Chromecast

VEVO, Plex, Songza highlight list of 10 additions

Google this morning announced a new cadre of apps for its Chromecast streaming appliance — as well as the ability to cast local content to your TV.

The new apps include the likes of VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod. And you'll be able to stream local media from your phone or tablet over Plex, Avia or RealPlayer Cloud. Not quite the same as the direct casting we've been hoping for, but it's better than nothing at this point.

Google says the new apps will be available "over the next few days."

Source: Google

 
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YES! This is fantastic news!

EDIT: Mostly because of the local media streaming abilities. But this shows that Chromecast dev is moving forward. This may help seal the deal for me to buy it for people as a Christmas gift.

shaycay says:

so you think i could download a movie, and stream it to my tv through the chromecast now?

NickLippert says:

As long as it is in a format supported by one of the players listed.

anthonok says:

Sounds that way. Not sure of the limitations.

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Saneless says:

Google TV came with Avia and it is a complete piece of garbage.. so don't get too excited about it.

jerrybringer says:

you are garbage

Saneless says:

You have no idea how much that made me laugh. Well, now you do, and it was quite a bit.

jerrybringer says:

:) Glad to hear it buddy

MERCDROID says:

It takes garbage to know garbage, lol. Seriously, he made a comment about a product. Why resort to name-calling?

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jerrybringer says:

That's funny because I am a garbage man

MERCDROID says:

Lol, nice. Lucky guess, lol.

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jerrybringer says:

and I am not excited about you mr negative

Craig King says:

Plex will do almost any format. This is fabulous news for plex users.

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kirbdust says:

If you push Control and "o" on your keyboard, you can open a downloaded movie in a tab on your browser.

snoapa says:

That is great news! Not sure if everyone is aware of this, but I just got a chromecast and realized that through Google Chrome you can play your local media files on your computer. You just simply press control+o in a tab and search for a movie or whatever is on your hard drive and it will play it.

Sadly I do not think this would work on a phone or tablet (to my knowledge at least!)

eagle865 says:

The chromecast is starting to look very appealing! I wish I had one

Robbzilla says:

Go sell some plasma and get yourself one. (unless you're in a country that can't get them. Then... apologies!)

BartmanJax says:

FINALLY!

Erckul says:

finally! local media streaming. time to put away the HDMI cable and use the Chromecast for it all !

MERCDROID says:

Yeah!!

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Rehzonance says:

Yeah.. Finally! :-)

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Thermalx says:

The Chromecast is slightly discounted on Amazon currently, not the $30 it was on Cyber Monday, but still slightly discounted vs Play.

hmmm says:

Not to mention free shipping and no tax for a lot of people. That equals a good $10 cheaper probably.

Impulses says:

It's actually the opposite for me, Play is currently offering free ground on the Chromecast (even though it's clearly not coming Ground to Puerto Rico!)... And they don't charge tax here, Amazon probably chargers a least $5 to ship it here (we've never had free shipping from them, Prime just gets us that but no 2 day).

Just ordered one, not sure if Plex / Avia will be good enough for quickly sharing photos and videos, but worst case scenario I'll just use it for music streaming. Even though I buy my music from Amazon, the Chromecast should still be slicker than my Tivo's music streaming over the network (or turning on a Bluetooth dongle on the AVR, connecting, etc).

Just gotta get around to uploading my music to Google...

I just got one at Walmart for $32. Today.

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Ikeman90 says:

THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!

kelayz says:

Where is twitch tv

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brillantesdv says:

its up to twitch.tv to make it compatible. last time i saw they werent making any efforts to support chromecast yet

thatguy97 says:

For $35 bucks I'm sooooo going to buy one

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Robbzilla says:

Heh... I bought 3... none of which were for me!

illwood says:

I am still hoping that Amazon Prime or Spotify will be supported by Chromecast soon.

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mkashen says:

Prime would be great!

dwd3885 says:

Amazon Prime needs an android app first. I guess iPad would still work though

one80oneday says:

You mean Chrome App

spielnicht says:

No, he really means an Android app. I still can't believe it's almost 2014 and we still don't have an Amazon Prime app for Android phones and/or tablets.

FleetAdmiral says:

Yeah, but Amazon has no incentive to put any effort into making Prime media available through dedicated apps for "other" ecosystems. We still don't even know how many Kindles (of any kind) have ever been sold, yet we know they're a big part of their overall broad plans. They'll just stick to their 15 year world domination schedule.

DirkBelig says:

Amazon's continued insistence on telling their Android-using Prime customers to FOADIAF is maddening. There is absolutely zero technical or logical reason for this slight, but no one seems to be able to get Amazon to publicly explain their actions. They'll sell MP3s and apps and Kindle content to us, but video is off-limits? And no, it doesn't make sense that they're trying to force us to buy Fires because if they wanted to funnel people toward their tablet, why support the iPad?

