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The Chromecast launched last summer with a lot of promise, but very limited app support. We've been limping along these last few months with only the occasional addition like Pandora and HBO Go to keep us going. Well, now the floodgates are beginning to open. Google just announced 10 new apps are launching with Chromecast support, and some of them are super-exciting.

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Here's the full list of apps from Google's blog post:

There are a lot of streaming media providers included, like Revision 3 and VEVO. However, you can finally stream your personal media without some crazy workaround thanks to Plex, aVia, and RealPlayer Cloud support. Plex also has Chromecast support from the web, just like Netflix does. Other apps might include this functionality too.

Google's Chromecast app page should list all supported apps (it seems to be lagging a little behind right now). As for the apps, it looks like they've all been updated today or yesterday, so the functionality should be live.

[Google Chrome Blog, Plex]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • angrysock

    aVia is included?? I didn't see it listed on the apps page...

    • angrysock

      Looks like it's an in-app purchase... They don't mention anything about it in the changelog or description?

      • Sorian

        Not is changelog or desciption, but does come front and center on aVia's website. http://aviatheapp.com/

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  • Brad

    Nothing I really care about since I don't keep my videos on my phone anymore...

  • brnpttmn

    PocketCasts, please.

    • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

      I know Pocket Casts already pledged to support it as soon as it was possible. So with time.

      • brnpttmn

        Yeah, I think they've already built the code (at least that's what one of their updates inferred) and they're just waiting on the okay from google.

  • Trent Russell

    Well, it's progress!

  • andrew brunelle

    How about watchESPN???

    • Ara Wagoner

      Good luck with that. I'd love it, but considering you have to have a cable subscription in the first place for most of it, I'm highly doubting they give you Chromecast support. -Ara

      • andrew brunelle

        ....or a friend with a cable subscription. :-)

      • Andrew

        They have Roku support, so why not Chromecast?

      • Shawn Cheever

        HBO GO requires a cable subscription.

    • turdbogls

      I would love this...i pay for cable, but the SD picture on my bedroom TV is so horrible, i would love to be able to stream 720P content to it when i wanted to.

  • https://google.com/+LateefAlabiOki Lateef Alabi-Oki

    Plex crashes on my nexus 7. Removed it. Don't see anything interesting here.

    • Chris Ware

      I think that issue is going to be on your end somewhere. Plex runs well on my wifes ipad and iphone, on my kindle fire, s3, laptop, my daughters iphone, and her ubuntu machine.

      also, these plex apps connect to your plex server, so unless you have that running, you wouldn't need to have it running on your nexus anyway.

      • Ryuuie

        No, it's actually the Plex app itself that's broken. They've been made aware of it on their blog and are issuing a fix.

        • Chris Ware

          link?

          all i can find is the developer elan responding to issues saying his development is done ON the nexus 7 and works perfectly.

          • Ryuuie

            http://elan.plexapp.com/2013/12/06/plex-on-the-chromecast-its-official/

            Look in the comments.

            Plus, it's not JUST the Nexus 7 2013 that's broken, HTC Ones and Nexus 4s are working either.

          • Chris Ware

            you're right. I didn't realize it was an issue with an update, i thoughts he was commenting on plex in general. they pushed a fix for it tough, so some good news.

      • Patrick Beliveau

        Do all those apps have the update? I just updated plex on my n5 and it force closes upon opening... Worked fine last night before the update.

  • Nick Saulino

    So Plex is $4.99 and Avia is a $2.99 in-app purchase to unlock casting. Looks like RealPlayer Cloud is the only free option at the moment.

    • Ryuuie

      Plex is $4.99 for the app. The actual service is free.

      However.

      You need to pay a subscription of $29.99/year OR a one-time fee of $74.99 for a lifetime subscription for PlexPass. PlexPass is required for Chromecast support.

      So, Avia is cheaper than Plex but RealPlayer is free.

      • StriderWhite

        What? 29,99$/year? Plex, please...

