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Google Announces 10 New Chromecast Apps for the Holidays


Chromecast welcomed in 10 new supported apps this morning in an announcement from Google. Previously, Google’s HDMI dongle only supported 7 apps, with recent additions of HBO Go and Pandora helping up that number which had sat at a handful since the device’s launch back in the summer. We sort of expected others to join the party much sooner, but Google has remained mostly closed about Chromecast and 3rd party developers. That’s still mostly the case, as the new apps are all big names. But either way, at least you have 10 more reasons to put that $35 plug to work. 

The list of new apps is as follows:

  •  VEVO
  • Red Bull.TV
  • Songza
  • PostTV
  • Viki
  • Revision 3
  • BeyondPod
  • Plex
  • Avia
  • RealPlayer Cloud


To keep up with future app additions, you can always head to chromecast.com/apps.

Via:  Google Chrome Blog
  • viperxp

    Got my cake and ate it too! Browsing in my local Goodwill store, lo and behold there sits a brand new sealed CC. Price…$3.99! Got home with my prize plugged it in minutes later setup complete! I can cast from the wife’s Galaxy 3, my Galaxy 4, the Galaxy Tab 3, son’s Iphone5, laptop and both desktops! No problems. I empathize with those who are experiencing difficulties but dude I am stoked!

  • S_Deemer

    If Amazon adds Chromecast support to Prime Instant, I will become a Prime subscriber at the drop of a hat.

  • James Farrell

    It says stream any video but I can’t stream videos from my xfinity go app and streampix app. Does anyone know how to use these on chromecast or is it just false advertising on the box in which it says send video or anything on the Web to your TV from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Already have Vizio co-star that streams Netflix, YouTube, chrome and almost all the other apps that chrome cast has except for one. So right now I paid $35 to watch only HBO go on TV with chromecast.

  • disqus_zMGM5EtbEL

    chrome cast sucks i almost lost my mind trying to get it to work and never did i am taking it back

  • jl184

    Don’t knock it til you try it! Thumbs up.

  • dragonflyr

    Regarding local content .. all is good. Bought a chromecast last night and tried it with aVia. Played/streamed local content with aVia (from phone) just fine. Then I set up a Plex media server on a pc and loaded it up with mp4’s .. everything streamed to my tv perfectly (use aVia on mobile device to “see” plex server and cast content to tv). All in all, you have to spend $2.99 for aVia. Plex media server for PC is free.

  • d790

    Still Waiting For PocketCast Support…..Sill Excited About The Added Support

    • NexusMan

      Yes. That would be great. Right now, I’m pulling up all my PocketCast videos up on YouTube, and then casting them that way.

  • Guest

    Yes! Plex. You Rock Google. Guess I have to buy a second one now. Almost made me think I was going to have to buy a roku

  • Sean Bello

    Screw Plex for making you buy the app, and then charge you for features on top of it. Even more so for breaking the app that people paid for.

    • bitpimpin

      i wish i could upvote this more than once

  • DaveTea

    Was a bit bummed to not see Vimeo on the list but having Plex is pretty slick.

  • p0k3y

    Plex helps, next step will be an app that actually plays the video content local on the android device.

  • mikewilson1021

    Why is there still no Drive support through the Android app? I just looked into this Avia app and you can link cloud services like Dropbox, Picasa and Facebook(!?), but you still can’t cast Drive. Seems odd that they wouldn’t integrate their own products.

    • Bob Bigellow

      Maybe this is a case of them wanting to give third-parties a chance before they eventually pummel them with their own superior services.

  • Spider210

    Plex, Of course they love double dipping… I buy the app and now I have to pay the subscription to use it on my chrome cast.

  • duke69111

    Where did they find most of these apps?

  • Shawn John

    The minute google adds a feature like reverse casting, (Cast what’s on your TV to your Device) people will be hand over fists for these dongles. Essentially it would be like a sling box but a dongle instead!

    • Timothy McGovern

      why would you want to watch it on a smaller screen?

      • Bob Bigellow


        • Timothy McGovern

          chromecast works over bluetooth doesn’t it? It would only be portable in your house, which is useless.

          • JohnPA2006

            Wifi, not BT.
            connects to TV via HDMI and uses 1 usb port for power, or you can plug it into the included power adaptor.

          • Bob Bigellow

            Chromecast works over WiFi. It may be useless to you, but not to others. Maybe you’ve got several rooms and don’t want to put a screen in each. This gives you a screen you can walk around with in your home, or bring out to your garage or your yard.

          • Bob Bigellow

            It works over WiFi. I’m not sure having a portable screen within one’s home is entirely useless. Not every nook and cranny of a home has a television. I could see this being useful in one’s yard or in the garage.

  • NorCalGuy

    Red bull TV??

