Thursday , April 27 2017

Google announces new services/apps and local content streaming for Chromecast

That US$35 dongle just got a whole lot more useful this morning with Google announcing 10 new services and Apps that are compatible with Chromecast.

Amongst the services are action sports, news, music videos services such as :

And the big one which we’ve all been waiting for, the ability to stream local media from your phone or tablet over Plex(PlexPass required), Avia(Chromecasting via $2.89 IAP) or RealPlayer Cloud.

We’re still checking out all the Apps and services that have become available this morning but there seems to be some commments about Vevo being available in the US only. We’re also speaking to Fishpond about getting their Chromecast orders back up and running after they ran out of stock, but for now, those of you who purchased early should be able to play nicely with the new functions, for those who don’t have a Chromecast why not fill in the Ausdroid Reader Survey for your chance to win one!

Source: Chrome Blog.

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  • whispy_snippet

    I had Vevo running this morning on my Chromecast (I’m in Australia).

    • subnoize

      Where did you grab yours from?

      • whispy_snippet

        I was one of the lucky ones who ordered when Amazon had a glitch with their website. There was a brief window for people outside of the US to order a Chromecast at around $50 Australian including shipping.

  • Fred

    DLNA/uPnP renderer

    Until google swallow their pride and implement this, chromecast is dead to me. Plex doesn’t cut it.

    • Checking out Avia tonight, but it seems to be a good solution, although $2.89 just to test it out is a bit much.

      • MrJayTee74

        How did you go with Avia?

        • Not well, still does nothing for me.Setting up a Wireless Access point right next to it this weekend to conduct further tests

  • whispy_snippet

    What a kinda find annoying is people whinging that Chromecast hasn’t allowed them to stream their local media (read pirated media) on their TV. Some people seem to think that buying Google’s $35 dongle means Google owes them the ability to seamlessly steal copyright material. I’m not having a go at people who consume pirate content. But I do think it’s a bit rich to slam Google for not helping people do it.

    • MarkS

      I haven’t received my Chromecast yet, but can it stream videos/photos I’ve taken with my tablet to my TV. Surely sharing videos of the kids is OK.

      • whispy_snippet

        I believe you’ll be able to do it through apps like Plex with official support through the Android OS itself likely not far away.

    • MrJayTee74

      Great point. It’s worth noting that it’s not particularly easy for Australians to pay
      for media. The list of web/streaming based content providers that work in
      Australia are pretty slim and I don’t think VPN hackery is an acceptable use of
      their T&C’s, so suggesting that circumventing that in order to make payment
      to them is void. I guess we could use iTunes (BARF). Until Netflix, Hulu, HBO
      and company will take my money, I don’t really think I/we have much choice but
      to acquire media by alternate means (and then not moaning that Chromecast won’t
      play it ; P

    • Fred

      Talk about building a strawman.

      The point is a DLNA renderer is literally the most obvious, direct thing you could do with a chromecast device. Passing it a URL to stream a video file from is right at the core of the API. However google have avoid doing this basic thing for local content, functionality that the majority of users want, in favour of allowing paid for providers to put their niche apps on the thing.

      If google had given away the device, you might have a case. But since the user is expected to pay, then the user has the right to expect the provider to do what the user wants – and provide the DLNA renderer (or at least not get in the way).

      Google is actively doing evil in this situation.

      • whispy_snippet

        I wasn’t specifically targeting you (if I was I would have replied to you directly). It was more a general observation of the sentiment floating across the web that Google owes people a method to steal.

  • David Anderton

    I just want to be able to play games on my phone and use my TV screen. When Chromecast can do this I will be a happy chappy.

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