        • Ryuuie

          Service itself is free. :P You can use Plex on all the non-Chromecast devices you want without paying a dime...just...Chromecast costs $30/yr OR $75 one-time.

          • Shawn Cheever

            So I'd have to pay $75 to stream my own personal collection to a device I bought for $35? Lol.. I'll pass!

          • Ryuuie

            Pretty much, yeah. :v

          • Chris Ware

            No, you can wait like everyone else, and get it for free. or you can support the developers and for a few dollars a month get access to what basically amounts to early closed beta versions of the program. But everyone will get the new features eventually.

          • Ryuuie

            That's not the thing here. The thing that people are upset about is it's a paid beta. You are paying them so that you can be a beta tester.

            Another thing is, for most people now a days with no job or a really shitty one, it's hard to pay that $30/mo (let alone that $75/one time). It may be split month to month, but I'm willing to bet that most people who bought a Chromecast got it because it's CHEAP and were lead to believe it would work with devices and services they already owned, not that they had to go and pay a subscription to be a tester of unstable software just to gain access to something that they bought the Chromecast for in the first place.

            It may be "supporting the developer", but that doesn't mean it's fair. To most people "supporting the developer" is buying that $5 app in the first place not "give them more money continuously". There are people saying that the PlexPass isn't that great because there have been more than a few times where something just outright broke streaming and they had to wait for it to be fixed. It -is- beta after all.

            Can you get the PlexPass app for free after you sign up for a subscription? Yes. Does that mean much to most people? No, because $5 is easier to stomach than $30/yr or a full $75 charge.

            Even more worrying is what Avira is doing. They're charging a fee just to get into Chromecast PERIOD. As in, there is no "maybe we'll give it to you later". No, it's a premium feature. The real worry is that other devs will do what Avira is doing and charge their consumers. This is a big problem, worse than what Plex is doing.

            Granted, I can afford PlexPass but I chose not to spend my money on being a beta tester. I get where these people are coming from and it makes sense.

            It also doesn't help that, when asked for an ETA for Chromecast support to be available to all, the Plex team just keeps saying "no" or dodging the question. For all we know, it could be MONTHS before Plex decides to share with others.

          • Chris Ware

            |That's not the thing here. The thing that people are upset about is it's a paid beta. You are paying them so that you can be a beta tester.

            That is an insanely silly thing to be upset about, and nothing new. I've been a plex user for probably two years, and it's the way their extremely small company decided to shape their business model.

            |Another thing is, for most people now a days with no job or a really shitty one, it's hard to pay that $30/mo (let alone that $75/one time)

            What?? Then wait a few months and get the free version. You're overselling your point here, I don't think people who are unable to pay $30/year for a program are that worried about connectivity to their high definition television.

            |most people who bought a Chromecast got it because it's CHEAP and were lead to believe it would work with devices and services they already owned, not that they had to go and pay a subscription to be a tester of unstable software just to gain access to something that they bought the Chromecast for in the first place.

            Your ideas are all over the place and fundamentally flawed. No one ever said, or led you or anyone else that bought Chromecast, that somehow every program you used would suddenly work with it. We all hope that is the case one day, but if you thought this it was either because someone lied to you or you didn't understand what you were purchasing. And, once again, even if that were the case, that in no way changes what plex has been doing with their product for years.

            |It may be "supporting the developer", but that doesn't mean it's fair.

            I don't own Photoshop because I think it costs more than it's worth to me, but it's not unfair for them to set whatever price point they wish. That us how capitalism works. Plex decides how much to charge, and for what services. You decide if it's worth it to you, or not. And good news! They offer it for free too.

            |There are people saying that the PlexPass isn't that great because there have been more than a few times where something just outright broke streaming and they had to wait for it to be fixed. It -is- beta after all.

            I've not experienced this, except for today's update, and it was fixed within an hour. And for the final time, I don't know where anyone told you that if you paid for PlexPass you WEREN'T getting a beta product, but that's exactly what it is. You pay for access to bleeding edge code, to watch movies and listen to music. If you don't like that, please, for the love of all that is holy, wait for the free version. Or pirate it, cause that will be fair.

