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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


  • Matthew Turner

    avia won’t connect to my chromecast. Anyone else having this problem? Youtube, netflix do just fine.

    • Kofi Williams

      power cycle chromecast

      • Matthew Turner

        Worked, thanks

      • Matreyu Hermano

        How do you force update the chromecast to the latest firmware? Just continue power cycling?

  • turdbogls

    I’m only happy for Songza (its like pandora kinda…but without audio ads)
    I would like the other “local” media streamers if i didn’t have to have my PC running all the time, or could just stream from Drive or something.

    still waiting on ACTUAL local content streaming….hell even if “photos” did chromecast…I would be OK with just uploaded pics/vids were streamable.

  • Never going to use any of those 😛 I just want a app that can run the windows media server off my computer.

    (if any of these can do that say so because i know nothing about them)

    • Matreyu Hermano

      I used Plex. Very easy setup.

  • jadeveon da destroyer

    how about a maxgo update ;P

  • MikeSaver

    i dunno what any of those are

  • Zach Davis

    Stinks I have to have a PlexPass subscription to stream my own videos locally, wonder when it’ll leave the “PlexPass only” phase and be available for everyone, that was pretty much the main reason I bought the Chromecast

    • Ryuuie

      Probably in a few months or so.

  • Skittlez

    bring vudu!!

  • Give me xfinity tv!!!

    • Matreyu Hermano

      And ESPN!

  • JasonWhite

    Deer G00gle, Spotify pleeze kay thanx bai

  • Ryan

    AVIA isnt in the chromecast apps on the Google page.

  • Nicolas Pipitone

    OMG… my life is complete… Plex! That’s all i’ve ever wanted out of my little chromcast!!

  • Tirionfive

    Thank you, Google and Plex Team! I’m happy today!

    BTW, The Android app for plex is currently not working. Fix incoming.

  • Rob Miller

    Has anyone know if you can stream from 1 tab (ie google play music) to multiple chromecasts at the same time? I want to use this as a cheap version of a Sonos-type streaming system at my home (i.e, multi-room streaming of the same content)

    • CW

      Currently no, it can only stream to one device at any one given time.

  • argeebee99

    RealPlayer still exists?

  • Menger40

    Plex support is a big deal. Another android site is reporting that free Plex users will get Chromecast support soon as well.

    • Ryuuie

      It’s not just some other Android fanblog, it’s Plex’s blog itself.

      Basically, it’s exclusive to PlexPass for a while and then will move to free Plex users…however, this could be weeks or months.

  • themiracle2012

    Does your HDTV have to have a USB port? Every picture of Chromecast I’ve seen had a cable from the Chromecast to the TV.

    • Menger40

      It comes with an AC adapter in case you don’t have a port. (Ninja’d by Paul!)

      • themiracle2012

        Thank you.

    • Paul

      No, it comes with an adapter for power if your TV does not have USB.

  • fauxshizzl

    One good app and 9 worthless apps. Oh boy. How about an SDK so a real developer can make this thing do what it should have out of the box?

  • I’m sorry to say this! but I think is the same gadget with a few more channels, still you need an internet connection and the quality is not the best, also there countries that will not work for territory restrictions.

    • Menger40

      Check your signal strength if you have quality issues. Mine seemed to be pretty sucky the first time I used it, but then I noticed it was only showing 2 bars of signal strength. I moved my wireless router around a bit and found a spot where everything can get good signal. It made a world of difference.

    • LionStone

      I use it with no problems with my phones hotspot

  • rthvk

    Until they let developers do their own thing and make it open-source, I feel Chromecast can only be half complete.

    If only they let AllCast slide, there would probably be a lot more purchases too.

    • CW

      Agreed, they need to open the source very soon to get the momentum on this device!

      • Adrynalyne

        Chromecast will never be open source, but I get what ya meant.

        • CW

          Thanks for crushing my dreams, jk! But seriously, a public released SDK would also work.

          • Adrynalyne

            Yeah, totally.

