Google’s new Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player is positioned extremely well to serve as a link between your phone, tablet or computer and your television. Unlike Roku and Apple TV, the device is extremely small and takes advantage of the computing power of the remote device (e.g. the tablet) rather than adding another computing system with its own remote. Chromecast simply streams high definition video from a sticklike device that connects to one of your TV’s HDMI inputs and accepts video wirelessly pushed from smartphones, tablets, and the Chrome browser.
Once your Chromecast is set up, you can use your phone, tablet or laptop to browse and cast content to your TV, play and pause, control the volume, and more. But unlike other streaming solutions, you can still multitask—send emails or surf the web—while enjoying what’s on the TV screen. It works across platforms—Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Windows (more to come), so your personal device is also now your remote control. — Chrome Blog
For a limited time, you can purchase the Chromecast for $35 and get three months of Netflix free (even if you are an existing user!). That brings the net price of the Chromecast down to about $10.