Sling Adds Chromecast Support

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Google's inexpensive Chromecast device keeps getting better and better, and it's mostly not even by Google's own hands (though the recent launch of screen mirroring was pretty big). More third-party apps continue to offer support, and today the device gets a big one.

Sling, which lets people watch their own TV set-ups remotely by way of mobile app, now supports Chromecast, meaning users can watch from any TV with a Chromecast (and they're quite portable) just as if they were in their own living room.

Sling says in a blog post:

If you’re not familiar with Chromecast, here’s a quick rundown: It’s a dongle (don’t you love that word?) made by Google that you plug into a TV’s HDMI port. It lets you “cast” content onto the big screen wirelessly from apps running on your mobile device. When paired with the Slingplayer app, you’ll be able to watch any of your cable or satellite programming (live or recorded) on any TV that’s been set up with Chromecast. Remember, both the Chromecast device and Slingplayer-equipped mobile device must be on the same network. And when they are, you’ll be able to control your TV with a soft remote interface that shows up on your phone or tablet:

Chromecast, like the other popular Sling-supported video streamers including Roku players and Apple TV, is compact (less than three inches long) and inexpensive ($35). We feel this will present a simple but powerful solution for our Sling customers who want to watch on multiple home TVs without setting up more than one set-top box, or would like to use Sling to watch their home content on a TV in a hotel, vacation home, office or anywhere else.

Chromecast support is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android Phones, with Android tablet support on the way.

The news follows Google's announcement this week that Chromecast has also gained support from Twitch, Disney's TV apps, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever. Other recent additions include Watch ABC and NPR One.

Image via Sling

Chris Crum
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