    • dragonflyr

      agreed. until i can easily stream local content i’m just not buying one.

  • steveliv

    from the plex app page it appears the chromecast functionality is only available with a Plex Pass subscription.

  • cgalyon

    Still waiting for Google to open this up to 3rd party developers. I bought a Chromecast and don’t regret it (it’s great for wireless display purposes), but I would really like to see it opened up more. I suspect the slowdown is primarily due to content management… seeing how everything that plugs into a TV apparently needs the approval of the MPAA, the RIAA, and cable companies.

  • Daniel Russell

    Don’t care about any of those. I’m waiting for my NBA League Pass/ MLB at Bat apps to get this. Tune in Radio would be nice as well.

  • Razma

    all i want is spotify

  • Ben Murphy

    Yes for Plex!

  • Miguel Angel Portela

    PLEX?! SOLD.

  • AbbyZFresh

    So what’s the purpose of the Nexus TV if the Chromecast is just gonna get more apps?

    • Franz

      Google Now on your TV I think is what they might aim for..

      Think of Chromecast as the Moto G of Android, and Nexus TV as the Nexus 5 of Android. They will both have their niches.

    • Ryuuie

      We don’t know. The Nexus TV is a rumor.

  • Curtis Black

    Please bring Soundcloud support! That’s all I want out of my Chromecast!

    • Jonathan Ofalla

      My thoughts exactly. It’s the only service that makes me break out the laptop and tab cast from chrome.

  • WAldenIV

    Now they need to modify the “Cast a Tab” behavior to extract the video content and not require the PC to reencode the stream.

  • brad0383

    Too bad the Plex update just forces closes now.

    • dazz1996

      I know right

    • cns2007

      Dev stated they are aware and working on a fix.

  • DJyoSNOW

    Beyond Pod woot @Above&Beyond #groupTherapy

  • KPunk

    Plex! YESSS

  • sr_erick

    Finally, Plex!!

  • LionStone

    “All big names”?? I’ve heard of VEVO, that’s it lol!

  • Tony G.

    still no redtube or youporn. it’s 2013 man

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      thanks for making me laugh :^)

      • Chris M

        Hilarious….BUT TRUE!

    • T S

      you, sir. . . win the internet today.

  • incubus26jc

    Note: Plex, Avia and Real Player Cloud will allow for local content streaming

    • moelsen8

      i was wondering about this when i read it. judging by the google play descriptions, it looks like you need to setup a media server for plex, some sort of streaming crap for avia, and real player cloud expects you to upload all of your files to its servers and then restream them to you. what’s the easiest way to press play on my device and get it on the TV without uploading or setting up anything?

      • Jason13L

        Plex is extremely easy. Install a very small app (uses a browser for the interface) and it will automatically scrub your media, download cover art, and walk you through setting up an account. Have the plex app on your phone/tablet/roku and you are good to go. You can see all of your content within your network, or outside depending on how you set it up. Only config from the app side is logging in with your username and password and it figures out the rest. Been using this setup for years to get my content to my Roku and tablets.

        • moelsen8

          yeah i’ve been hearing a lot about plex for a long while now. i’ll have to check it out, actually been wanting to. but i wouldn’t call it local streaming on the chromecast.. per se. maybe “local streaming” on the chromecast. still waiting for a media player on the phone that casts local content with one tap after install.

          • dazz1996

            Avia is the app your looking for

          • moelsen8

            cool, i’ll check it out

          • Jason13L

            Yeah same here. Most of my content any more travels with me. Would love to have something to push from my phone. Heck… I am a dad, sometimes you need to break out the pictures of the kids. SMH

      • Jem

        Plex for sure for local content. It sits on your hard drive, you press play on your phone/tablet/computer (for the computer, in the browser) and toss it at the chromecast.

      • dazz1996

        Good thing for me I have had plex from day one so it’s a one click for me at home work or at a hotel. Just set it up its just a few steps

  • zach471

    How about its own Gallery/Photos app?

