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A new Chromecast with Google TV is in the pipeline

A third Chromecast with Google TV model could be on the way, but will it replace the 4K variant?
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January 13, 2023
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TL;DR
  • A third Chromecast with Google TV model is apparently in the pipeline.
  • This could be a successor to the original model, which launched in 2020.

The Chromecast with Google TV is one of the better streaming gadget families around, offering a small form factor, full Google TV support, and attractive pricing. We’ve already seen the original 4K model and the cheaper 1080p device, but it sounds like a third model could be on the way.

9to5Google dug into a preview version of the Google Home app and confirmed mentions of a new Chromecast with Google TV device dubbed “YTC.” For what it’s worth, the original model is apparently referred to as “YTV,” while the HD device is called “YTB.”

There were no additional details for this third device, but the outlet suggests it could be a replacement for the original 4K-toting model. This makes sense, as the original Chromecast with Google TV launched in September 2020, while the 1080p model was only launched in September 2022. So we’re definitely due for a 4K refresh, if anything.

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We’re guessing that this new model will offer support for AV1 decoding, allowing for higher quality streams with the same bandwidth or the same quality with reduced bandwidth. After all, Google has reportedly been pushing for increased AV1 adoption in both Android TV devices and Android itself.

Otherwise, we decried the limited amount of storage in our Chromecast with Google TV review, so we hope to see more internal storage and more options for expandable storage (e.g. microSD card slot or a second USB-C port).