          • Ryuuie

            Considering I've told a friend of mine who IS a developer on many websites about this and who's had Plex for more than you have and how even he has said that it's "bullshit", I'd say you're kind of in the minority here.

            You are paying them TWICE. You are paying to be a beta tester when most companies just do it for free while letting you know "Hey, if something fucks up, it's on you. It's a beta."

            I've done multiple closed betas on games and even closed surveys with Coke and Pepsi where I had to sign an NDA. Those were free and, in fact, paid ME to test their product. Paying to beta test is kind of a new thing and it's still pretty shitty, no matter how you try to rationalize it.

            You would be surprised with what the general public is like and how they just assume how things work. I should know, I work with them daily as customer service for a well known company that sells things. You'd just be really surprised (and deeply saddened). The iDevices truly have ruined things.

            However, I knew what I was purchasing and you seem to assume that, because I think paid betas are a shitty business practice, that I didn't. Where did THAT come from? When did I personally ever give you the notion or hint that I didn't? I pride myself on knowing everything about a product before I go and spend money on it.

            I don't feel I need to go and explain myself again, I think I did a good enough job the first time, you just decided to assume and it screwed up your reading comprehension.

            Ok and I've decided (as have many others all over the internet today from Reddit to Droid Life to this fanblog to Facebook to G+..wherever this news has landed) that Plex isn't worth it and what they did today shows it. However, people like you are just trying to justify why it is and insulting intelligence as well. Why is that? If Plex is as perfect as you claim, you'd think they wouldn't need your white knighting.

            Just because you've not experienced something doesn't mean it doesn't happen. You just got lucky. You seem to be assuming a lot here. I hate the business model they've decided to use and it's clear I'm not alone. You seem to go into a rage about someone's opinions over the internet. Are you going to defend in-app purchases or how about tiered data plans next?

            Seriously, why are you white-knighting Plex so damn much? They're good but they're not THAT good.

            Hell, I wasn't even trying to start an argument, just trying to get you to see this from someone else's shoes but you seem hellbent on arguing over the internet. :v Kay then.

            Internet fighting is dumb, I thought you were more level-headed going by your previous posts on this page, but I was wrong. I hate being wrong about that. :( But. It's the internet...sooo...yeah.. I'mma just walk away from this. :3 Night!

        • NF

          Plex supports video on day one, and the app will be able to cast photos and music "very shortly." "Note that for an initial period, the Chromecast feature is only available to our beloved PlexPass users, who get exclusive access to many new features," Feingold says.

          It makes sense that if I pay them, I should get some benefits like new features first.

          • Ryuuie

            The funny part is, a lot of the features from PlexPass will be their OWN subscriptions later such as saving your own video offline to your device to play later.

            However much sense it makes, the $30/year or $75/once fee is pretty steep and the only way you'd know that it requires so much is if you paid $5 for the app or looked on their blog.

          • Jeremy Powers

            App is free if you have plexpass.

      • Matthew Fry

        I'm ok with this. Thanks for the link.

    • s_bomb

      Yea, I'm a bit disappointed that paid apps are required for something that should be native functionality. I am not knocking the app devs, glad they are making it possible for us in some way.

      • Shawn Cheever

        Agreed. I'm still holding out hope that Google will allow apps like the one Koushik created (AllCast) or at least update the Gallery to have this functionality native. Since the new camera wasn't ready when KitKat shipped, maybe Chromecast support will be integrated into the Gallery once Google releases it.

    • Jeremy Powers

      App is free if you have plexpass sub or lifetime payment.

      • Shawn Cheever

        Reminds me of a cellphone contract. Ick.

  • ercl

    I don't find the cast button in Songza?

  • Constantine Smith

    I need cruchyroll added for my anime needs

  • Tuấn Ankh

    I wonder how Viki is via Chromecast, I just tried that thing on the web and it showed me 5 ads after a 9 minute section... xD

  • Andrew

    Wow, just wow! And Chromecast itself downloaded update today with the new home screen.
    Now, I'll just wait for TuneIn support.

