It's a good day for Chromecast users hoping to get more streaming content options. Both CBS and Fox announced new support for Google's $35 streaming device.
CBS announced the ability to cast CBS content from CBS.com and the CBS App, including that from the CBS All Access subscription service, which costs $5.99 a month for over 7,000 on-demand episodes from the current season, previous seasons, and classic shows as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in over 20 markets (with more added each month).
Variety reports that Fox's streaming service has added Chromecast support, providing access to full episodes of current and recent shows, including Empire, American Idol, Bones, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Following, Glee, Gotham, Hell's Kitchen, The Last Man On Earth, MasterChef, The Mindy Project, New girl, The Simpsons, Sleepy Hollow, and Wayward Pines.
Users have to subscribe to participating cable, satellite or telco pay-TV providers in order to watch the content, it says. This is fairly standard for streaming services from TV channels. The same applies to offerings from HBO, Comedy Central, etc. Variety's Todd Spangler writes:
To date, Fox has cut “TV Everywhere” authentication deals for its Fox Now app and Fox.com covering most pay-TV providers in the U.S. Those include Comcast, DirecTV, Dish Network, Time Warner Cable, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Mediacom and Suddenlink.
Google I/O, the company's developer conference, is set to take place on May 28 and 29 in San Francisco. Some are speculating that the company will announce a new version of Chromecast. Michael Andronico at Tom's Guide says:
The Chromecast streaming stick turns two years old this summer, making it the perfect time for Google to unveil its successor. There's an I/O session dedicated to building games for Google Cast devices, which will touch on "designing for the mobile and television experience on multiple screens." Will the new Chromecast allow for multi-display gaming? We'll have to wait and see. With Apple expected to revampits Apple TV later this year, Google could certainly benefit from having its miniature media player back in the spotlight.
You can get a look at all the apps that currently support Chromecast here.
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