The Google Chromecast may not be the only cheap, pocket sized device that lets you stream content from the internet to your TV anymore. But more than a year after launch, the $35 streaming device continues to get more useful as a growing number of developers add support for Google Cast.
Now Google has announced that you can stream content from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TuneIn Radio, Sesame Street Go, EPIX, Encore, and YuppTV.
Those apps join popular services including Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, HBO Go, Showtime Anywhere, Pandora, MLB.tv, and many more.
These days the $35 Chromecast has a lot of competition in the cheap TV streamer space. Roku’s Streaming Stick sells for $50 and Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick is priced at $39, although all three devices are on sale for lower prices during the holiday season.
I’m not even going to bother counting up all the cheap, Android-powered devices from Chinese device makers.
But the Chromecast still has a lot of things going for it. The device is small, cheap, and speedy: it boots quickly enough that I just leave mine plugged into the USBport on my TV. It takes a few seconds for the TV to turn on and just a few more for the Chromecast to power up. The device is also extraordinarily easy to use: there’s no remote control or user interface. Just find a video you want to watch on your phone (or PC web browser), tap a button, and it starts playing on the Chromecast.
I’m starting to dabble with the Amazon Fire TV Stick as a Chromecast alternative… but my biggest reason for doing that is that the Chromecast doesn’t stream video from Amazon Instant Video, and now that Amazon offers its own alternative to the Chromecast, it’s not clear if the company has any incentive to support Google’s device.