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Show me the apps: Here's what's still missing from Chromecast

James Careless | May 9, 2014
At just $35, Google's Chromecast streaming stick is the budget-minded choice for getting web-based content on your TV. A number of popular streaming services support the Chromecast, including Netflix, YouTube, MLB.TV, and most recently Redbox Instant. More are trickling out all the time: we recently heard talk about Slingbox signing onto the service, for example.

At just $35, Google's Chromecast streaming stick is the budget-minded choice for getting web-based content on your TV. A number of popular streaming services support the Chromecast, including Netflix, YouTube, MLB.TV, and most recently Redbox Instant. More are trickling out all the time: we recently heard talk about Slingbox signing onto the service, for example.

Still, competing media streamers like Roku and Apple TV offer more, such as ABC, Disney, ESPN, the NBA and NHL, PBS, and Vimeo, among others. Why don't these services work with Chromecast — especially when many of their own competitors do?

We weren't able to get answers from everyone, but a gratifying number of streaming providers did come though. Their answers about adding Chromecast support fell into three categories...

We plan to

There's only one entrant in the Yes group: Vimeo. "We're looking into adding Chromecast support to our player, but cannot comment on estimated launch time," said Jessica Casano-Antonellis, Vimeo's Director of Communication. "It's an important addition."

You can already cast Vimeo from your computer's Chrome browser using the Google Cast extension, but it'll be better when a convenient Chromecast button is built right into Vimeo's mobile apps.

We'd like to

Two streaming services expressed vague desires to support Chromecast without going so far as to say they definitely would. The first was Beats Music.

Beats launched in January, and is busy getting onto as many outlets as it can. When we asked about Chromecast, Beats Music spokesperson Stephanie Saffer replied, " I wanted to point your attention to a recent blog post, which gives a glimpse into where we're heading with streaming music in the home. The post notes, 'We believe music should be part of every aspect of life, and that means making music available in all places and in all forms fans desire.'"

That doesn't really answer the question, but competitor Rdio is on Chromecast, and Spotify has a weird workaround, so Beats should get moving.

PBS expressed vague interest as well. "While we're not on Chromecast yet, we're open to nearly all video distribution platforms, "said Jennifer Rankin Byrne, senior director of media relations. "I would say it's possible, but we don't have anything to announce at this time."

We won't say

Our third category — basically a "no comment" — was the most popular, unfortunately. Take Amazon Instant Video, which is "available on hundreds of devices, including Fire TV, Kindle Fire tablets, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, PC, Roku, Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, and connected TVs and Blu-ray players," said Sally Fouts, Amazon's senior PR manager. Glad to hear it, Sally; now what about putting Amazon's content on Chromecast? "I can't speculate on what we may or may not do in the future," she replied.

 

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