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Vimeo and RedBox Voice Support for Chromecast, With HBO Go and Plex Following Suit?


Chromecast doesn’t seem to have only Android fanboys excited anymore, as online content publishers appear to also be jumping on board with the possibilities the device brings. With Vimeo publicly excited about “offering Chromecast support in our products,” it’s only a matter of time till even more are joining suit. 

In a recent teardown from GTV Hacker, it was found that tests of Chromecast were made with HBO Go, which could also end up being an official partner for paid TV subscribers who can’t get enough of their True Blood. In addition, it was reported by Gigaom that RedBox is looking to bring their Instant service to Chromecast, allowing those who make the trips to kiosks no longer necessary. That’s a way to save gas.

Plex’s company Twitter sent out a promising tweet, stating that the team purchased a few Chromecast dongles, hopefully intending them to begin work on bringing a mirrored media service for users some time in the future. With that said, Chromecast is quickly becoming the Internet’s favorite $35 gadget, so at this point, the sky is the limit.

Is there an online content provider that you wish would announce support for Chromecast? Please, nothing vulgar in the comments.

Via: Gigaom

  • Boiler

    BigTen 2 Go PLEASE!

  • a1locjaw

    I’d go with Amazon instant video app & some gay porn apps..I’d rather pay for it than steal it.

  • zurginator

    Audible (for stereo)…. Though they need to fix 4.3 first.
    Also all the apps need to hide it if there is no chromecast – it’s particularly bad looking in play music.

  • Bill Hill

    Any file explorer app and any good video player app

  • david west

    am i the only one thats really glad that they didn’t buy a nexus q now?
    I’m moving and my chromecast is waiting at my new place. i wish i hadnt sent it there
    (face palm)

    i’m excited to hear about HBOgo tho
    i think if spotify got on board thats all i would need

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    I got mine today! LOVE IT!

    I want spotify to implement it for their desktop and android applications

  • joejoe5709

    I honestly haven’t gotten into HBO Go or Plex but I might give them a try if the Chromecast was to support them!

  • AmendFIRSTment

    Science channel
    Discovery Channel
    History channel
    Animal Planet
    Syfy channel
    Spike TV
    Sports package
    ..Nothing more, nothing less..
    Google will dominate Television!

  • ApplesNAndroids


  • ScoobySnack

    MLB At Bat!

  • John Friend

    How about Xfinity Player…better yet, how about we get HboGO for us comcast users before anything lol?

    I considered getting the chromecast. However I have a roku 2xd. I can use Twonky to watch almost any type of video I want with little or no delay. But it would be cool if I could somehow get project free tv on there.. Something in my mind tells me thats really pure evil and it will never happen lol.

  • Raven

    I own about 40 movies on VUDU (the free UltraViolet movies that come with most BluRays these days) so that would definitely be my most desired service to get ChromeCast support.

  • Guest

    Finally got my Netflix email today. Love my Chromecast for playing music on my stereo.

    One bad thing, the device is always on unless you unplug it. Wish i could turn it off with my phone/tablet.

    • Bill Hill

      If you have it connected to USB thru the TV then its not always on, that might a solution if your TV supports it.

  • Omar McFarlane

    Would love to see Hulu and TwiT

  • tutaina

    The first thing that crossed my mind after the announcement was AEREO!!!1

  • Michael Pahl

    VLC media Player. anyone else wondering why this famous, open source media player isn’t official yet?
    VLC could stream from my desktop via DLNA and then i could cast it to TV, thatd be great.

  • ruffian

    I would like to see Flixster and/or VUDU, Crackle, and Hulu

  • Thomas Waznis

    apps I wouild like: bsplayer and Act 1 video player. these are my main Android video apps.

  • Thomas Waznis

    Crackle would be nice. it’s a good movie service.

  • JRomeo

    if only redbox instant had the same movies you see inside redbox kiosks, one could dream….

  • doug

    Anything audio, video or games

    The opportunities for this tiny $35 item is limitless!

  • NorCalGuy

    Ya now they just need to be in stock and I will buy one or three

  • Ryan Stewart

    $35 and getting it into retailers at launch? Google might have finally started this whole “selling hardware” thing figured out. Its obviously limited in the form that 99% of the users are going to use it but its incredibly useful putting smart TV functions into TVs that may not have them (or they are terrible).

    Obviously they underestimated demand but still good play Google.

  • Google to Smart TV Manufacturers: “U mad, bro?”

  • dmagicp

    I can’t decide if I want to buy the Asus Cube, or just get this. I really like Google tv and what it offers, but if this thing is going to have Plex support in the future I could save a lot of money. Oh well, maybe I will just buy both. I always solve my buying indecision by purchasing both products Lmao!