What I'd like to see is the ability to stream to my Chromecast from a NAS via DNLA. I have a networked drive full of stuff and to be able to stream it to my Chromecast instead of having to fire up my game consoles would be sweet.

vansmack says:

"What I'd like to see is the ability to stream to my Chromecast from a NAS via DNLA."

That's exactly what Plex and Avia do.

DirkBelig says:

After I posted that, I went poking around and discovered that; just didn't come back and edit my post.

frettfreak says:

This is awesome i had no idea! I will be looking at those now!

LS14EVR says:

What I'd like to see is the ability to stream to my Chromecast from a NAS via DNLA. I have a networked drive full of stuff and to be able to stream it to my Chromecast instead of having to fire up my game consoles would be sweet.

I agree!

Saneless says:

Actually, Amazon video works on Google TV.. but not on google phones. It also works on apple phones but not Apple TV. Amazon doesn't make one bit of sense. And they don't get money from me for content because they make it impossible to watch it conveniently.

xcsalt01 says:

They are making their content usable from anywhere, but only convenient from their tablets, or other forums that they can control and make money off of.

Yeah, I was disappointed to see that Spotify is still not supported as well

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Dan29466 says:

Are people confused by the terminology, or do you really not understand that Spotify is to blame, not Google? Saying "Spotify is still not supported" is wrong. Saying "Spotify still doesn't support Chromecast" is what you actually mean. If you want it to happen, complain to Spotify. They're the ones who need to implement it.

MERCDROID says:

Agreed. There are many apps that the Chromecast can support. Whether or not the developers decide to create that support is an issue that needs to be taken up with said developers, not Google.

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ricketkm says:

So how do I stream my videos and pics from my SD card?

jimrebello says:

My guess is you don't.

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rkirmeier says:

AVIA should do this...

natef9988 says:

Avia DOES do this

JustinNorCal says:

Very excited to see local content coming and BeyondPod app support

rd_ac says:

I think local streaming is misleading.. you need one of the cloud apps which actually stream media from the cloud and not locally..So you can't really stream from your Gallery.

talz13 says:

I'm not sure if I'd qualify Plex as streaming from the cloud. I just set plex up on my linux server last week, and it works fairly well. Technically, it's not streaming from your phone or tablet, but the stream is still "local" to my LAN, not originating online.

BradleyRuiz says:

Avia and Plex have local streaming but you need to pay for it AVIA is $2.99 and you need a DNLA server, for Plex you need a MyPlex subscription https://my.plexapp.com/subscription/about

and install the server app

natef9988 says:

False. You definitely don't need a DLNA server to stream local content with Avia.

I don't have a server, and I just finished casting footage that I shot with the same phone that I'm using Avia with. Not sure where that information is coming from.

pckocher says:

I agree. This is not exactly "local streaming" support.

Craig King says:

Really need to quantify local streaming. Local as from your mobile device no, but local as within your home network yes. In many ways that is the better and smarter way to do it. Especially when so many people now have NAS devices.

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jerrybringer says:

You dont need any cloud apps with Avia so IT REALLY IS LOCAL STREAMING :)

Awesomeness. For all of us "whiners", we finally got our wishes.

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mkashen says:

if you launch the chromecast app, and tap discover apps... you can pull up the list of apps now... unless i'm missing something.

P.S. is Plex worth it?

eerongal says:

Well, considering plex is free (plexpass subscription is optional), it's hard to gauge it's worth. :P

That said, I use plex and love it. It's essentially just a media library/manager. I have a dedicated server set up, and i've been streaming media to my chromecast using the normal chrome plugin, and it works just fine.

Probably the best part of plex is that it keeps track of what you watch, and how far you were into it, so you can easily keep up with whatever series you're watching, and resume movies you take a break from, etc. It also transcodes media to compatible/lower quality if you need it.

Other nice features of plex: You can watch your media when you aren't home if you get the plex app on android (costs a few bucks) or just use plex web from their website with your laptop

mkashen says:

jerk.

kidding! thanks for the reply, i'll set up plex tonight when I get home. how much are they paying you?

kidding again.

:)

eerongal says:

Hey now, there's an idea. I wonder if i can charge them a commission because i got you to install it.... :P

scottyhifi says:

If you have a decent media library it's worth it. Setting up the Plex server takes some time but once you have it up and running I have found it to be the best DLNA type media server out there. The app is great and the ability to share your media online is awesome. We rented a cabin this summer, brought the Roku, 5 minutes of setup and we were streaming a movie from our house 300 miles away...ah, nature.

Johnny Z says:

I'm hoping this is similar to BubbleUPnP. I have a Serviio server set up to play local content through Bubble on any DLNA renderer.

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NickLippert says:

Time to start playing around with my Chromecast again.

rudyy50 says:

+1

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Well, crap. Guess I need to stop putting off ordering mine.