    • EH101

      The new home screen is beautiful. The old one was nice, but I like the new one so much more. Too bad it's a screen I'll never really see. Lol.

      • Andrew

        I left it on for some time today, just to see pretty pictures. )

        • EH101

          Lol, I've actually got it on right now. Great visuals to keep me calm while setting up my GPad.

          • phertiker

            Yeah it really looks nice, and I like how minimal the already-minimal-UI has become.

  • Caleb Kester

    Pretty happy about the plex support. Very nice to see them adding more apps to this list.

  • MotoXYZ

    PLEX!!!! Now I can finally ditch my old Google TV.

    • Patrick Beliveau

      Only if you have plex pass... Which is a 4$ monthly cost

      • spovat

        ya this is absolutely ridiculous. paid for the app and now they want to charge a monthly fee to use chromecast? so greedy.

      • Seiga

        You can just do the lifetime and pay a one time fee. Pretty much worth it imo if you want the equivalent of Apple's Air Video app.

  • Josh P.

    GOOGLE!....SPOTIFY?.... DAMNIT.

    • NF

      Do you want Google to add Spotify? I think that's up to the developers of the app, not Google.

      • Josh P.

        So, by your theory... The reason we are only seeing these very select apps is because devs don't care to develop for time magazine's top gadget of 2013? If it was as easy as that wouldn't Koush's All Cast would be working?

        • Brian

          This is exactly why. Spotify has terrible dev support of their Android offerings.. Don't count on this. That's why I ditched it for GMusic

          • phertiker

            The Spotify Android app is pretty good these days, but the point is that Google still isn't allowing just anyone to enable Chromecast support. This seems like a good sign, though.

  • moe

    Lokal Media over Plex! Would have been to good to be true:
    ...This feature currently requires a Plex Pass subscription.

    • jm9843

      So...support the developers by giving them $3.99 for a month of PlexPass if you need Chromecast support right away. Maybe by the end of the month they'll open it up to general release.

      • Matthew Fry

        Lets hope. I have no interest in the other PlexPass features and Chromecast support isn't worth $48/yr.

  • wideopn11

    Flixster please.

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    So still no (free) way to simply show photos/videos from your own phone onto your TV? :(

    • KRS_Won

      HDMI out? Or if your TV has USB, use your charging cord.
      Wireless streaming can be done DNLA or Miracast, but that's limited throughout manufacturers. :-/

      • Shawn Cheever

        I still think this should've been available out of box on launch date. There's been dozens of times I would've loved to show a video I'd taken to a group of people but I just don't bother because the Chromecast isn't "capable" of doing such things. If I knew now what I knew back in July, I would've saved myself $35.

        • Gabernasher

          Drop the video into a tab and cast said tab?

          • ThatGuyzx

            ^ This is what I do. But I understand the desire for a non-workaround solution or lag that some experience with this.

          • Shawn Cheever

            I think it should be integrated into the Photos or Gallery app (whichever Google decides to keep). Casting via a tab only works from a computer, I'm talking about from my phone. I understand it can be done through various workarounds but something so simple and basic should be native functionality IMO.

          • Brendan Dillon

            And in the background, the world's TINIEST violin plays softly.

    • Matthew Fry

      From the Plex blog linked by @ryuuie:disqus :

      "We have support for video, and we’ll be releasing support for casting photos and music very shortly."

      edit: Oh. You want to go phone=>TV. This will sort of work if you set up a path to your phone and connect it to your media server.

      • Ryuuie

        How'd you link me like that? o.O

        • Matthew Fry

          Haha. @username.

          • Ryuuie

            Oh. ...I feel like I should've known that. :P

            Thanks! :D

    • Simon Belmont

      Hoping that the Chromecast mirroring that Koush found a few days ago will enable this. It's a big feature that I'd love to see.

