No sooner did we figure out Google added support for private YouTube videos to the Chromecast, than live videos started working as well. We've been checking around and it looks like almost every live stream is working on the Chromecast, but only from a desktop web browser right now. The Android app still reports an incompatibility with live streams.


Google hasn't updated the support page to remove this limitation like it did for private videos, but it's definitely working. If you want to test it out for yourself, try the Hummingbird Live Cam and the always weird QVC. This takes care of two categories of videos that were still not working with the Chromecast, leaving only non-mobile enabled videos as the lone holdout. This is a much less common thing to come across on YouTube, so maybe it won't matter much in the long run.

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You can activate a live stream on the Chromecast just like on any other video – click the button and set the playback location to the dongle rather than your computer. It's not clear when Google will expand this to the Android app, seeing as it clearly works now. Maybe it'll take an app update this time.

[Thanks, Smashley and +Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson]

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

    Really great to finally see casting in live and private videos.

    If this is not just YouTube testing stuff, I wonder if the Android app update will arrive this Wednesday to enable the Android side (along with Chrome since live streaming doesn't work from the mobile site either).

    • codemonkey85

      I'm sure it's no coincidence that this is all being done around Google I/O registration time. Gonna watch some of the I/O coverage on my TV, yay!

      • ddpacino

        I'll be at work, but I'll get another Chromecast to stream thru my extra 24" monitor. CANNOT wait!

    • Matthew Fry

      I was thinking the same thing. "It's not Wednesday yet."

    • ehTuBrutus

      just in time for Coachella this weekend...yay!

      • ddpacino

        Thanks for the reminder!

  • miri

    Got all excited before I read the second half of the headline... At least it's coming soon.

  • scuttlefield

    Finally, can cast the Android Police podcast!

  • jozefd14

    I've been live streaming the broadcast of Tom Merrit's daily tech show from my iPad to the Chromecast...

  • John Smith

    One can cast live videos from android with Tasker+AutoShare+AutoCast. Just load desktop version of youtube in chrome browser and then use Share option. Can look at the pics here http://habrahabr.ru/post/218659/ Hope you dont mind that i took the picture from your post =)

  • AndrĂ©s

    It would be excellent if we could stream PowerPoints.

    • andrew borrelli

      Well you kinda can... I do it all the time. Share your desktop with the beta option in the chrome browser full screen the power point and done.

  • Ryuuie

    This has been a thing for a little more than a week now.


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

      Yuno send a tip at the time?!

      • Ryuuie

        I didn't think about it. :( I'M SORRY. :C

  • HolyFreakingCrap

    To bad 99.995% of the Live feeds suck.

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  • ddh819

    what about google plus videos? like the ones that get uploaded automatically from my phone?

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

    This does not work for me.. Willow TV via youtube is still not working when LIVE..

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