Google Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV or Android TV devices make it easy to enjoy audio or video content using Google Cast. You don’t know how to use all this well? Here are the must-have apps to enjoy the best features of Chromecast.
The Chromecast makes it easy to stream content from apps from your smartphone, tablet or even your computer with the Chrome browser to a big TV screen. Note that Android TV televisions and boxes also integrate Chromecast technology, called Google Cast. Whether you are on Android or iOS, many applications allow you to take direct advantage of your Chromecast.
If you have been offered a Chromecast and you are not sure what to do with it, here is our selection of the best applications to have to give an overview of the different uses available to you.
Classic TV channels via Chromecast
You don’t have a TV box, but a simple TNT tuner, or even a simple screen that you only use to play video games? Do not panic ! Your Chromecast paired with the Molotov app will give you the ability to watch live TV channels. Two things to know that said: some features such as recording programs require a paid subscription and the channels of the TF1 and M6 groups are also paying. However, whichever offer you choose, you will unlock all of these channels.
As an alternative, we can offer you the Salto service which offers both a catalog of films, series and documentaries to watch in SVOD, but also access to DTT channels.
If not, you can always take advantage of the tools of replay or live TV provided directly by TV channel applications. This is particularly the case of France.tv which includes the channels of the France Télévisions group (France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô) or Arte TV.
Obviously, we cannot forget the MyCanal application, from Canal+. This allows non-subscribers to access free-to-air live and delayed programs, to access VoD programs (paid) and TV guides.
Video streaming services on your Chromecast
If your television is not connected and if you do not have a TV box or game console capable of launching video streaming applications, it is possible to stream your favorite movies and series to your Chromecast directly from your smartphone. Practice. This can also be particularly effective with a friend if your own profile is not configured so that you do not have to enter your identifiers again.
And obviously in this little game, the first service that comes to mind is obviously the biggest of all, namely Netflix. Its application is also particularly well thought out and makes it easy to cast content to a Chromecast.
We should also mention the Disney+ service which provides access to the Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Disney universes, but also to a lot of content from Fox with the Star catalog. A service that has clearly been on the rise lately.
There are also other VOD or SVOD services, such as OCS, which offers all HBO series (Game Of Thrones, Veep, The Sopranos, Westworld, Silicon Valleyetc.) or Google Play Movies which makes it easy to view a large catalog of purchased or rented footage.
Note also that Amazon has been able to bury the hatchet with Google, which allows its Prime Video application to be available on Chromecast. The SVOD platform also has some very interesting exclusives, such as the series The Boys.
Watch Sports on Chromecast
Some sports disciplines also have dedicated applications allowing you to broadcast the matches of your favorite team. You can also find all the programs broadcast on beIN Sports via the channel’s application, which broadcasts the matches of a slew of sports of all kinds.
In addition, if you are passionate about football, the RMC Sport application is necessarily to be taken into account since the group’s channels have exclusive rights to several key football competitions.
As for fans of the orange ball, they will find not only NBA matches in a very fluid and efficient application, but also replay matches and numerous stats on teams and players.
Formula 1 fans will have to turn again to MyCanal, Canal+ having exclusive rights to the grand prix in this motor sport.
There are podcasts of all styles, both in audio and video. This is an opportunity for us to invite you to listen to ” We are talking about it », the Frandroid podcast. To listen to them, we can cite the excellent Podcast Addict which, in addition to being ultra pleasant to use, has the advantage of being Chromecast compatible. Nevertheless, it is not the only application of its kind and we could also mention the interesting alternatives that are Pocket Casts, Podcast Republic and Podcast Player.
Plex for Android, the essential
The Plex application, allowing you to manage your media center house, is compatible with the Chromecast. You can therefore stream your personal content (photos, videos, etc.) from your phone equipped with the application to your TV to which a Chromecast is connected. Convenient for showing your vacation photos to the whole family and finding all your videos on the various devices in your home with ease.
If you don’t like Plex, you can also try the BubbleUPnP experience. The app allows you to stream content from UPnP and DLNA media servers, but also if they are stored in the cloud of the most popular storage services, or even in your phone’s memory.
The Chromecast-compatible video player
To play videos stored locally on your phone or tablet, a few applications will fulfill this role perfectly and we particularly recommend the famous VLC service which is perfectly compatible with Chromecast. The application already acclaimed on PC is just as powerful on Android.
As an alternative, we draw your attention to Videostream which will meet your requirements.
For streaming music
Spotify, Deezer and YouTube Music, the music streaming heavyweights, are compatible with Chromecast. Convenient for viewing your playlists “in a big way” and if your television is associated with a sound system worthy of the name. Remember that the Google service can also display a fireplace on your screen for very warm evenings.
It should also be noted that the Apple Music service is Chromecast compatible. Do not hesitate to take advantage of it if the apple platform is your favorite.
Finally, if you are the type to listen to music stored on your phone, the Shuttle+ application is in our view the most complete music player.
Let’s not forget YouTube and Twitch
Does it need to be specified? You cancastYouTube videos from your phone to your TV. Even on connected TVs, natively or via a box, those who have tried know how tedious it is to do a search by pointing the cursor with a remote control: you might as well go through the smartphone. It’s much simpler and faster.
If you are not necessarily a gamer, but you like watching amateurs and professionals beat their opponents, we highly recommend that you install Twitch which is also compatible with Chromecast.
Watch photos stored on your phone on your Chromecast
Nostalgic for the slide evenings of yesteryear? To show your loved ones your holiday photos on a big screen, it is also possible to go through a Chromecast. The easiest option is still to use the Google Photos app.
If you’re not really a fan of cloud storage, no problem: it is not necessary to have activated the online backup option to use it.
How about we play?
The Chromecast Ultra can turn into a game console thanks to Google Stadia, the cloud gaming platform launched by the web giant. Remember to equip yourself with a controller and take a look at the list of games compatible with the service.
Do not hesitate to consult our dedicated file to learn more about Google Stadia.
Some titles are also directly available on the Play Store and transform the smartphone into a controller while the action takes place on your TV screen. The game Angry Birds Friends is thus available on Chromecast: a classic of the genre that needs no introduction.
Just Dance Now will make you eliminate the excesses of the holidays in music. The multiplayer aspect of the title is one of its great assets.
A little productivity can’t hurt
There are a few apps that let you work on your big screen using your Chromecast. To be really effective, we will especially advise you Polaris Office, a proven and effective suite.
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