Edit: Ordered! :D

mkashen says:

congrats! you won't regret it.

KidCuda says:

Reading closer at Google's post, you'll have to have one of the apps to cast your own stuff, doesn't look like it'll be available from just the gallery. Maybe with the updated Wireless Display/Cast to screen function in 4.4.1

Pretty much what our post says, too. :p

Interesting that it's being done that way.

Wow...thank god I've had Apple TV for 3yrs now...lol

heavyvino says:

Guess I should take it out of the box and play with it.

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mkashen says:

FYI Avia has an "Unlock Extras" feature in the settings that enables chromecast support (and other features) for $2.99.

MidMoMonkey says:

I wish they'd make one with a wired network connection and maybe analog or optical audio out. My tv doesn't move and a wired connection is so much better. I would also love to hook these up to little speakers all over the house.

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NickLippert says:

I bet there is a more Roku like device coming out in the next year. I'd love a Chromecast with an actual remote option as well so that I can use my harmony remote with it.

Cubfan says:

We need a local video player to support streaming. Something like MX player. Plex doesn't cut it.

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jimrebello says:

Now if only this thing was actually officially available where I live....

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Pseu says:

Starting to look possibly competitive with Roku, now that it can do Plex for local stuff.

SmItH197 says:

Available in the UK yet? I thought not.

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Badsheep says:

Which? The apps or chromecast?

Mighty_Red says:

Both really, Google have decided that nobody outside of the US matters so they not bothered to release it anywhere else! I think certain apps will work.

Not sure why Google don't want to release in other markets, I can understand the US-only initial release but 5 months on it's a little bit strange, don't they want to gain more customers?

I did think about getting a friend to grab me one from the States but without being able to stream from local devices I thought I would just wait until it is developed further. Maybe Google don't want my money anyway. I guess I'll just spend the money on beer instead :)

shaklee3 says:

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samkast says:

I see your point.

TonyHoyle says:

Google are a US company servicing their home market. They don't see the need to bother with other countries. At this point consider anything they do internationally to be a bonus. Forget about chromecast, voice, glass, 'OK google', etc. it ain't happening.

OTOH you can pick a chromecast from Amazon via an importer for £35 these days and that's probably what google would have charged anyway.

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FitzAusTex says:

Can anyone explain the hdmi input switching? If I'm on my cable tv hdmi input, and decide to cast something from my Android phone, my understanding is that the chromecast will automatically switch to the chromecast hdmi input. What I'm really wondering is when you stop casting, do you need to manually switch back to your cable tv hdmi input, or does the chromecast switch back to the cable tv input automatically? Thanks!

dhawk1202 says:

You have to manually switch back. At least that's what I've been doing. Unless there's a workaround that I've missed.

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How good is Avia as compared to, say, BSPlayer?

Fabian F says:

So.. What is Avia and Plex? Do I have to pay for Real Player cloud for local content storage? Any recommendations?

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natef9988 says:

Avia costs $3 and doesn't require another DLNA server. OP is wrong. You can cast local content from Avia.

Fabian F says:

What at are the instructions?? Is it an app?

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drhere says:

Great news, best $35 (well, $11 after the 3 free months of Netflix) I spent.

PLEX PLEX PLEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hand_O_Death says:

Really hope MX player (out even Dice) gets it soon.

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I really don't use mine much, but adding HBO was a nice touch.
Now I just wait patiently for Amazon Prime and ESPN3

Oskiee says:

Ive had one since it came out, but so far its just been used as a tool for my and my roommates to battle with with youtube videos.

Plex support (and my shiny new 2tb hdd) is great.

Edit: Plex pass is required for chromecast to work. screw that. Let me buy the software, no sub please.

gabbott says:

It'll eventually come to non plex pass subscribers. Seems the way they operate is the new stuff first comes to paying subscribers.

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ghost83 says:

Plex pass is only needed for now. Soon chromecast support will be available for free users.

Impulses says:

Ok, so Plex requires a server running on a PC... It's technically local streaming but you can't stream directly from a phone/tablet without having a PC on.

How about Avia though? Another site's review of the new Avia app seems to indicate it makes your phone act as a DNLA server so you can in fact stream/cast stuff directly stored on your phone, in ADDITION to cloud content. Is this inaccurate?

If Avia really adds true local streaming without a third device then I'm ordering a Chromecast immediately... It'll be simpler than Miracast for spur of the moment streaming of photos/music.

Not that my Miracat box doesn't work well, it just requires me to connect and then ties up my phone since I'm straight up mirroring etc. I think Miracast actually works better as a portable solution, and Chromecast seems ideal for the home (despite being a smaller device than any MC box).

rkirmeier says:

Avia sees my local media so it should work with Chromecast as it can make your tablet/phone a DLNA server. I wanted to test Avia at lunch but it appears the current build in the Playstore does not yet have Chromecast support. VEVO did not either then I got an update an hour later that says support for Chromecast. Couldn't find the option though and thing you need to create an account and login to VEVO to use Chromecast which is dumb but so be it. Will be playing tonight.

