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When the Chromecast launched it had only one non-Google content source from Android devices: Netflix. Now that service's primary opponent, Hulu, also has the ability to "cast" video directly to Google's streaming dongle. Of course, like everything else concerning Hulu, you'll have to shell out $8 a month for access to the Hulu Plus service and corresponding Android app to take advantage of it.

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To start using this feature, just press the Chromecast button from any window in the Hulu Plus app. (Naturally you'll need the official Chromecast app as well.) Google has been trying to get more popular content onto Chromecast for a while, and Hulu is the first fruit of that effort. HBO has stated that it also plans to support Chromecast in a future update. Of course there are still some huge players that are noticeably absent, like Pandora, Spotify, and the myriad and scattered sources of official video content. Google will be working on expanding Chromecast's horizons, but in the meantime, they're not altogether eager for tinkerers to try and work around it with unofficial solutions.

By the way, you can still cast a Hulu tab from your laptop or desktop Chrome browser to the Chromecast, with or without a Hulu Plus subscription. It's one of the only legitimate ways to get free Hulu content on a TV screen without directly hooking it up to a computer.

Source: Official Google Blog

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.
  • Marty

    and yet Google can't add the Chromecast button to Chrome for Android?!

    • Bendichi

      I have high hopes for 4.4 KitKat. Would be very disappointed not to see more chromecast integration baked into AOSP.

      • nawa

        Highly doubt. Chromecast has proprietary code, thus impossible to be integrated into AOSP. Play Services, maybe, but not AOSP.

    • Matthew Fry

      Or to non-pixel chromebooks for that matter.

  • jonathan3579

    I love my Chromecast. I just got it a couple days ago and i had no idea i could stream any video on my phone or PC. Wasn't an app made by Koush that could do that killed?

    • bob

      It was killed so you use Hulu Plus instead

      • LibertyBeta

        No, it was killed because he used unpublished, unfinished APIs.

        • bob

          And what make you think it will be approved with published, finished APIs (a concept that doesn't seem to apply to Hulu it seems) ?

          Welcome to the beginning of an era where Google considers your local media 'legacy'. $$$.

          • jm9843

            This has been debunked. Local media will be supported on the Chromecast when the API is final. In fact, some of the guys from Plex were invited to Google to work directly with the team.

          • miri

            So the app was broken because he was using unpublished, unfinished APIs.

          • jonathan3579

            I can play local media right now on Chrome Beta.

          • TejasEric

            I think I see a black helicopter hovering above your house!

          • John O’Connor

            Someone invited Kim Dotcom to the party? Better let him know it's BYOB

        • jonathan3579

          I use Chrome Beta and the ability to stream local content is available right now. I don't know why nobody has covered this...

          • Kristo271

            Are you streaming local content through the Chrome app from your android device??

          • jonathan3579

            I have a open blank tab on my PC, drag whatever i want to watch, and it starts playing. Thats when i click the cast button and it streams to my tv.

  • Kenny Griffin

    How is it that the SDK isn't "ready" for developers to use, yet it works fine for the big name companies?

    • miri

      I'm guessing the big name companies are working directly with Google to ensure that everything works properly for their specific use whereas the SDK would be used with free reign by the developers for any number of uses and it's not quite ready for that yet.

  • TejasEric

    This is a good move for Google and the users. I hope they finalize the SDK soon!

  • Aleksey_US

    Question... so Android Hulu + app only, why not have a cast button on the Hulu Website for + subscribers? Casting tabs is awful laggy and buggy...

  • Elva lemke

    how people making $8547 per month from here BIG44.­c­o­m just working on the online..

  • KevinMCo

    "Naturally you'll need the official Chromecast app as well."


  • Gregory Batchelor

    They dumped ICS users in the process.