On a whim I got myself a Google Chromecast device the other day. It has since become a standard piece of household kit in routine use. It allows you to send pictures and movies that would appear on your PC or tablet, to a nearby TV screen.
That doesn't sound particularly exciting, but combined with suitable software on the Android tablet, it makes for an improved telly-watching experience. Mine is an old TV, no internet connectivity and bought before the days of HDTV, and the Chromecast occupies one of its two HDMI slots.
A nice piece of Android software called Molotov lets you watch live TV and record chosen programmes, so together with Chromecast it eliminates the need for both an HD tuner box and a video recorder. We're free trialling a Netflix sub (for the second time) and the Chromecast eliminates the hassle of having to connect up the tablet to the TV via the HDMI cable every time. YouTube videos too are easier to watch on the big screen. The tablet acts like a remote controller.
The thing seems to configure itself easily enough and I got it working in a few minutes. It didn't start properly again the next day though, and I had to reset the router (i.e. turn it off and on again) to get it to work. Apart from these teething troubles it seems to work reliably (touch wood).
Picture quality is good; it starts out pretty rought but sharpens up in a few seconds.