Google tries to tap into Internet TV

Claire Cain Miller / New York Times News Service /

SAN FRANCISCO — Google is trying again to tackle the television.

On Wednesday, the company introduced Chromecast, a $35, 2-inch stick that plugs into TVs and enables people to watch online video, listen to music and see images from laptops, tablets or phones on the TV screen — and to use their other devices as a remote control.

“We are closing the gap between TV and mobile devices,” Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president for Chrome and Android, said in an interview after a news conference.

Nearly half of all peak Internet traffic in North America comes from YouTube and Netflix, he said, and people want to be able to watch those videos on the big screen.

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