Seems Google is quick study of all other companies who are great at shooting themselves in the foot by not allowing people to use their bought devices as they want and generating negative PR by doing so.
Maybe its just me but for a person with a family, the ONLY use for this device was to watch videos from their PC. Home movies, youtube, etc. I am positive that a busy family is not going to be happy with you capitalizing the TV just to read webpages. Kids want to watch cartoons and such not to mention you have a monitor for doing that.
I can't see any other use for this device now that you can't stream things locally. AFAIK Xbox and PS3 have netflix.
Maybe I'm just exhausted and not seeing the picture but... I don't understand this move except maybe google trying to sell content in an already saturated market
Much better than Chromecast is Miracast TV -- which doesn't limit the content you display like Chromecast does, and a new Miracast HD Wireless adapter ($39) became available this week, which offers a lot more features and works much more like Apple's $100+ Airplay Wireless display technology --
One of the first U.S. sites to carry this new device is Tablet Sprint – worth checking out for this alone... and for a few new Android tablets to launch this month.
OMG. Google... are you crazy? A big chunk of the VALUE of the device is (was) it's local streaming ability. Taking PR lessons from Micro$oft now, are we? Heck, why not put a proprietary cable on there, while you're at it. Way to alienate your customers.
Google never claimed to support the feature so don't expect a pat on the shoulder if you bought it. It was a modded in ability that was obviously going to be patched. Google wants to use it to sell pay services and it's own Google play content, just like Nexus. Bottom line, it's 35$, you get 35$ worth, which is about nothing. That's why better devices cost more kids.