    • jay

      use avia to stream local content

      • zach471

        I’ll give it a shot. Didn’t know about that app.

      • fauxshizzl

        Is there a way to stream mobile Chrome tabs?

        • MikeCiggy

          I was also looking for this when I picked up my Chromecast this weekend. I’m thinking because desktop is still in Beta we have a little bit of a wait before the mobile is released.

          • fauxshizzl

            If you hit the “share” icon in the mobile Chrome app and have Koush’s AllCast app installed it gives the option to send it to it, but the format is not supported so it doesn’t work. That is the closest I got so far. Otherwise it has been a $35 waste of money.

      • Tony Byatt

        It says “In-App purchase Required”…

    • Flat_Stanley

      Seriously, this is another example of where Nexus devices lag behind the rest of the market.

      • Adrynalyne

        I must have missed where Samsung, HTC, or LG had this functionality in their software as well.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          Are you trying to use Logic on the Internet? Is that allowed?

          • Adrynalyne

            Doubt it.

            *Waits for downvotes*

          • Franklin Ramsey

            I’m fairly sure using logic on the Internet breaks the Terms and conditions of your internet provider and every website that allows for user posts.

        • Flat_Stanley

          Oops, you’re right. I was confusing the Chromecast with DIAL access offered by most Smart TVs. With a smart TV and seemingly any other brand of Android phone, you can already “cast” pictures/videos/Youtube from your phone to the TV, without having to switch the input channel.

      • chaz gendrew

        He’s right….I feel like a idiot. The HTC One has and app called HTC MEDIA Share (that I have been ignoring) that will actually allow you to broadcast local phone content to DLNA devices. And if HTC has it, i bet Samsung does too. trying when i get home tonight

    • jnt

      Plex will do it as well supposedly.

      • JD

        plex definitely does it. The new version of both the server and the client was released this morning. works great.

  • Guest 345

    Pocket Casts is ready yet no Pocket Casts? I can’t stand Beyond Pod’s UI, looks like I will have to use Beyond Pod. All good.

    • That’s the one I’m really waiting for, no way I’m using beyond pod though.

    • They posted a demo of Pocket Casts working with Chromecast back in August. I wish Google would let them publish it already.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    When will Vudu or Flixster get support?!?

  • r0l

    Officially don’t need a Roku for my extra TV any more. Nice.

  • Brandon Miller

    Now Chromecast is REALLY starting to become interesting. I used it a decent bit before hand, but with the additions of Plex, Avia, and a couple others I’ll be using this every single day likely.

  • CW Larson

    Still, Spotify is not one of them…

    • Jake

      i wouldnt be surprised if they had a deal with Pandora.

      • Kevin

        why aren’t you guys arguing???

        • Snowbo13

          go state

        • CW

          Probably because I JUST changed my icon after seeing Iowa replied to me…

          • Kevin

            haha gotcha

          • EC8CH


          • Ian

            Pipe down lil brother

          • CW

            And the plot thickens!

          • EC8CH

            I’m not actually a fan of the purple pussies….

            My team will see you next year……

            Hail the Bison!

          • CW

            May the best team win!

  • 2Berad

    WTH still no VUDU?

    • Franklin Ramsey

      I know, I’m thinking the same thing.

      • 2Berad

        I would like to see Amazon Prime as well.

        • JBartcaps

          They don’t even have an Android app…

          • steveliv

            They do, but it is only available on select GoogleTV devices, and the Kindle of course.

          • r0l

            It’s not even an app, it just launches the web page.

          • steveliv

            On the 2nd Edition Sony GoogleTV it is a native app, not the website.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I’m not so worried about Amazon Prime. I still just use Netflix.

        • Paul Quirk

          I thought Amazon was working on their own casting dongle to compete against Chromecast.

  • Mordecaidrake


    • Jem

      AHHHHHHHHHH. Finally. That makes my day.

      • veRdiKt

        Too bad you need PlexPass. What a buncha hypes. $75 just to stream to chromecast??? Sorry Ill get a refurb AppleTV.

