There's no other way to describe it. This new gadget looks just like a little hockey puck! But it could be EXACTLY what you were waiting for to cut the cord on your huge cable bill. Follow along and I'll show you how.
The "cutting the cord" movement is gaining popularity and drawing people away from cable to on-demand Internet video streaming. That puts video streaming gadgets in high demand, which is prompting fierce competition and plenty of new gadgets.
I'm sure you've heard about Roku, Apple TV, Amazon's FireTV and Fire Stick, Google's Nexus Player and Chromecast, and the others. Now there's a new player in the game, and it's bringing some interesting features.
The newcomer is computer-maker Lenovo. It just announced the Lenovo Cast, which looks like a hockey puck and it plugs into any TV using HDMI connections.
The Lenovo Cast hooks up to your Wi-Fi network so it can stream media from smartphones, tablets and computers. In that way, it works just like Google's Chromecast rather than other standalone players.
Like Chromecast, the Lenovo Cast supports the Google Cast standard, so anything that works with Chromecast should work with it. Unlike Chromcast, however, it also supports DLNA for streaming from home media servers, Blu-ray and other DLNA-compatible gadgets, and Miracast, which is an up and coming streaming standard.
Lenovo claims that Lenovo Cast will go beyond video and let you show anything from your smartphone or tablet screen on your TV.
At $49, the Lenovo Cast going to cost a bit more than the Chromecast's $35, but it also offers up more options Chromecast doesn't. If that sounds interesting, you can look for the Lenovoa Cast in August when it is scheduled to hit store shelves.
Interested in learning more about the current crop of streaming gadgets? Click here for my handy comparison chart.