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The Chromecast is a media streaming device from Google, allowing you to play your favorite content from Netflix, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, and countless other services on your television. The device is a small HDMI dongle, and retails for $35.

Chromecast Stories July 11

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The arrival of the Chromecast with Google TV two years ago made it clear that older Chromecast devices are on their way out. But now – as if to put the final nail in the coffin – older Chromecasts no longer support watching YouTube videos while signed in.

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Chromecast Stories June 7

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Apple’s ecosystem is famously fairly locked down, but things have improved a lot over the past few years. With the upcoming release of iOS 16, Apple appears to be working towards better support for Chromecast and other casting standards in apps.

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Chromecast Stories June 6

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Back in January, Google had to make changes to Speaker Groups because of the US ITC ruling in favor of Sonos. Another “interruption caused by Sonos” is now responsible for some Pixel phones in the United States and Canada being unable to to set-up Google Home devices.

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Chromecast Stories May 17

Google removes bandwidth-saving measures on Chromecast, Smart Display Ambient mode

In April of 2020, Google lowered the quality of Ambient mode on Chromecast and Assistant Smart Displays to save bandwidth in response to COVID-19’s work from home (WFH) surge, and these changes are now being reverted.

Chromecast Stories April 15

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Back in December, Google made official a YouTube app on the Cast-powered Chromecast that can be controlled by a remote on your phone, but a bug is causing desktop Chrome users to also see the new UI.

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Chromecast Stories April 13

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As we reported at the start of this year, a tentatively named “Chromecast HD with Google TV” is in the works. It will presumably be cheaper than the existing $49.99 dongle and be closer in price to the $29.99 Chromecast. Once that new device launches, one interesting question is whether Google will still sell a streamer that is powered by its original Cast operating system?

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Chromecast Stories March 26

[U: Fixed] YouTube Music casting is currently broken on Chromecast, Google TV, Android TV devices

It seems that Google’s music service, YouTube Music, is currently experiencing issues with casting music to Chromecast, Google TV, and Android TV devices.

Chromecast Stories January 7

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Following yesterday’s announcement of changes to Speaker Groups and Assistant device set-up, Google has started to update its devices and applications. The latest version of the Google Home app no longer lets you use a phone’s physical volume button on the Media screen/player. 

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Chromecast Stories December 3, 2021

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Since the start of this year, Google has been testing a new YouTube app/experience for the regular Chromecast. The new YouTube Cast app looks to be widely rolled out for the 3rd-gen Chromecast and Ultra this week.

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Chromecast Stories October 18, 2021

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Google’s updated Nest Cam products come with several advantages such as offline storage, battery power, and lower prices. However, they also come with some frustrating problems including the current lack of support for streaming Nest Cam video to Chromecast or Android TV.

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Chromecast Stories July 21, 2021

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Since March of this year, we’ve been tracking a brand new Cast experience for YouTube on regular, non-Google TV-powered Chromecast dongles. It looks like the YouTube app on Android TV with better remote control options and is now rolling out to more users.

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Chromecast Stories April 21, 2021

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Spotify has a lot of great features, but one of its best and most unique is Connect, a method of keeping the same listening session synced across all of your devices. Unfortunately, what seems like a bug is breaking Spotify Connect in multiple ways when using Google Assistant or Chromecast devices.

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Chromecast Stories March 31, 2021

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At the start of the year, the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max started playing a new sound following a successful Casting connection, and that updated chime is now appearing on Google Home and Nest speakers.

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Chromecast Stories March 4, 2021

Paramount+ is now available on Chromecast, Google TV, and Android

2020 saw some major streaming launches with HBO Max, Peacock, and the first full year of Disney+, too. Now, the latest major option is arriving with Paramount+, and it’s available today on Chromecast, Google TV, Android TV, and Android smartphones.

Chromecast Stories February 11, 2021

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If you are looking to improve your home media setup and want a streaming stick or dongle, then you’ll no doubt be aware of the Chromecast series of devices, but which is right for you? Let’s simplify with our easy-to-follow Chromecast Buyer’s Guide for 2021.

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Chromecast Stories February 8, 2021

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In general, there are two ways to Cast content on desktop Chrome. The browser can send your current window, or some services feature a native capability that just transfers the video stream to a bigger screen. YouTube TV’s web app used to have the latter Cast functionality, but it’s now gone due to a bug.

