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Chromecast SDK opened up to developers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 03 Feb 2014 23:10 User comments (9)

Chromecast SDK opened up to developers Google has announced that it has opened up the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers, allowing them to build Chromecast support into additional apps and websites.
Says Google: "Chromecast makes it easy to enjoy all of your favorite online content on a TV screen with the simple press of a button on your phone, tablet or laptop. We want to make it easier for that content to get to your TV, so today we're releasing the Google Cast Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers who want to build Chromecast support into their apps and websites.

For the rest of us, that means even more of our favorite movies, TV shows and music will become available on Chromecast as developers work with the SDK. Just be on the lookout for the cast button in your favorite apps and websites across Android, iOS and Chrome."


Currently, there is a limited list of Chromcast supported services and apps; Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, YouTube, Google Play TV and Movies, Vevo, Plex, Songza, Google Music, Redbull.tv, PostTV, Viki and RealPlayer Cloud.

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9 user comments

14.2.2014 3:35

I dropped netflix a couple of years ago and I can watch you tube videos through the many apps already built into my tv, blu ray players, and other tablets and phones.

So until I can use this thing to stream my movie collection from my computer to the tv.... No Thanks! Seems like a useless device to me.

And even though it's "ONLY" $35, still not worth it.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Feb 2014 @ 3:36

24.2.2014 9:10

You can watch your movie collections using Plex(which is free). It is a media server. That is how i currenlty watch my movie collection with Chromcast.

34.2.2014 15:00

Plex does not support ISO, BDMV, Video_TS, or many other formats that many use to store their movie collections.

People aren't going to re-format their entire system just so that it works with a $35 streaming device.

I bought a Chromecast the day they came out. I bought it because Google has a pretty good history of open development, so I fully expected app development that would allow me to stream the things I want to stream. I have been deeply disappointed.

If Google had opened development on this, I would have bought one for every TV in my home. But this is ridiculous.

I'm glad to see they are finally opening some development, but it remains to be seen whether it will be open enough for most people to do the things they really want to do.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Feb 2014 @ 15:01

44.2.2014 15:45

I don't even mess with streaming. I plug my hard drive into my TV and play my movies and TV shows that way.

54.2.2014 18:26

Originally posted by SoTired:
Plex does not support ISO, BDMV, Video_TS, or many other formats that many use to store their movie collections.

People aren't going to re-format their entire system just so that it works with a $35 streaming device.
Are there really that many people that use ISO or VideoTS to store their movies? That seems like a stretch. Plex is incredible for the average (most) users. Chromecast buyers have no idea what ISOs are :)
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Feb 2014 @ 21:43

64.2.2014 20:01

Originally posted by gnovak1:
I don't even mess with streaming. I plug my hard drive into my TV and play my movies and TV shows that way.

i do the same but i plug my hard drive in to the ps3.

custom built gaming pc from early 2010,ps2 with 15 games all original,ps3 500gbs with 5 games all original,yamaha amp and 5.1channel surround sound speakers,46inch sony lcd smart tv.

74.2.2014 21:31

i store my movies in .AVI format anything else is just useless!

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Feb 2014 @ 21:32


87.2.2014 17:03

.Avi, .MKV, etc ... who stores movies as .ISO or Video_TS? Thats just cumbersome and low quality ...

920.3.2014 11:16

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Originally posted by SoTired:
Plex does not support ISO, BDMV, Video_TS, or many other formats that many use to store their movie collections.

People aren't going to re-format their entire system just so that it works with a $35 streaming device.
Are there really that many people that use ISO or VideoTS to store their movies? That seems like a stretch. Plex is incredible for the average (most) users. Chromecast buyers have no idea what ISOs are :)
I use .iso files (both DVD and Blu-Ray) and know many others who do. But I do not use Chromecast (yet) so your contention that "Chromecast buyers have no idea what ISOs are" is still potentially correct (at least until I buy a Chromecast). If it were economically possible to use Chromecast to play .ISOs them it would shake up equation to the point that I would probably buy a Chromecast.

SoTired's statement that "People aren't going to re-format their entire system just so that it works with a $35 streaming device" is spot-on.

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