      I have a one year old, and there have been a bunch of times when I wanted to flip through a photo album of him or some home movies of him that were on my phone, for visiting friends and family on my 50 inch TV. Hoping to see this soon from Google.

      • http://shanked.me/ Shank

        Unfortunately, Koush specifically stopped work on Chromecast stuff when the Chromecast team started to work against him by stopping the mirroring he already had working. I doubt it'll come from him without official support from Google.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah, I know. That's a shame, too.

          Developers should work together, and not against each other. Koush has put in so much work for that stuff and I have a huge respect for the guy.

    • Sandro Mantione

      There is. It's called screen mirroring. :p

  • Mike Litoriss

    AMAZON Please!

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Amazon needs to make a Freakin' App first. I pay for Amazon Prime and i'm not picking up a Kindle to watch stuff on a tablet.

      • Brad

        agreed... there are very few things I'd like to watch on amazon prime that I can't find elsewhere... so I just go without. They'd get a bit more viewership (do they care?) if they supported android proper/chromecast

      • Uncle_Rico

        It's Amazon NOT pushing out an Android App for NON-Kindle Android devices...!? i also have an Amazon Prime account, but not an iPhone or Kindle owner.. whaaaaa?

      • DirkBelig

        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?

        • Matthew Fry

          My guess is they figure if you're invested in the iOS ecosystem already you aren't likely to switch to Android. Android=>Kindle Fire is much less problematic.

          • DirkBelig

            Then why support Android at all with apps/MP3/Kindle? I've heard many offer the same rationale, but it doesn't make any sense. Usually it's iSnobs sneering, "That's because Android phones are free junk for poor people and can't handle video." (This is almost verbatim what two different people have replied.) Your response sorta sounds similar, implying that if you've dropped $500+ for an iPad, you aren't going to want to buy another tablet, but Android tablet users can afford a second one? Huh? Then explain the Amazon commercials touting how the 9" Fire is lighter, cheaper and has more pixels than the iPad Air?

            Amazon sells CONTENT and the reason the Instant Video refusal is so bewildering is that they pretty much support everything out there but the #1 market share mobile OS. Dafuq? They drop all this money locking up exclusives like Downton Abbey and Nickelodeon, but shut out tens of millions of potential Prime customers without explanation? Amazon has become what it is because of customer service, but this is petty BS like someone at Google says Dockers make Bezos' butt look fat and thus no Android app.

          • Matthew Fry

            The people that I know that have iPads have like 2+ of them. They also have iPhones and may have a Mac. Switching from iOS to Android is a painful process because you lose your syncing, your OS familiarity, and (possibly) the apps you love. The Kindle is Android like enough that it will be a less painful transition. You'd have to buy your apps again (assuming you pay for any) but most of them are available in the Amazon app store.

            The only thing I can think of as possible reasoning is that they believe Android users are potential converts and iOS users are not due to the reasons I listed. Obviously, the "Android sucks" argument isn't a valid one. Just because I offer a possible reason for their behavior doesn't mean I condone it.

            The commercials would be targeting new users, i.e. people not already invested in an ecosystem.

          • DirkBelig

            You hang out with rich people! I don't follow what you're saying about synching because for what I'm doing it's a matter of logging into my Google accounts and apps and all my stuff is there. For me, my foray into using an iPad after the freedom of Android was like slipping on a barbwire-lined straitjacket. "What's with all the icons on the homescreen? What do you mean they have to stay there and there are no widgets or animated wallpapers? I can't push apps from the iTunes site without installing that 100+MB pig of a program onto my computer?" I just traded it into Target a few weeks ago to get it out of my life. I like my Nexus 7, thank you.

            That said, your thinking doesn't explain away why Amazon is choosing to refuse to sell only ONE THING to Android users. I had a Fire (well, still do; gave it to my g/f to read Kindle books) and switched the OG N7 and the only things I lost in the move were the Kindle Lending Library (no biggie because I can't read) and Instant Video. Since hardware is a low-margin line, why Amazon isn't saying to all the phablet owners, "Give us $79 for some free shipping and a metric buttload of videos," is madness. They are literally refusing to make money - a LOT of money - selling content to Android users and the hope they'd buy a $10 profit item like a Fire and sacrifice the Play store in the process to get video is insanity.