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Chromecast Stories January 7, 2021

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When you Cast to a Smart Display or speaker, Google plays a tone to confirm the transfer. Google is now changing that beep to be softer on the latest Nest Hub preview firmware.

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Chromecast Stories January 4, 2021

Discovery+ is now available on Android, Chromecast w/ Google TV, Android TV

2020 saw the debut of multiple streaming juggernauts and as the first week of 2021 begins, another new service is arriving. Discovery+ is now available and you can watch on Android, Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV, and more.

Chromecast Stories December 16, 2020

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Rounded corners are a common part of mobile devices, but they’re definitely not something you want on a TV. Recently, though, a bizarre bug on Chromecast devices caused rounded corners to appear.

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Chromecast Stories September 30, 2020

Unboxing and hands-on w/ Google’s new Chromecast and Launch Night In kit [Video]

The time has come to kick back and enjoy the brand new Made by Google cohort. To celebrate the first-ever “Launch Night In,” Google sent out some special surprise kits to select media and influencers. But just what comes inside? How about we unbox the special Chromecast kit and go hands-on.

Chromecast Stories September 17, 2020

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With the launch of iOS 14 yesterday, Apple introduced a number of privacy changes. One of them relates to how Chromecast works, with Google advising users to grant apps the iOS 14 Local Network permission and developers to upgrade.

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Chromecast Stories August 25, 2020

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In addition to the Home app seeing a rather big update today, Google announced today that photo galleries on Nest Hubs and other Smart Displays, as well as Chromecasts, will soon include date and location information.

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Chromecast Stories August 18, 2020

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Video conferences are a daily part of life for millions of workers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, and today Google is announcing a big new feature for Meet. Starting today, Google Meet works with Chromecast devices up on your TV.

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Chromecast Stories July 31, 2020

Philo’s affordable live TV streaming now works with Chromecast devices

Live TV streaming services are a big deal nowadays, though most are raising prices constantly. Philo TV is one of the most affordable at just $20/month, and now it’s adding support for Chromecast.

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Google’s Chromecast has been one of the most popular streaming devices ever, but it doesn’t get major updates too often. This week, Google has detailed a handy update coming to Chromecast devices that offers more reliable controls and persistent volume.

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Chromecast Stories July 27, 2020

Spotify on Windows/Mac desktop finally lets you initiate a Chromecast session

After many, many years, you can now initiate a Chromecast stream from the Spotify app for desktop. You’ve long been able to control Chromecast streams that were initiated from the iOS and Android apps (via Spotify Connect), but now you can initiate those streams directly from your Windows or Mac desktop.

Chromecast Stories July 10, 2020

How to reset a Google Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast streamer is a pretty easy way to get content up on the big screen, but running into errors can sometimes require a quick reset. Here’s how to fully reset every type of Chromecast.

Chromecast Stories June 23, 2020

NBC’s Peacock will be available on Android, Chromecast, Android TV at launch

In recent years, there has been an explosion of new video streaming services, and the latest from NBCUniversal, Peacock, has confirmed it will launch on Android, Chromecast, and Android TV devices.

Chromecast Stories June 14, 2020

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The visual modernization and slightly improved specifications of the 3rd-generation Chromecast did not even warrant stage time at Made by Google 2018. As such, it’s appropriate that a price cut for the streaming dongle was also done without any fanfare earlier this week.

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Chromecast Stories June 9, 2020

[Update: Available today] Quibi adds support for Google Chromecast

Quibi is a streaming service with a bunch of original content, but it’s designed to be consumed primarily on your smartphone while you’re “on the go.” In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and, in the reality where people actually want to watch TV shows on their TV, Quibi is giving in and implementing support for Google Chromecast.

Chromecast Stories May 28, 2020

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A handy trick of Google Assistant is its ability to cast content from various video services to any nearby Chromecast device. For a while, HBO supported Google Assistant integration, but with the debut of HBO Max, that casting option has not only disappeared, but there’s no replacement yet.

