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Were you hoping to gather 'round the flatscreen and Chromecast with your local Android Users Group for the live stream of Google's next Nexus event? Too bad: at the moment, YouTube live stream videos just won't work with Chromecast, as demonstrated by our tipster Nathan. We tried it using the Lollapalooza 2013 live stream, and sure enough, it just won't display.

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This lack of functionality is documented in Google's support page as well, though the reason isn't clear. Videos set to "private" and videos disabled for mobile viewers are likewise inaccessible (remember that Chromecast is running a modified version of Android) no matter what device you "cast" to your TV, or from what account. Interestingly, sending a live stream to Chromecast from a desktop or laptop with the full Chrome browser will let you listen to the audio and see a few choppy frames, but it isn't close to satisfactory. Google may address this with a future update, or they may not - I can't imagine that these relatively narrow use case scenarios are much of a priority.

On a personal note, I can report that using an Android device as a mobile WiFi hotspot also won't work - you can't "cast" from your phone to the Chromecast when it's being used as the Internet connection. You can work around this by having another Android device or laptop handy, but that makes it even harder to enjoy the Chromecast while traveling.

Source: Google YouTube Support - thanks to Nathan for the tip!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • bydavidrosen

    bah. that's kinda what i wanted it for. was really bummed last night that i couldn't watch the Live Stream of the NIN concert at Lollapalooza on my TV and was thinking how awesome it would be if I had a Chromecast. oh well. I'll keep waiting.

    • dusse1dorf

      It was still possible to cast the tab, and just fullscreen the video.

      • bydavidrosen

        oh... well then its cool again. :-)

  • DJ SPY

    $35 doesn't seem all that great now. Glad it was out of stock when I tried to buy it.

    • Joseph Cascio
    • imtoomuch

      Keep telling yourself that if you want to lie to yourself just to feel better about not being able to get a piece of awesomeness.

      It's a steal for $35 even if you only consider it a wireless HDMI cable which it's not. Google and third party developers are going to continue to add apps and features to this device.

      • DJ SPY

        Haha feel better about myself?

        • phatman & muffin top

          Its cheaper than any Media Streamer you can get at Walmart, its worth the money regardless if you use it to its full potential.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      This is just a small feature cut that the majority of users will never even run into. Annoying, and perhaps fixable in the future (for all we know this is a technical limitation), but definitely not a deal breaker.

    • Simon Belmont

      Your comment doesn't seem all that great now. Glad it was posted before I had my morning coffee.

      $35 is a bargain for what you're getting. The Chromecast will get updates and many will likely rectify these minor quibbles.

  • cabbiebot

    wait, do live streams work on Google TV?

    • cabbiebot

      Couldn't find Lollapalooza on the terrible Logitech interface but I'm watching a live feed now on Google TV. LabradorCam in case you are wondering. So I'm inclined to believe that Chromecast support will be added soon in addition to other obvious holes, live the inability to cast the web-based Google Play Music & Videos.

  • scuttlefield

    FYI: I've been able to cast a live stream from a Chrome tab and get pretty decent video. I casted last week's Android Police podcast live, and it looked fine. It may be connection dependent.

    • Jatholomew

      An "Audio Mode" will even adjust bandwidth usage and frame rates when listening to music - that's handy. - http://www.pocket-lint.com/review/122632-google-chromecast-review

      Sounds like it is

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I tried the same with the Chromecast and Lollapalooza, and the frame rate was unwatchable. The sound did go through, though I suspect it was lower quality than if it were pulling it natively.

  • ddh819

    i was wondering about the hotspot thing

  • tubalord

    Lollapalooza streaming worked on the Q.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    They should fix the live stream at least!

    • Simon Belmont

      Agreed. I actually WAS hoping to watch the next Nexus event via my Chromecast on my TV.

      Why sit at a desk like a sucker when I can lounge on my couch and watch ti? I hope Google fixes this. Private and mobile-disabled videos sort of makes sense. So, I can live with that, for now (though I wish mobile-disabled videos would go away).

  • Elias

    Mobile disabled videos wont work? That's a big problem, as many videoclips are mobile disabled

    • Thomas Lockyer

      I was thinking this. They need to distinguish it as not being a mobile device. Certainly an issue for a lot of music videos my Dad tries to stream to the TV from his Nexus 4. That's not with Chromecast, though.

      • Peter Farac

        It is a mobile device though for the reason that most videos get classified that way - there is no way to show in-video ads or ads on the side of the page like on the desktop version

        • Albin Hermansson

          The last time i checked there was indeed in-video ads.

          • B Jordan

            Have an example? I have yet to see any ads through my Chromecast.

