# Chromecast turns one: why this small streaming stick became such a big deal

One year ago today, Google(S GOOG) surprised the world by announcing Chromecast, a small dongle that makes it possible to stream YouTube, Netflix(S NFLX) and other online media services to the TV. At the time, Chromecast was radically different from any of the other streaming devices out there — and since then, it has begun to change how we think about smart TVs, and the intersection of mobile devices and living room entertainment.