        • Drooblz

          It has a bunch of features other than that for the membership, but I agree that it’s a bit much.

        • Tirionfive

          You know, you can also get a month to month subscription, Or you can wait. Chromecast will come to all in due time.

  • dazz1996

    Plex yes that’s all I need

  • Jay

    Sweet! with Avia you can stream local content!

    • Ryuuie

      You can do the same with Plex too.

      • rfranken

        from my experience Plex is dog shat

        • Ryuuie

          Good for you?

    • rfranken

      the reviews for Avia chromecast in app purchase all say it doesn’t work.

  • Jake

    I want BTN2GO and Chrome capabilities from phone and tablets.

    • Ian

      Chrome already runs on phones and tablets

      • Travillion

        But you can’t cast from mobile versions of Chrome, only desktop.

  • Sean Halpin

    Whyyy no WatchESPN??

    • a3uge

      They’ll never let that happen. I’m not sure why, or even who “they” are, but I’m sure someone won’t allow that.

      • JBartcaps

        Why not?

      • Ryuuie

        ESPN won’t let that happen. 😛 Nor will the NFL or other sports companies.

        • WAldenIV

          That’s BS. They just released a channel for Roku. I watched Monday Night Football last week.

          • Ryuuie

            Don’t tell me it’s BS. Tell ESPN. :v Google isn’t the MOST trusted company by all, you know…considering they’re all for open-this, open-that.

          • WAldenIV

            I was referring to your logic.

          • Ryuuie

            Again, don’t tell me my logic is BS as yours isn’t any better. :v “My Roku got it!” doesn’t mean anything. It could mean that Roku struck a deal, it could mean that Roku always was intended to get it. No one knows.

            It’s a fact that companies don’t trust Google. I’m sure you’ve heard of Apple, Sony (yes, Sony), Microsoft, and others trying to go against Google in court for anti-trust issues? If you haven’t, you should take some time to read up.

          • WAldenIV

            Totally irrelevant. You claim ESPN and the NFL don’t want a Chromecast app, which is a completely baseless claim.

          • Ryuuie

            Baseless, huh? I suppose you work for the ESPN or NFL then and know what they want and don’t want, who they trust and don’t trust?

            Honestly, your reasoning of “But my Roku has it!” is worse than mine as it’s just the typical “But X did it!” argument from one’s childhood.

            Come back when you can actually back up your claims. As for me? Well…





            While these articles have nothing to do with the Chromecast, it does back up what I said about companies not exactly liking (or trusting) Google. This can easily tie into the ESPN and NFL not wanting their content on Chromecast for whatever reason.

            Could I be wrong? Yes. It’s just one of many possibilities.

            However, I’m pretty sure “But Roku just got it!” is pretty far down on the “reasons why Chromecast doesn’t have ESPN” list.

            Oh, I’m forgetting about the cable companies too. They would DEFINITELY have a say in this as well as they wouldn’t be too happy. They’re already pissed about YouTube and Netflix (Netflix specifically). So much so that one of the FCC chairmen has stated that the cable companies should be allowed to charge Netflix just for their customers using the service. This would cause Netflix to raise their own prices to keep up.


            If you think the cable companies would be ok with ESPN on Chromecast when people are already cutting cable for cheaper options, you’re crazy.

            But, it’s ok, your Roku got it so ESPN will come tomorrow, I bet. :v

            I can see you’re not that good at debating or having sources, so I think I’m done here.

          • JBartcaps

            Cable companies have 0% say in whether ESPN supports Chromecast or not. Remember it would be Chromecast for WatchESPN, not the entire channel, the games and shows would be limited. Just because Google is getting sued doesn’t mean ESPN won’t support Chromecast. Just because you throw in irrelevant links doesn’t mean you’re right. Just like WAlden was saying, you’re making a completely baseless claim.