One quick note about Avia... I have not thumbnails of my photos or video. I can touch the icon and display the picture but no thumbnails. If this is not some issue with my phone and this is by design Avia has got to be the worst DLNA app I have ever used. No thumbnails are downright stupid!

Impulses says:

Seems it's an in app purchase for Avia, you might've missed that? Dunno, I'm getting it purely for this... If Avia sucks too much I'll just use it for music streaming and hope more apps come out for it. Just gotta get around to uploading my music to el Goog.

natef9988 says:

This is an issue specific to you. I have thumbnails.

mzanette says:

I'm interested in how this works as well. If I take a video with my phone, can I cast it to the TV with this Avia app? Would be nice if they had a trial version that only let you cast a few videos a day to test out that it works. I don't want to fork over $3 only to find out it's not true local casting.

rkirmeier says:

Don't be so freaking cheap!

In this case, I don't think they are being cheap. The just don't want to pay for something that may not be of use to them. I didn't sound like they were opposed to paying if it worked.

rkirmeier says:

Buy it, test it, return it if it does not work...

mzanette says:

You only get 15 minutes to test, not nearly long enough to find out if this does everything you want it to do.

wyldemf says:

That's exactly what it does.

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ctk4949 says:

MX Player or similar needs to be supported!! :)

MERCDROID says:

+9000 for MX Player

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jomcty says:

Hear, hear!

commonplace says:

WOW, this is great, especially Plex!!!!

I have tried songza and avia both don't work nexus 4 4.4.2

Avia now works after a reset of the chrome cast but songza doesn't have a cast button.

Notus says:

Where's the Dev SDK this limited release crap is dumb. If I wanted a walled garden I would have purchased an Appletv which is looking better and better.

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rkirmeier says:

Then go buy an Apple TV. No one is stopping you but yourself!

matthwo8 says:

Would be nice to see chromecast work with default galleries nd media players!

mzanette says:

OK so trying Avia, local videos that I took with the phone stutter bad. Not sure why. I just tested a 10 second video I took and while I was able to cast it, it wouldn't play stutter free. If the same video is uploaded to Youtube/Google+ however, then I can cast it without stutter. Anyone know why?

natef9988 says:

The Chromecast is REALLY finnicky about video file compatibility. Remember: not all .mp4's are created equal. That goes for other video file types too.

Uploading to YouTube converts it to Google's favorite codec, so naturally its going to work then.

amy green2 says:

I would love pocketcast!

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Eric B1 says:

right...Pocketcast said they were ready months ago...just waiting on Google

kbo says:

Any news on the WatchESPN app? I would love to be able to use it with my chomecast.

natef9988 says:

Avia definitely casts local content. Not sure where OP got the idea that it doesn't.

All you need for Avia is your phone, the app, a Chromecast, and a wifi network, and you can stream your local content to your Chromecast. I'm casting with it right now.

mzanette says:

You're right, I don't know why they crossed out "stream local content" in the post. I attached a drive to my Nexus 7 using stickmount and was able to cast movies from that to the Chromecast using Avia.

sosoqtpinoy says:

These app are available now and compatible with the chromecast as we speak... check it out in the play store.

PastorDroid says:

Avia is working flawlessly for me. I guess "your mileage may vary"applies here.

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fritzo81 says:

Whats the best local content app? Plex, Avia, Real player?

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mzanette says:

Plex charges a monthly fee to be able to use chromecast functionality. On that basis alone I would go with Avia

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brendilon says:

I haven't tried Avia yet but RealPlayer works quite well. I like the option of being able to keep some in the cloud without setting up my own server (even though storage is limited). Gonna give Avia a spin tonight.

robotaholic says:

You already can stream local media with Chromecast. Just press CTL - O to open the file and it will play in Chrome and hit the stream to tv chrome extension button and voila it will be on your TV. I am surprised so many ppl don't know about it.

brendilon says:

That allows you to stream it from your computer. These apps allow you to stream local content from your phone or tablet.

Fabian F says:

I downloaded Avia for free from play store n purchase 2.99 for the Chromecast feature. I was able to Chromecast my videos, music, and pictures. This is so cool!

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rmcohio87 says:

Is there any possibility Amazon Video will come to the Chromecast, or any android device?

Dhamp2g says:

Yes Vevo finally

DaGODFather says:

For some of you still wanting to get the Chromecast, Amazon has it for $27.87 with coupon code 7CGHXJ2C.
Enjoy!

Coldheat#AC says:

It would be nice if we could get VuDU