          • Matthew Fry

            Well. That's kind of my point. They have this whole closed ecosystem and once you invest your time and money into it, you are not likely to leave.

            Unfortunately, Apple gives some pretty awesome discounts for students. My brother got issued one from his school because they are literally training him to use it is as his solve everything medical reference magic device. These are only a few of the ways they get their claws into you.

            My overall point is that I've seen Android users with Kindle Fires but I've never seen an iOS user with one. Adding to my points above, the Amazon App store can be used on your other Android devices but not iOS.

          • DirkBelig

            I long ago recognized that the majority of Mac snobs picked up the habit when they went to college and got their first personal computer, a heavily-discounted and university-mandated Mac of some stripe. Apple, in their typically evil fashion, made deals with schools to have their products forced upon the students.

            I had a 64GB iPad 1st gen and it was garbage. People who pretend Apple gets things perfect first time out are high. It was so crippled that many apps wouldn't run on it because of the feeble hardware and it never even got iOS 6. That Target gave me $200 for the POS was wonderful.

            I've got a MacBook Pro which I like as a slab of hardware, but think OS X is retarded. The new Mavericks update slaughtered my battery life and others so badly Apple actually had techs calling people to run diags for them to troubleshoot the issue; they called me. Battery life is under 3 hours now and I'm not alone. Steve Jobs may have been an evil charlatan, but he knew shipping broken stuff was bad business. Apple Maps would never have been released as it was and the coders who wrote it would've been dissected for replacement organs.

          • EH101

            You are right about the iOS switch. I've convinced my gf to try Android this cycle; she has a Mac, and two iPads. She's now been with a GS4 since early summer. And now one iPad is getting retired and replaced with a GPad 8.3. The switch really has to be long and drawn out for iOS users to make the switch at all, imo. Doing it all at once is just too costly.

    • Matthew Fry

      The only way Amazon will cast Instant is through the Kindle. Does everyone forget this is part of their Kindle Fire sales pitch? I wouldn't be surprised to see it appear on iOS though. They seem to think that iOS isn't a competitor.

  • Jean-Philippe Murray

    Are theses country locked? Can't seems to find any way to cast Songza in Canada...

    • Patrick Beliveau

      App isnt updated yet... Would expect it sometime today. Check out the play store, I'm sure it'll be front and centre in their change log once updated

      • Jean-Philippe Murray

        Yeah, you're certainly right about it being put on front ;-)

  • Uncle_Rico

    lame.... RedBox Instant please!

    • Matthew Fry

      Do they have anything other than black and white movies yet? I was on the beta and I went through the entire catalog and found (almost) nothing I was interested in watching.

  • Patrick Beliveau

    Just tried playing a video through aVia ... Said the chromecast doesn't support this file format... Mp4.. Really?

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      aVia doesn't transcode so you're limited to the codecs that Chromecast supports.

  • http://resbo.dk/ Søren Resbo

    Anyone has some apks for these? None of them is updated here in DK :)

  • Brian Hartman

    Functionality doesn't seem to be live yet. I installed Revision3 and Vevo, and no dice.

  • Booyabobby

    Was hoping PcoketCasts would be on this list.

  • Brian Hartman

    PostTV shows a Chromecast icon, but you can't send video to the TV.

  • spovat

    I don't see BeyondPod mentioned here. It was a pleasant surprise seeing that get chromecast =)

    • Matthew Fry

      Here's the full list of apps from Google's blog post:
      VEVO
      Red Bull.TV
      Songza
      PostTV
      Viki
      Revision 3
      BeyondPod
      Plex
      aVia
      RealPlayer Cloud

      • spovat

        thanks

  • Matthew Fry

    "This feature currently requires a Plex Pass subscription." This should be put into the article. I understand why they're doing it, obviously, but I'm not paying $4 bucks a month to occasionally stream something from my upstairs computer.

