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Chromecast Apps

As Chromecast increases in popularity, more and more apps have been updated with Chromecast support, and some have even been developed with the Chromecast device specifically in mind. Even though Chromecast is available worldwide, some of the apps listed below like Netflix and Hulu Plus are region-specific. However, these big names are constantly striving to make their services available in more and more countries worldwide. As developers release more Chromecast-friendly apps, you can expect more prominent names to introduce Chromecast. Opening up even more viewing possibilities, with all of the benefits of streaming via the Internet.

There are plenty of options out there, but here are some of the more popular and most notable that are worth checking out.

Cast Store

Cast Store Chromecast App Icon

We've decided to put this app at the top of the list for no other reason than, as the name implies, the Cast Store is a dedicated shop front for Chromecast-compatible applications. The Cast Store offers over 100 apps to date, split up into categories such as Media and Video and Music and Audio, to simplify your search. There is also a section dedicated to Chromecast-compatible games. Some of the content is a bit hit and miss, but there's plenty of keepers to be found throughout, so you’re sure to come across something useful. Cast Store is updated fairly regularly too, so it’s worth checking on a regular basis to see what’s new.

Google Home

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If you want one of the most essential apps for your new Chromecast, you don't have to look far. Google Home is the same app you use to initially set up your device, but over time updates have added some great new features. As well as the app enabling to cast your device's screen to any available receiver, features also include browse popular content from your Chromecast-enabled apps, find content by movie, TV show or actor, play, pause and change volume across all your Chromecast devices, discover new apps and content and much more. So Google Home is not just a setup app anymore, it's another great app to add to the collection for any Chromecast owner.

YouTube

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YouTube is kind of an obvious choice, nevertheless, it's still worthy of a place on this list. YouTube needs no introduction and the official app for Android and iOS puts the power of the world's most dynamic video-sharing network at your fingertips. With millions of videos for your consumption that include reviews, news, music and more. The app offers mobile streaming, video search, playlists, channels and video recommendations. YouTube has also been steadily evolving with support for 2K and 4K video and even some virtual reality stuff. It doesn't take a lot to work out that YouTube would be among the main apps to take advantage of Chromecast.

Netflix

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The Netflix app is one of the most well-known Chromecast apps, as it provides access to the world's largest membership streaming service site, Netflix. With this app, you can watch more than 9,000 movies and 4,500 television shows. New movies and shows are added on a monthly basis. The app will give you access to both newer release films and older movies, and the television shows include exclusive programs made for Netflix, shows that are currently on the air and older television series. To access Netflix with Chromecast, you'll need to sign up for a Netflix account and pay a monthly subscription fee to stream content.

Hulu Plus

Hulu Plus Chromecast App Icon

The Hulu Plus app is another popular app in the ever-growing range of Chromecast apps. One of the biggest benefits of this app is that Hulu Plus provides access to network television shows that can't be streamed with any other apps. Typically, the latest episodes of these shows are accessible via the app the day after they air on TV, so you can keep up to date on your favourite shows. Hulu Plus also has classic television shows and a number of movies available for streaming. The Hulu Plus app requires a membership into the Hulu Plus program, which will then involve you paying a monthly service fee.

Allcast

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The AllCast app is different to other Chromecast apps in that it doesn't connect with any particular third-party streaming service. Instead, the app makes it possible for you to view whatever is on the screen of your Android or iOS mobile device on your television screen. With this app, you can use Chromecast to watch videos that you recorded on your smartphone or tablet or to view photos that you've taken. You can even use the app to listen to music, which is ideal for listening through your TV's surround sound. The app is free but limits the length of video you can watch and displays ads. However, there is an in-app purchase for unrestricted, ad-free use.

Plex

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Plex is one of the newest of the Chromecast apps and allows you to utilize Chromecast in a whole new way. To use the app, you need to register for a Plex account. Then download the free Plex Media Server to organize all of your movies, videos, music and photos. Once you have your account all set up, you can use your Chromecast device to stream all the media stored on your computer. What makes Plex so unique is that it gives you the ability to watch more than just WebM and MP4 videos, with this innovative Chromecast app, it's also possible to watch MKV and WMV videos, opening up a whole new range of viewing options.

HBO Go

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Ever since the release of Chromecast, people have been anxiously awaiting the addition of HBO Go to the lineup of Chromecast apps, and now, the app is finally available. HBO Go is a subscription based service that gives you the ability to watch all of the movies, television shows, documentaries, specials and sporting events that are currently being shown on HBO. To use the app, you'll need to sign up for an HBO Go account and then link it to your Chromecast device. Once you've done that, you'll be able to watch Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls and all of the other shows and features that HBO has to offer.

LocalCast

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LocalCast is another of the Chromecast apps that makes it possible to share media from your mobile device with your television via Chromecast. What makes this app most unique is that there is a free version available, although you will need to deal with the ads if you choose this option. Once you've downloaded the app, you can stream music and videos right from your tablet or smartphone to your television. In addition, the app makes photos viewable on the big screen of your television and also lets you access any videos, music files or images that are stored in cloud services like Dropbox or Google Drive.

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