The Google Chromecast wireless streaming stick has had a boost to the number of apps that work on the device. Although the nifty little cheap stick has proved popular, the number of compatible apps has always been tiny. But that’s changing, after a batch of 10 apps have been released.
The apps for the $35 device launched by Google back in July that run on Android and iOS devices include VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3, BeyondPod, Plex, Avia and RealPlayer Cloud.
The Chromecast which lets users stream Internet content straight to any television it’s plugged into originally launched with Netflix, YouTube, the Google Play Store and since has added Hulu Plus, Pandora and HBO Go.
This puts the number of Chromecast apps to 17, and users can also stream from the Chrome browser on PC, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
The new apps offer a number of streaming services. VEVO offers music videos, Red Bull TV offers a number of shows tailored for extreme sports fans, Revision3 offers a number of original shows, PostTV brings news videos from the Washington Post, Viki provides Asian streaming drama shows and movies.
Plex is a media center that lets Chromecast owners stream media content using the home network. BeyondPod offers streaming Podcasts, Songza is a streaming music service. Avia and RealPlayer Cloud let users send content including photos,music and videos to the TV.
All the apps run on mobile devices and when detecting the Chromecast on the same Wi-Fi network offers a “Cast” button to enable sending of content.