          • Shawn John

            ESPN and the NFL are very stringent with their licensing, they do not just hand out access to their media without a round table meeting with large sums of money involved. Hell, currently the NFL makes money selling re-run NFL games, you think their going to allow Google to broadcast their game on chromecast without lining their pockets with M’s? Wishful thinking at best. That would be giving the middle finger to their business partners like Verizon that paid top dollar for exclusive mobile rights to broadcast their games.

          • billy

            I fear that licensing will be the thing that will prevent Chromecast from ever achieving potential (vs. simply doing what is printed on the box, which strikes me as a pretty low bar/only justifiable given Chromecast’s price point… but I digress).

            Licensing is what prompted Apple to lock down iTunes content with DRM and insist on copy protection/encryption on iOS devices. It’s why Sunday Ticket is a DirecTV exclusive and why local broadcasts are blacked out on virtually all sports streaming packages. It’s why you can only DL your uploaded music from Google Music twice from your browser. It’s why content is constantly being added to/removed from Netflix. The content owners insist on their products and property being paid for and protected from piracy, so content providers and device makers have to jump through crazy hoops to deliver that content.

            Ultimately, there’s not much that any company, even the likes of Google/Apple/Amazon, can do here. They need to make sure that their partners who provide the content are happy, and the content owners have all sorts of agreements and exclusives worked out with different content providers. It’s an absolute mess, and I don’t see this changing any time soon.

          • a3uge

            I guess that’s promising. I was under the impression that these sort of things just don’t end up happening – like how I’m not able to even purchase a WatchESPN account and can’t get the streaming because my TV provider is DirectTV

    • WAldenIV

      They just released a Roku channel so I’m sure a Chromecast app isn’t too far behind.

    • EC8CH

      This…. make it so

    • Qbancelli

      Google/ESPN please make this happen!

  • Steve

    Ever since ditching my Logitech Revue I have missed Plex. I have a PS3 and smart TV so I can fill in most of the gaps but it might be worth getting this just so I can get the Plex UI back

    • Allen Yates

      Nevermind. Dumb comment. Please ignore. 🙂

  • viewthis66

    maybe it’s just me but i don’t know half of those haha :/

    • Jake

      lol me either.

    • pizzaparties

      I don’t know any of them. Thought with the headline I might give the apple tv a rest for some chromecast, but appears that won’t happen.

      • viewthis66

        that’s pretty much the same reaction i had haha

      • Joe

        how do you read a site like this and have never heard of plex?? sure, the rest all suck though

        • alex

          Songza is the shit! no play limits and music curated by actual humans? it’s pretty great.

        • pizzaparties

          I know what you’re implying, but I’m not really a “techie.” This is the first mention of plex on here (http://www.droid-life.com/tag/plex/) and I work in television so I have more than enough media to watch.

    • Marek

      I dont know both halfs of those. and vevo is a youtube channel.
      google would do themselves a favor by stopping releasing half baked products.

      • Adrynalyne

        What are you referring to as half-baked?

        • Marek

          Chromecast. it’s a beta product at best.

          • Adrynalyne

            It does everything it advertised to, though?

            Anemic at worst, but not half-baked, IMO.

          • fauxshizzl

            While I agree, keep in mind for the last few years companies have figured out they can now sell products on promises of what it WILL be able to do through software updates some time down the road, not what it can do out of the box. Unfortunately most of them are empty promises and most updates never come to fruition and not so much as an apology is issued in its place.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            How does the Chromecast not do everything it says it will do on the box? It works as advertised. Google can’t help that you wish it would do additional things it never said it could do, but they are trying.

          • fauxshizzl

            Speaking of the Chromecast specifically, I agree it does everything promised out of the box. I guess I am more bent about the fact they have so far locked it down more than any other Google made device. While they didn’t say they would allow devs to have their way with it, they didn’t say they wouldn’t either. I wanted one because I knew hackers would do awesome stuff with it, just like my phones. So as soon as I heard Koush made an app that enabled the functionality I wanted out of the device I jumped on it and got one. They allowed it at first, then cut the balls off the best app made for it to date and disabled root access at the same time. So no, they never advertised that ability, and it was within their right to disable it. But if they were the type of company I would expect to do something like that, I would have never bought one.