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Chromecast Stories May 27, 2020

HBO Max is now available for Android phones, Chromecast, Android TV, and more

Streaming TV has become incredibly popular over the past few years, with service after service hitting the web. Today, the latest major offering has landed in the form of HBO Max, a service with thousands of hours of content, original programming, and more, and it’s available now on Android, Chromecast, Android TV, and other platforms.

Chromecast Stories May 20, 2020

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One of the big perks of an Android TV set-top box or television is that Google’s Chromecast functionality is baked into the system. Now, that functionality is getting a slight upgrade as Android TV can now keep Chromecast audio streaming in the background.

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Chromecast Stories April 29, 2020

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HBO Max is poised to be one of the most expensive streaming services to hit the market, but it’s going to pack a punch. Today, WarnerMedia has confirmed that HBO Max will be available on Android, Chromecast, and Android TV under a deal with Google.

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Chromecast Stories April 23, 2020

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Cord-cutters will no doubt be laughing at the thought of going without a streaming stick such as the Chromecast, but with COVID-19 spreading and people locked at home, there has never been a better time to introduce one to your home.

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Chromecast Stories April 15, 2020

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Google is set to lower the quality of Chromecast Ambient Mode slideshow quality temporarily to ease the pressure on internet infrastructure.

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Chromecast Stories April 3, 2020

Plex Live TV adds Chromecast support on iOS, new UI on Android TV, Apple TV

Plex is best known as a way to store all of your favorite media, but it also offers a bunch of useful other features including free movies. Another useful Plex feature is the ability to watch live TV and, now, that includes Chromecast support and a redesigned UI on Android TV and Apple TV.

Chromecast Stories March 11, 2020

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Google’s Chromecast platform makes it easy to play music from your favorite services on the best speakers in your home — the ones attached to your TV. Now, Deezer is giving Chromecast users an upgrade with real-time lyrics displayed on the screen.

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Chromecast Stories March 10, 2020

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According to a reliable source familiar with the company’s plans, Google is planning to launch a second-generation Chromecast Ultra this year based on Android TV. The device is a dongle, much like the current form-factor, but there is one major hardware addition: an external remote.

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Chromecast Stories February 26, 2020

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Whether settling in for movie night or catching up on your latest binges (just starting Better Call Saul, here), Chromecast is one of the easiest ways to watch Netflix with the convenience of picking a flick on your phone. Today, Netflix has given their Chromecast interface a major overhaul, with a new design and ambient TV and movie recommendations.

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Chromecast Stories February 2, 2020

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Super Bowl LIV takes place later today, Sunday, February 2. This year’s game sees the San Francisco 49ers taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami. Here’s how to watch Super Bowl LIV live at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Android, Chromecast, and other platforms.

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Chromecast Stories January 30, 2020

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The Chromecast should be the cornerstone of a growing smart home for a number of reasons, reasons we won’t go in to here because we just want to help you get the most out of the stripped-back streaming device.

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Chromecast Stories January 13, 2020

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If you ever visit a friend or relative’s house and want to share some tunes, then the Guest Mode for Google Home speakers might be a handy feature. However, it appears that this mode has gone missing.

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Chromecast Stories December 18, 2019

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Hulu has now added full voice control support for the Chromecast and any Google Smart Displays you may have including the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max.

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Chromecast Stories November 19, 2019

Vizio is bringing Disney+ support to its Chromecast built-in TVs in December

Since the launch of Disney+ last month, Vizio owners have been frustrated with the service not working on their TVs. Thankfully, an update coming in just a few weeks will fix Disney+ issues with Vizio TVs using Chromecast.

Chromecast Stories November 15, 2019

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In the age of streaming services and cloud backups, it’s not all that often we have to play local files off of a device. However, Google is making that a lot easier with the latest update to its file manager app. Files by Google can now play your locally stored media on a Chromecast display.

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Chromecast Stories November 13, 2019

Disney+ isn’t working with Vizio TVs using Chromecast built-in

Vizio is one of the few TV makers currently offering a relatively barebones experience on its TVs with a heavy reliance on Chromecast over the past several years. With Disney+, though, Vizio’s TVs are oddly not working with Chromecast on the new service.

Chromecast Stories November 12, 2019

How to use Disney+ with Google Chromecast

Disney+ just launched this week and it’s got a ton of content to offer on just about every platform out there. If you’re a Chromecast user, here’s how to use Disney+.

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