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BBC iPlayer and BT Sport apps have Chromecast references buried within

While still unofficial, Google's Chromecast looks set to launch this coming week in the UK. Folks are rightfully excited and wondering which of our local apps might be updated with support for it. Android Central Forums member SmItH197 has been digging around inside the BT Sport application and found multiple Chromecast references within.

This follows a similar report from the folks at Android Police who've reported on some similar digging, this time within the BBC iPlayer application. As with the BT Sport app, there were references found that match with other applications that already have Cast support. Neither app has had support turned on yet, so if you've a U.S. import like I do we'll still have to wait. But if all goes according to what we've seen so far, we might be enjoying some local Chromecast action pretty soon.

Source: Android Central Forums, Android Police

There are 16 comments

fuzzylumpkin says:

Good news! I couldn't care less about BT sport, but well done to the fellow that dug it up.

I'll be interested to see if 4od gets support, given that it gives a snotty message if you connect your phone to your TV to try and watch.

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SmItH197 says:

Your welcome ;)

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SmItH197 says:

I did a quick scan of the android manifest file for 4od and couldn't see anything. But I didn't dig too deep.

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brendonsled says:

Still hasn't launched in Canada.
Pretty sad we continuously get the shaft from Google,

It hasn't launched anywhere besides the U.S. yet...

seanjenkins says:

Good news about BT sport. Be great if sky do the same. Although pretty certain they won't

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TonyHoyle says:

Sky will never support Chromecast. They want you to buy their now TV box or get multi room - CC would be a revenue loss for them.

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t_hom_as says:

If you want something Chromecast-like to view Sky on you're going to have to buy the new Roku Streaming Stick. Sky have invested in Roku (I guess their Now TV box is one of the older Roku boxes re-branded).

I plan to buy both the Chromecast and the Roku stick - best of both worlds!

TonyHoyle says:

Yes the now TV box is a roku 2 with sky branded firmware and a limited selection of channels (sky approved only).

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GothBoyUK says:

But even if you subscribe to everything on Sky you are unable to view ANY of it via NowTV without another subscription.

Sky Go let's you watch many of your already subscribed channels on a digital platform (eg phone, tablet, PC) but prevents casting. Hence why a Sky Go App for Roku or Chromecast is needed.

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bobbob1016 says:

Makes sense. I used to be able to start a stream from a device behind a VPN, now I can't. I was able to tell my CC to stream something from Chrome on my PC behind my Work VPN, and now I can't. Seems they're checking the initiating IP vs the CC IP now, to prevent people from getting iPlayer and alike outside the UK I guess.

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Alan_UK says:

BBC iPlayer support would definitely be a killer app for this - fingers-crossed! (I've got the one I bought in the US already attached so good to go when they want to switch on support!

gadgetuk99 says:

It's available for bbc iPlayer now, just waiting on BT sport and ::) will be happy :)

JwK_ says:

Talking of local support, the web page (not phone app) of swedish state television now supports chromecasting all clips, news broadcasts and shows. No live channel feed though. So support is most likely gonna explode soon in many countries. Note that Chromecast is not sold by google in Sweden either.

Zig261 says:

It's coming out for UK tomorrow to begin its international release. I assume the EU will be next on Google's list very soon.
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