The hottest thing in streaming video is the new Google Chromecast, a simple plug-in stick that turns your TV into a Web-streaming device.
The $35 gadget went on sale Friday morning at Best Buy stores nationwide and online but sold out in minutes.
Many Best Buy stores around the country were sold out by noon Friday, after putting their first shipments on sale at 10 a.m. Some, however, are not putting their stock out until Sunday morning (the official sale date), so you may want to call the store and check.
Most stores received just 10 of the devices, managers told us.
Stores expect more sometime next week.
It is also sold out and on back order , on Amazon BestBuy.com and Google Play.
Why is it so hot?
The Google Chromecast is the first thumb-drive to simply plug in to your TV and give you Netflix, YouTube and other Web videos.
It essentially does the same thing a Roku or Apple TV box does but with fewer cables and a lower price tag ($35 instead of $99).
All you do is plug it into an HDMI port in the back or side of an HDTV. A wire coming out of it leads to a USB plug, which you then plug into your TV's USB slot (most now have one), or a computer nearby.
The USB plug is needed to power the device, as HDMI ports do not provide power.
What if you can't find one?
Remember, if you already have an XBox, Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation, you already have everything you need to turn your TV into a web streaming device.
If you have a new "Smart TV," streaming is already built in and you don't need this.
However, the Google Chromecast is expected to make streaming so easy at such a low price that some reviewers are calling it the "Holy Grail of Web TV," the killer app that puts Hulu and Netflix on everyone's set.
But CNET feels some of the gushing reviews are overrated: CNET's review says it is a simple $35 device that is really just a simple $35 device, nothing more.
As always don't waste your money.
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