  • Raven

    I am really waiting/hoping for Vudu to get Chromecast support so that I can stream my collection of 50+ movies via my Chromecast instead of a 15′ HDMI cable.

  • dshizzel

    I was pretty much excited about Plex, until I saw that it required some kind of freakin’ subscription to watch my own stuff. Screw that. Anybody know the skinny on RealPlayer? Will that work as one would hope? — I’m still at work, so can’t try it yet….

    • zzz525

      If you read the description, it says “currently” … meaning it’s coming free in the future. PlexPass subscribers get new features first. You really can’t shell out a whole $3.99/mo for a couple months until it’s out for everyone?

      • Sean Bello

        you can’t really charge somebody $4/mo or $30/yr for one that might not work (or doesn’t, in this case. the app is broken)

        • zzz525

          Really? App works great for me. The initial release this morning was broken, but they fixed it pretty quick.

  • Dlongb13

    Plex!!!!!!! Finally!!!!!!!

  • Murph

    Avia requires in-app purchase to unlock Chromecast capability? FAIL.

  • Armus

    what kind of apps are those?

  • One Meat Ball

    Why would I need Songza or RealPlayer Cloud if I already have Google Play All Access? The only one of those apps that I might use occasionally is Beyondpod.

    • Brad

      doesn’t matter why they’d need it… i’m just excited there’re more apps available

  • dragonflyr

    give me local content! …. or no thank you.

  • YES! Finally Plex and Viki (Asian Dramas) 🙂

    • ddh819

      viki ipad app can send to chromecast too

  • Justin W

    So, when will Twitch.TV join in on the fun? Its the one app I’m waiting for, everything else I want is available.

  • Aaron C

    Huge huge news. I didn’t expect to see anything worthwhile in this list, but Plex, RealPlayer Cloud and BeyondPod have just given me more reason to use Chromecast over my Popcorn Hour boxes.

  • Twofourturbo

    Atleast give me Google Drive Support.. FUHHH

  • Trent Russell

    While Plex is great and all, it concerns me that they’ve restricted this capability to subscription customers. It would be massively unfortunate if this starts a trend of required additional payment to send a respective app’s content to chromecast. I acknowledge the fact that Plex says they will remove this restriction, but it seems like a quick revenue scheme for them.

    • It is only restricted to the subscriptions customers for a limited time. Should be public release soon…what does soon mean…no idea…but Plex is awesome.

  • Blue Sun

    RealPlayer still exists?

    • akhnaten

      I know, next thing we will read is “Winamp for Chromecast”. lol

      • Blue Sun

        Poor Winamp. You will be missed.

        • Turd_Ferguson

          no more whipping lamas

  • sgtguthrie

    What about Max Go, Starz Play, etc. WTF Google!

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Why does amazon not have an android app? Anyone???

    • Trent Russell

      kindle sales.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      They want you to get a Kindle.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        They want me to regret my amazon prime membership.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Google does, yes. They want you to use their play store for Movies. Amazon wants you to use their services and not Google, so they want you to regret that you don’t have a kindle to pair up with your Prime membership.

        • I gave up Prime after they started restricting the smaller items and won’t put out an android app.

    • CW
      • TheDrunkenClam

        I should have been more specific. Amazon prime instant video app

    • dragonflyr

      because amazon is sorta like apple .. you gotta use their hardware for their services. they want you to buy a kindle .. for cheap. and then get addicted to ordering stuff.

    • Raven65

      THIS! I started an Amazon Prime trial membership assuming there was an Android app for their Instant Video service and was very disappointed to learn that there wasn’t. I sent them a complaint – and got this response (literally a cut & paste from my email):

      “I have read your email and I am truly sorry for any disappointment caused in this regard. I understand your concern as you would like to know why do we not have the amazon instant video app on android.

      Kindly know that the rights for making the amazon instant video app available on android is with the android developers and they have not given us the rights to make this available till now and this is the reason why we do not have the amazon instant video app available on android devices at the moment. Hope you understand.

      However, please be assured that we are working with the android developers and we are in a pipeline to make the amazon instant video app available on android devices soon.

      I am happy to consider this as a positive feedback and this will surely help other customers as well. Thanks for bringing this up. What a wonderful feedback this is I must thank you once again for this feedback.

      As an amazon instant video user my self, I understand, how convenient it would for all our customers if this feature is implemented i.e availability of amazon instant video app on android devices as well.

      Further, I see that you have subscribed to a free prime membership trial which will automatically end on December 19, 2013. If you do not want this membership to be extended please let us know and we will make sure that this does not get auto renewed and you are not charged for it.

      Please be assured that this is something which is already in plan and we are working with the android developers to have it soon.

      We regularly update our amazon instant video with added features. As soon as your request becomes available, we will definitely let you know about this through our website.

      If you have any further questions, you can use the below link to write back to us.”

  • JustinCrouch