Google and HBO have announced that you can now stream content from HBO Go to a Chromecast device. Just fire up the HBO Go app on your Android or iOS device, or in a Chrome web browser on your PC and you can send videos to your TV using one of Google’s $35 wireless dongles.

You’ll still need to be an HBO subscriber to use the service. But at least now you don’t need a rooted Chromecast to stream Game of Thrones to your TV.

With the latest update, you can now use a Chromecast to stream content from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Movies, Hulu Plus, and HBO Go as well as music from Google Play Music or Pandora.

You still get a lot more bang for your buck with a Roku, which supports over 100 additional services including Vudu, Amazon, and Crackle.

But Google’s Chromecast is slowly playing catch up — and its key selling point is ease of use. You don’t need a fancy remote control or even a new mobile app to use it. Just open the same app you’d normally use to stream video to your phone or tablet, choose the option to view on your TV, and the mobile app turns into a remote

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5 replies on “Chromecast gains HBO Go support… still can’t do as much as a Roku”

    1. I can stream to Roku from my WHS box running PlayOn/PlayLater, from my NAS/Twonky appliance box, etc. This is mainly because of 3rd party Roku support, and works through 3rd party Roku “channels.” The Chromecast story is a lot murkier and doesn’t seem to be open enough to move beyond curated content. I’m puzzled at the level of interest in it we see in the press.

    2. I share my phone or tablet to my computer and then play the files in chrome by holding crtl p . Add the Chromecast extension and you can send the tab with the movie to your Chromecast

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