  • jbegs

    I would like to get the Chrome extension on my laptop to work. Says no casting devices found. I have a Netgear dual band router (Google says rare issue with 5GHz or dual). Can’t figure it out.

    • Michael Pahl

      only 2.4Ghz supported

      • jbegs

        I see that. My laptop is connected on the 2.4GHz as is the dongle (obviously). I have been able to send stuff from my GN II when connected to my router via the 5GHz connection. It could be that my laptop doesn’t meet the minimum requirements (Intel Core 2 Duo)?

        • Michael Pahl


          • jbegs

            It was the specs on my laptop (Intel Core 2 Duo). Tried it on my wife’s laptop (i3) and my father’s laptop (i5) with no problems.

            But thanks for ignorant comment, dick!!

          • Michael Pahl

            haha relax. I don’t see why Core 2 Duo wasn’t enough – i remember playing Crysis on a Core 2 Duo machine.

        • sagisarius


      • joejoe5709

        Maybe I’m in the minority but I find this to be a fairly major downside to the Chromecast. 5Ghz would have been soo much better especially with some of the reviews complaining that a strong and/or fast connection is key. 5Ghz doesn’t always reach very far, but it’s almost always faster than 2.4Ghz at the same distance.

  • Xious

    Plex is my number one. My family uses Plex for everything, so if they add chromecast support, that would make my day!

    • Bill Hill

      Except for the stuff it misses :/ but yes Plex is pretty awesome overall 🙂

  • danofiveo

    Hulu would be nice, but given their track record, I’m not holding my breath. Also, Amazon Instant Video would be nice.

    On a related note, I ordered a Chromecast from Amazon too late to be in the first shipment, but I received an email today from Amazon saying that I would be receiving the Nexflix code after it ships.

  • br_hermon

    I want to see local content. I don’t care who develops that app that can do it. Just imagine tapping into my HTPC from all over the house thanks to a little $35 dongle!?

    • Droidzilla

      Can’t you already do this through Chromecasting Chrome tabs?

      • br_hermon

        Technically yes but it’s extremely limited. It’s confined to chrome and what it’s capable of playing. Imagine something like VLC player! Or stream and control my Windows media center dvrs! THATD be sweet!

  • Jeff Miller

    Havent seen anyone else say this but, I would like NBC,CBS, ABC and FOX to release a compatible app. Right streaming from there site is really laggy..Unless someone knows of another way that works? When this happens…bye bye cable

    • Steve B

      Hopefully they’ll be able to add Chromecast support to their video players, the way YouTube does it.

      From the browser, you click the Chromecast icon within the Youtube player. It would be nice if all media players had this ability.

      It would also be nice for Chrome for mobile would add Chromecast as well.

    • Thomas Waznis

      Last I looked there apps were awful but fear of not getting money still stops any improvement in access.

    • PSU_DI

      I hope these sites stay far far far away from Chromecast, just let Google improve the chrometab casting. I don’t want any of these providers interfering with the content that can be “casted” What they did to GoogleTV & Android was shameful and should never be repeated.

  • ddevito

    Gallery app please

  • Jérôme Besnard

    I’d love G+ to watch photo albums.

    • Steve B

      You can do this from the browser.

      • Jérôme Besnard

        True. But that would be nice to have it built in the Android app.

  • geedee82

    It would be cool if the android gallery worked with chromecast so we could simply display photos wirelessly.

  • ArrowCool

    I wouldn’t put too much faith in HBOGo if you are a Comcast subscriber. Still can’t use it on the Roku with a Comcast account. Meanwhile Cox, Charter, and Fios customers all can…

  • 2Berad

    I would imagine Vudu would be coming soon.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I would hope. This or Flixster.

      • cransr

        They’re working on it too. Ultraviolet would be awesome.

  • DodgerDroid

    I would love TuneIn Radio, Spotify, BeyondPod or any other podcast app.

  • cransr

    Flixster is working on it too. Just emailed their support and they confirmed that there working on it.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    The more that come out the better. I would have said ESPN, but F them. Now checking my IP vs my login credentials when i try to use it means I can’t (we don’t have pay tv, just access to log ons)

    TBS and TNT would be nice with their newly released 24×7 stream.

  • Verizon

    HBOGo, Xfinity, MaxGo, Showtime, Flixster (for Vudu and Ultraviolet), Amazon, Hulu and NHL Gamecenter would all be great!

  • Zach Davis

    YES! I use Plex for all my media streaming at home and getting it to work with the Chromecast would be amazing!

