Chromecast, Google’s HDMI dongle, launched with just a handful of apps in July 2013, but more partners have since updated their apps with support for the $35 device.
The latest batch of new apps is quite substantial, and includes some popular streaming services and media player apps that let you play personal cloud-synced content. Here’s the full list, as per Google’s Chrome blog:
- Red Bull.TV
- Revision 3
- RealPlayer Cloud
The additions that will please most users are probably the media players Plex, Avia, and RealPlayer. These apps let you cast local content such as video, music, and images to a Chromecast equipped device, via the cloud. There’s a caveat: at least in the case of Plex and Avia, you will need to sign up for a paid subscription service.
The reason you need to sync your media to the cloud first (or an internet connected private server) is because the Chromecast doesn’t actually stream media from your device. Instead, when you cast a video or web page to your TV, you actually send to the Chromecast the URL of the resource you want to view on the big screen.
The new apps join big names like YouTube, Netflix, and HBO Go to make the Chromecast appealing to even more users. Sure, there are still some big holdouts out there, with Spotify and Amazon Video in leading positions, but the Time gadget of the year 2013 can’t be ignored much longer.