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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.

She's not alone. "We don't have anything to announce right now regarding Chromecast or other OTT platforms," said Morgan Seal, CBS Interactive's senior manager of communications. "We do offer full episodes on demand via our CBS app on Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows 8." Which is why Chromecast support would be so welcome — we're ready to watch those full episodes and all the ads they contain on our big TVs!

As for Disney? Well, it's not on Chromecast directly, but the Mouse apparently already has things covered. "Our content is available via the Google Play Movies & TV app," said Bridget Osterhaus, director of communications at Disney-ABC Domestic Television. "In addition to Google Play, there are also Disney movies available through YouTube.com/movies." Both of those apps let you cast that Disney content to your Chromecast.

Our last response came from ESPN. "WatchESPN — ESPN's authenticated networks service that requires a video subscription from an affiliated provider — is currently accessible on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV," said Kristie Chong, ESPN's manager of communications. "As far as Chromecast, we have nothing to announce at this time."

Google says relax

For its part, Google is taking an upbeat attitude to their quest for new streaming services. "We are actively working with major local content partners to support Chromecast. And with an open software development kit (SDK), anyone can now integrate their app or website with Cast to make content available through this device," a Google spokesperson told TechHive. "In fact, within a few short weeks of announcing the SDK, we already have 3,000 developers worldwide signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast. So you'll soon have more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games to choose from."

Chromecast is off to a great start, but more apps would make it even more attractive. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the platform and let you know as its remaining holes are filled with delicious streaming entertainment.

 

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