The Google Chromecast has been around in some form since 2013 and it is a hugely useful way to view Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming services. But despite hardware updates and the release of the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra, you are still stuck with your phone as an improvised Chromecast remote.
Although Google does not sell a Chromecast with a remote control (although it may be time to release one), it is technically possible to use your standard TV remote control to operate your Chromecast, and it is surprisingly easy. Here is everything you need to know about how you can make your Chromecast work with your TV remote.
Also read: Hello Google, why can't I buy a Chromecast with a remote control?
How to enable Chromecast remote support with HDMI-CEC
To use your TV remote control to control your Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, you must first enable something that is HDMI-CEC (or HDMI Consumer Electronics Control) ) is called. This allows your TV to send signals from your remote control back via the HDMI port and to the Chromecast.
HDMI-CEC is available on most modern TVs, but older models may not support this. To complicate matters, many manufacturers have their own name for the technology. Here is a short list of some of the most popular brands and their names for HDMI-CEC:
- AOC: E-link
- Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
- Insignia: INlink
- LG: SimpLink
- Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI, Realink for HDMI
- Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive for HDMI)
- Panasonic: Viera Link , HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync
- Philips: EasyLink, Fun-Link
- Pioneer: Kuro Link
- Samsung: Anynet +
- Sharp: Aquos Link  Sony: Bravia Link, Bravia Sync, Control for HDMI
- Toshiba: CE-Link, Regza Link
- Vizio: CEC
To use your TV, remove To get your Chromecast, all you have to do is to enable HDMI-CEC in your TV settings. It is usually disabled by default, but once enabled, your Chromecast automatically accepts certain commands from your TV's remote control.
Which Chromecast commands can my TV remote control handle?
Before using the latest Netflix Original series, you need to know that remote Chromecast support has some serious limitations. In fact, it only supports two & # 39; s commands: pause and play.
Chromecasts only support the pause and play buttons on TV remote controls.
Although the HDMI-CEC protocol allows full control of the deck (fast forward, rewind, etc.).), The Chromecast only allows the two most common commands. That said, there is a possibility that more assignments will be added in the future.
If you absolutely must have full remote support for Chromecast, consider buying an Android TV box. These devices can also cast popular streaming services, but they come with a special remote control. Our favorite is the 2019 Nvidia Shield TV, which comes with a remote control and the ability to play games locally or via the cloud with GeForce Now. Another alternative is the Mi Box S from Xiaomi, which is considerably cheaper for just $ 69 and still supports 4K output.
Read also: Nvidia Shield TV review 2019: the best Android TV box, again
That it is for our manual to operate your Chromecast with a TV remote control. We keep an eye on news about extensive HDMI-CEC support to keep this article up-to-date!
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