  • Tony Byatt

    HBO Go needs to worry more about Android 4.3 compatibility…

    • AnotherAndroidKid

      Same with MLB.tv. Went to watch the Pirates last night and couldn’t get it to load due to 4.3.

  • sagisarius

    After using it for a few days, I think they need to do a little more work on some of the apps that do work on it. While you can pickup Netflix streaming from another device, that doesn’t work at all from Google Music or YouTube.

    • Jake

      If, from another device, you open the app that’s currently being cast and click on the Chromecast button, then it will sync with the other device and allow it to control the cast.

      • sagisarius

        I tried that with google music, and it just overrides… I’ll have to investigate further tonight.

        • Steve B

          It definitely works with Netflix and YouTube, but I had the same experience as you with Play Music.

      • Jerrod Schultz

        I tried this with youtube and couldn’t get it to work either

  • duke69111

    Has Amazon ever provided a shipping date for those who ordered after they sold out.

    • moelsen8

      No but I did just get an email saying that I was qualified for the Netflix offer, even though I ordered 5 hours after their cutoff.. And even though my order has been canceled since last week.

      • EC8CH

        I got that email too, then 15 minute later I got the email with the actual code… hilarious.

        • moelsen8

          i was lucky enough to catch that 15 minute window on Friday when best buy had stock online.

    • Ozyman666

      They’ve charged my card, so I think mine’s hipping today.

      • Ozyman666


  • loony2nz

    Can’t wait to get my Chromecast this Thursday. I’ve uploaded a few movies to my Google Drive. Play them in a Chrome browser and cast to my TV!! woohoo! (at least I’m hoping it’ll work this way)

    • DodgerDroid

      That’s a great idea. I’m stealing it

    • kfath1978

      I currently do that on my GTV….It works but the version of Chrome OS has not been updated as well as Drive….It still uses Google Docs…It can be done none the less.

    • Steve B

      This kinda works, just not very well.

  • Eric Lega-c Smith

    I want Google Play Games to happen, but I don’t think it’s really possible since the game would have too much latency to actually play on the screen. BUT Google could destroy the Ouya with this ability. Then again the Ouya isn’t really killing anything on its own. Maybe itself.

  • Chris Rickert

    tunein radio, iheartradio, amazon instant vid, google+ photo albums

    • Jason Downing

      pandora, spotify, slacker…

      • marko358

        I thought Pandora was already confirmed.

        • Jason Downing

          It may have been and I may have missed it

  • Shane Redman

    Google Play Games

  • Seth Merritt

    Has to be Hulu and Amazon. Love my chromecasts!

  • gameworm

    Amazon Prime streaming is all I want.

    • sagisarius

      I’m gonna go ahead and totally agree with you on this one.

    • EC8CH

      It would be very handy.

      What I’ve heard is that Amazon has not allowed their video service on Android yet because it didn’t have strong enough DRM, but supposedly 4.3 fixes this so maybe now we’ll see an Amazon Instant Video app for android.

      • Thomas Waznis

        i don’t use Amazon. The DRM is so strong I’m lucky if I can see a movie on a pc at all.

        • EC8CH

          Next to Netflix I think they have the largest installation base of apps for their Video service on TV’s, bluray players, and streamers.

          Part of the brilliance of the Chromecast is getting around Google’s current lack of a similar presence with a cheap piece of hardware that offers superior integration with their huge android ecosystem.

  • dannyWHITE

    BEST $35 spent EVER!

    • Jason Downing

      Was going to say exactly this, but figured someone already did. I really can’t believe they came back with something this cheap.

  • bagheadinc


  • Kevin


  • StankyChikin

    Amazon Prime Now!!!

    • EC8CH

      if that a request for chromecast support
      or a new feature on Kindle that is meant to compete with Google Now?


      • StankyChikin

        Chromecast support lol

  • slole1


    • JBartcaps

      LOL, you pay for porn. 🙂

  • Next step: Letting people have HBOGo accounts without having to subscribe to HBO on their TV.

    • Eric Lega-c Smith

      Speaking of that, I don’t watch much TV, I wish I could subscribe to seasons of shows at a time For instance a Walking Dead app that I pay $10 for the entire season. And get to watch the the moment they air on TV.

      • AnotherAndroidKid

        Many services offer that. From itunes to amazon prime, etc. I just find it far too costly on an a la carte menu

      • Shane Redman

        i paid for seasons on XBL…updated the day after. Worked for me.