    • Ryuuie

      It'll be for free users of Plex too..probably in a few months.

      • Squiddles

        It will be! Look at my comment to Matthew Fry.

        • Ryuuie

          The question is "when" though. =/ I mean, they're not exactly saying when. Apparently, when people ask for an ETA, they just go "no".

    • Squiddles

      They actually responded to someone's 1 star review with this: "The Chromecast feature is only available with a PlexPass while it's in
      preview. Then it will be available for everyone for free."

  • AbbyZFresh

    Can't view anything yet. Looks like Google is rolling this out slowly.

  • http://www.smitfotografie.nl/ Dennis Smit

    Does anyone have the RealPlayer Cloud .apk file? It is not available in my country :-(

    Thanks ;-)

  • Roemraw

    Why no TED?
    I love watching those...would be better on my TV

    • ddh819

      they have a youtube channel, does it not have all the videos?

      • Roemraw

        I have no idea actually. Will have to look into this although native chromecasting is preferred.

  • fzammetti

    FYI, Avia is currently NOT working with Chromecast (even after IAP for the feature)... comment in some reviews on Play from dev say they're working on server capacity... umm, what?! That implies my LOCAL content on my Nexus 7 is going up to THEIR server for Chromecast to get at?! Can that be right?!

  • Wyatt Neal

    Damn. I just want some hack out there to give me a way to tie this together with my HDHomeRun. I mean, it's already the right format stream for the content ... maybe when they release the full up SDK

  • Calvin Argueta

    Why can't the just put a chrome cast button on the google play music app?

    • MeCampbell30

      There already is cast button on the play music app.

      • Calvin Argueta

        True, but it does not work for local files

        • Shawn Cheever

          Thanks for pointing that out. It makes sense but I've had All Access since it came out in May and I rarely ever have any local music to play. I would've been pissed if it didn't work because it doesn't really clarify "local" or "All Access".

  • Andrew Vera

    aVia is working great with my local music, and video streaming. very welly done. highly recommend to purchase if you want some more use from your Chromecast.

  • MeCampbell30

    Cool story google. Where is the SDK?

  • steelew

    Plex requires a subscription for it to work with chromecast

  • steelew

    RealPlayer Cloud, seems to work for free, I will try it out and let you know

  • steelew

    Real player cloud does work. You need an account (free account works) but then chromecasting works. So far I tried a 40-ish minute Podcast and it worked. I then tried a movie and it is still buffering or whatever.

  • steelew

    I'm not sure where the cutoff is for real player but I got a 80 minute video to work where a 110 minute would not work.

  • Martin Arnold

    Realplayer not compatible with my N4 on CM11 :( or my stock 2013 N7. Not paying for local content to be streamed to my Chromecast. Waiting patiently in the UK for more local support from Google

  • KySky

    These apps all say I have to upload my content to their servers just to stream it to my TV? Seriously? Just a waste of time!

    • Ryuuie

      There's really no other way to do it, honestly.

      What, you want Google to change the Cast extension on Chrome to work on Windows and then port your videos over like that? Won't happen.

      Add videos directly to the Chromecast? You can't. This is really the only solution and you just have to get used to it.

      For what it's worth, Plex is easy to set up as long as you know how to rename files.

      • KySky

        I don't know what Windows has to do with what I'm expecting Chromecast to do? I understand Chrome does this with Windows. I don't use laptops or desktops in my house.
        I just want to cast pictures and videos taken from and stored on my tablets and phones cast to my TV at will.

        • Ryuuie

          Then you're waiting for Google to release the code to developers that allows this. However, while it exists, it doesn't mean we'll be able to use it.

  • asis13

    Just buy netgear push to TV 69.99 and sell chrome cast you can watch anything from your phone on your TV including apps movies pics and music also it plays in up to 1080p

  • Dave West