Audio only streams and support for BBC Sport app on the cards
The UK finally has Chromecast, and with it came BBC iPlayer as a launch partner. Alongside this, the BBC's Chris Yanda, has been explaining why Chromecast support came about and what lies ahead. And it's all good news.
One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices. Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers.
Score one for Chromecast, then. In terms of what lies ahead, the BBC is planning to add Chromecast support to the next version of the iPlayer web client so it can be used in conjunction with Chrome. The good news doesn't end there, either. There's much more to come.
I've already mentioned that the BBC will be enabling Chromecast support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of BBC iPlayer, and that we will be looking at adding support for audio-only streams. Aside from this and making tweaks and improvements to the existing BBC iPlayer application, we will also be working with other development teams in the BBC to add Chromecast support to other apps like the BBC Sport app.
Brits had to wait a while to get hold of Chromecast, but with big time support promised from a major media outlet like the BBC we're excited to see how it takes off.