          • Franklin Ramsey

            So you got one because an App that exploited a security flaw in the device, and are upset because that security flaw was patched? I’m not sure how you didn’t think that would happen?

          • JD_26

            you didnt get what he was saying .. usually the dont block root etc..

          • Franklin Ramsey

            Oh I get what he is saying. And usually they do block root if it is obtained by a security flaw so I don’t understand why he was surprised. If root is obtained without causing a security issue, they leave it be.

          • Matt Isaacs

            It won gadget of the year.. not bad for a beta product. I believe it does everything Google says its made for. What kind of trouble are you having with yours?

          • Marek

            I dont have one. I wanted to get it right when I came out (especially with the netflix bundle) but then I started reading, that it did not do much and about a guy who wrote some plugin to send pictures from phone to tv and how google disabled his product and how google later explained that it’s a work in progresss and API keeps changing. So…. beta. Time’s award is probably like the President’s Nobel, for potential not achievements.

          • Matt Isaacs

            I agree somewhat, I just think for the price and what it can do I am really impressed. Cant wait to see what the future holds

          • Marek

            Totally agree here. Raspberry pi can play hd movies and for the price it is really good too. But I think a lot of us would like to pay a little bit extra and have some of the potential and future be well executed reality and that way chromecast would be awesome even for more money than its current price. But it’s not, hence my original post.

      • MikeCiggy

        The Chromecast is far from half baked. Even if only Hulu and Netflix were the only functioning apps the Chromecast priced at $35 is a great to get access to those apps onto your TV.

        • Big_EZ

          Except for people who don’t use them, and it’s not marketed for the few apps it has. I’m very disappointed (I can’t use mine for anything). I think some of these apps will finally allow us to view our own content.

          • Mike

            So you bought a product and don’t need it to do what it was designed to do but, you don’t like it because it doesn’t do what they never said it would do…..?

            Makes perfect sense.

          • Big_EZ

            I bought it to use apps that were working, then Google fixed it so that it no longer does what I bought it for. It was just fine until Google blocked everything worth a damn.

          • Adrynalyne

            You bought it for apps that used an unapproved method to get around Google whitelisting.

            You knew the risks (or should have).

          • Bill Hill

            Still doesn’t make me waffles damn it!

          • Cowboydroid

            then why did you buy it

          • Big_EZ

            For what you could do, but now you can’t.

          • d-rock

            Yeah that wasn’t real smart! If you bought it for an unadvertised feature, it means you had to do you homework on it and you knew when you bought it that it wasn’t SUPPOSED TO DO what you bought it for. It wasn’t supposed to do anything other than advertised until the SDK was released. I’ll buy yours for $5.

          • TheMan876

            Plex lets you view your own content. It’s what I’ve been waiting for.

    • Kevin

      Sorry to hijack your comment but a lot of people here waiting for Allcast by Koush, you could just use Avia. Avia has been letting me beam pictures, HD movies, and music to my Google TV with no trouble. It’s been around for a while now with this update it let’s you do it with the Chromecast.

      • JD_26

        thanks you was looking for this info in the comments

      • michael arazan

        TY for posting that, going to look for avia. Hope others post their finds too. I want to be able to use drive to watch videos I have, as well as on my phone. Plus watching videos from around the net, cause $2 for a 22 minute tv show is ridiculous. So is anything over $4-5 dollars to rent for a movie.

    • Jeremy Martin

      sad thing is you have to pay for casting support for a few of these apps…plex and avia for starters. What a crock.

  • Lou M


    • JimmyHACK

      Sadly you need a PlexPass membership, but still sweeeet!

      • Ryan Cota

        For now…but they will open it up in the future I am sure.

        • Ryuuie

          Yeah, but they’ve said that with the downloading of your movies from the cloud (as in it would be a separate subscription one day).

          They still haven’t done that.

          I’d say just get PlexPass and go with it.

    • Lou M

      After updated app, it will no longer open.