      • Jeff Tycz

        you can pretty much do that now with google play. you buy the season and they are in most cases available the day after they air. But If you think you are going to bay $10 to watch a whole season anywhere you are dreaming

        • MacArthur Lingenfelter

          You can’t do that with HBO or Showtime. You have to wait months after the season finale before you can watch it on Amazon, etc. I haven’t tried Google Play but I assume it is the same way. Subscribing to a channel for 2 shows, that I actually enjoy, is not going to happen.

      • dmagicp

        You could always just download the episodes from torrentfunk dot com

        • Eric Lega-c Smith

          I’d rather do it legally.

          • dmagicp

            How is downloading a program that is broadcast over the airwaves illegal?

    • JamesU513

      Finally got my Netflix email today. Love my Chromecast for playing music on my stereo.

      One bad thing, the device is always on unless you unplug it. Wish i could turn it off with my phone/tablet..

      • Michael

        plug Into The usb on your tv and it turns off

        • JamesU513

          Ah yes, thank you, but my TV does not have a usb port. Also, the instructions recommend using the adapter.

          • EC8CH

            They recommend that only if you want the chromecast to turn your TV on using CEC control if you start casting to it.

          • Michael

            What kind of country would we be if we read instructions

    • AJ McKay

      This. A thousand times.

  • Amazon instant video

    Edit: I’ve been trying to cast Hulu from my laptop but i get nothing but lag. Native Hulu support would also be great.

    • slole1

      Honestly – Amazon would be smart to package a Chromecast with a Kindle Fire and 3 months of Prime.

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        That’s not what we need. We need Android App for Instant that’s not just on on kindle devices

        • slole1

          I’m not talking about what we need – I am stating what Amazon would be smart to do. I need an Android app that grows money on trees and gives me a direct line to Jennifer Lawrence’s dressing room.

          Amazon is using their Prime video service to move hardware. An extra incentive like a Chromecast keeps their product fresh.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            “We” are Amazon’s most prized customers. Prime Users. What we need is the only thing that matters.

          • sirmeili

            I think you’re mistaken. The Kindles are sold at near to no profit. They are selling kindles to get people to buy into their content ecosystem, not the other way around.

            They would be far smarter to release apps to Android, IOS, and so on. I refuse to buy Amazon content because I can’t view it on my phone or my tablet and I have no interest in owning a Kindle.

          • Chris-BoT

            This x1000. I’m a prime user. I started using Amazon Instant when I had it on my blu ray player, I bought a few movies for my son, some TV shows. Then I completely stopped. I refuse to buy more because I have no way to stream to my phones and tablet. In fact…now that I have a chromecast I will probably start purchasing/renting from Google Play Movies/TV now because I have a simple way to watch on TV as well as my Android devices.

            This is exactly what Amazon does NOT want me to do….and it’s ALL because they refuse to release a general Android version of instant video. Even though it’s on Google TV…and all iOS devices…and TV’s…and blu-ray players….

        • VT_mnt3

          Amazon has an instant app for google tv now, so i guess that’s something…

    • Itchy_Robot

      I agree, Amazon is going to really screw up if they don’t come out with an app that Chromecasts. I know for myself, I plan on switching from buying TV shows and renting movies from Amazon, to buying them from the Play store. Right now I buy all of my media from Amazon … but that may quickly change if they don’t create an Android Chromecast app very very soon.

      • EC8CH

        My thoughts exactly. I’m a current Prime customer and not having the ability to access the video service I am paying for on android seriously makes me question my Prime membership. And now with chromecast I can easily use the Play video service on mobile and quickly cast it to my TV. If Google Play introduces a video subscription service similar to Prime… lights out.

    • Depends on the computer you play it off of. My laptop makes it unwatchable. It’s perfect after a few seconds from my desktop.

      • KanishkSingh

        What are the Desktop and Laptop configurations?

        • The laptop is an old i3 Vaio running Ubuntu, which isn’t technically supported. I’ve played it on two desktops. One is a quad core no video card: Windows 7. Ran fine. The other one was a hexacore, sapphire radeon 5770 with 1gb ddr 5: windows 8. Also ran well.

  • Eric Lega-c Smith

    I If I could stream chrome tabs from my tablet/phone it would be amazing.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I mean honestly you can already do that especially if you have a galaxy device. Screen Mirroring

    • monkey082506

      That was the FIRST thing I tried. “You can cast a tab” they said, “You can cast from Android”, they said. However, you can’t cast a tab from Android! Was a little bummed out.

  • Chris Taylor

    This is great news.. Mine still shipping for later this week, but got my Netflix email.. This thing will open a lot of doors i think..

    • Jason Downing

      Delivery date for me in 2 days… can’t wait