is expected to work with a growing number of devices, including Google Play Movies & TV. They’ll start serving UHD content in November. In the meantime, third-party app developers should be able to easily get their videos playing in full 4K without much work.

How well will your Chromecast stream 4K video over Wi-Fi? Even with Google Wi-Fi, it may be hard to get the necessary bandwidth to do so. The Chromecast Ultra is also going to have an Ethernet port as part of the power adapter which will give it better connectivity.

When can you get it? That’s a good question. The device is currently waitlisted, but should be available in November. You can join the waitlist in the Google Store. The device will cost $70 for consumers, which is the same price as the Mi Box but without getting Android TV as well.

What do you think about this device? Let us know in the comments below.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker)Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop.Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Qriss

    Is there any news regarding the built in Cast (soon called ‘Home’) function in Android TV?
    I would hope they can update it to 4K and HDR

    • anthony garera

      Hi Qriss,

      Good question, we see it’s possible for 4K as Vizio’s SmartCast(aka just a Google Cast Reciever) does it but to my knowledge no Android TV devices built in or not do it via casting, it’s all via native apps example being Netflix, Youtube etc. As for HDR that one is a tough one, I would assume it varies on a case by case basis if the device and the TV support it, Sony TVs may work? I know I have the devices but not the TV to do a demo to test this theory. Hopefully in the upcoming months I’ll get my hands on a TV to try as such.

      Thanks,
      Anthony

      • Qriss

        Hi Anthony

        I’m new to the Sony HDR TV aswell and really liked the idea of an integrated Cast function. But this could actually turn out to be limiting…

        I will do a couple of tests with 4K/HDR content and different apps in the next few days.