  • David Belyea

    Seriously, stop with the "PSA" in the title. I, and probably many others, are starting to not care about them. They're not PSAs. They're just tech facts.

    • armshouse

      What does PSA actually mean?

      • Nicolas Leotier

        Publice Service Announcement

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Haha they're tech PSA's.

      Chill dude, it's just a title. :)

  • http://jamieellis.co.cc/ Jamie Ellis

    In 2013 the "Mobile" restriction should be no more as why restrict to mobiles. also should support 'Live' Streaming!

    Youtube Live, Private and Mobile does not work on 'fellow' streaming devices that utilise Youtube Leanback functionality e.g. Tivo on Virgin Media

    Not expecting it to work anytime soon!

    • http://beaugil.es BeauGiles

      I believe the original reason for mobile restrictions was not being able to display ads alongside content; but of course now with the iOS and Android apps supporting preroll ads, this isn't such a big thing anymore.

    • Simon Belmont

      Totally agree. It's a vestige off the past that needs to stop.

      More and more people are consuming videos directly on their phones and tablets. Why limit what they can see (and their ad revenue)?

  • Josh C

    I can confirm that casting the youtube tab with lollapalooza playing and fullscreening works great, HD and full sound quality. I have my extension set to extreme and i have a nice N router though. Also it took a second try for it to cast properly, the first time it froze the stream.

    • Simon Belmont

      That's good to know. I'm glad there's a workaround for the live streaming at least (that's a biggie for me).

      Hopefully they'll add that functionality into casts from phones and tablets soon. It would be nice.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I have a new Asus ac router, and for me, it was laggy as hell. The video was going frame by frame, maybe 1fps.

      • didibus

        Maybe check your router's QOS settings, might be throttling it

  • Bonedatt

    Oh well. Glad I still have my Apple TV.

    • Chris

      Apple TV still offers way more shit. This is just a geeky way for nerds to stream their mods to their TV

      • phatman & muffin top

        Apple TV: $100+
        Chromecast: $35

        That is as bad as someone comparing a $600 iPad to a $150 android tablet to make the point the iPad is better. At three times the price I'd hope Apple TV offers more.

      • jnt

        Or non-Apple families to have *some* similar functionality to Apple TV, with more to come. And for MUCH cheaper...

    • LazarusDark

      Apple TV doesn't seem very useful to someone with 4 android devices in the house and no iProducts.

      • Bonedatt

        No it doesn't and I wasn't suggesting that either. I was only stating how it affects me as I have other ways to stream.. The Apple TV being one of them.

  • nawa

    Do you remember we were promised a better YouTube app in the next few months? Maybe this is gonna help.

  • http://www.mobileosworld.com/ Xen Lee
  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Somehow I think Google will be sorting out the live stream problem before their next live event?

  • Carl McPherson

    On the bright side, apps are being created as we speak to let you stream local videos to the chromecast. There are a few videos on YouTube showing this.

  • Pandalero

    You shouldn't be surprised by not being able to cast while your device is acting as a mobile hotspot. When you are a hotspot, you're not on WiFi, you're on the carrier's mobile network. Your device and the Chromecast have to be on the same WiFi network in order to play nice. This is not news, it's simply not understanding how the device functions.

    • Chris

      uneducated fools I tell ya

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  • Rick Ramo

    I was impressed but not enough so to fire off $35.00 to look at it closer.
    My first thought was a dongle to easily display from my phone to the big screen that I could throw in a pocket when heading to relatives, etc. to display the latest picture and video captures in a relatively painless way.
    Perhaps as this device matures, or the general community comes up with different ROMs now that it is rooted, it may have more luster later.
    To be honest, for me it is easier to just unplug the Uverse HDMI cable and jack it into the NVidia card using the desktops gigabit hardwired connection to the router and wireless keyboard/mouse from the comfy chair.
    At this point, my impression is that it is $35.00 frivoled off to a proprietary object that would waste my time with proprietary annoyances.
    I could be wrong, that happens often. But, I think this could be better. At this time my initial thought of group home movie torture session is better served with the $6.00 generic phone usb-hdmi cable.

  • Itchy_Robot

    the lack of being able to play private videos sucks. I personally use it as a guitar journal, where I record videos of chord progressions that I come up with and want to remember. I keep them private because I don't want others to view them, but I still want to be able to cast them to my television for my own use. What am I to do? I don't want to make them public, because they're personal recordings and unfinished material. they really need to change their policy on private video casting.

  • Luke Larsen

    Does anyone know if you have a movie in AVI/MP4 format (not purchased from Play) can you watch that on your TV from Chromecast? Or does it only support movies that you purchase through Google play?