Google changes tack on Chromecast branding

Google appears to have taken a decision to reverse an earlier move to bring the Google Cast brand to the fore by phasing out the latter name in favour of Chromecast, the name of its popular HDMI dongle. Google is now reportedly describing TVs and speakers with the streaming technology built in as ‘Chromecast built-in’ […]

YouTube adds HDR support as Chromecast Ultra starts shipping

YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) for videos on the platform. From yesterday, viewers can watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices including via HDR-enabled TVs with Google’s new Chromecast Ultra HDMI dongle. Support for HDR will be extended to YouTube viewing on Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs soon, the video […]

Facebook increases Chromecast integration

Facebook users will soon be able to cast videos from the social network to Chromecast-equipped TVs using Android devices. The update expands Facebook’s Chromecast integration with users already able to stream Facebook videos to Chromecast and other Google Cast-enabled devices from an iOS device or your web browser. “While you’re watching a Facebook video on […]

Google unveils 4K Chromecast Ultra

Google has unveiled a new 4K, ultra high definition version of its Chromecast streaming device, which will launch in November. The Chromecast Ultra includes advanced features like 4K, high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Vision support, faster speeds and WiFI improvements. Announcing the device alongside a raft of other products at a launch event in […]

Roku hails biggest device launch in its history

Roku has introduced five new streaming devices in what it described as the biggest player launch in the company’s history. The new device line-up introduces new entry-level options as well as high-end 4K and high dynamic range (HDR)-capable devices. The full product line consists of the Roku Express, Roku Express+, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere+ and Roku Ultra and ranges in […]

Report: Google to launch 4K Chromecast, Home speaker next week

Google is reportedly gearing up to launch a new 4K version of Chromecast and its new Google Home speaker device at its planned October 4 event. According to an Android Police report, which cites two sources, the 4K Chromecast Ultra will retail at US$69 and Google Home at US$129. The devices will likely be announced […]

Telia makes streaming available to Google Chromecast

Nordic telco Telia has made its streaming video services available to Google Chromecast users. Telia is making its TV streaming services in Sweden, Finland and Denmark available on Chromecast devices, enabling users to view its content on TV screens using the device. Telia said that its stores in Sweden and Denmark, and Sonera stores in […]

Google Cast now ‘fully built into Chrome’

Google Cast is now fully built into Chrome, allowing anyone to Cast content to their TV “without having to install or configure anything”, according to the company. Announcing the move on its Chrome blog, Google said that when users visit websites that are integrated with Cast, the Cast icon will now appear allowing them to […]

IHS: over 8bn connected devices globally, Chromecast outselling Apple TV

There were over eight billion connected devices globally at the end of 2015, according to IHS. The analyst group’s Techology Connected Device Market Monitor found that there were over 8.1 billion connected smartphones, tablets, personal computers, TVs, TV-attached devices and audio devices at the end of last year. The number equates to an average of […]

Amazon CEO calls for ‘acceptable terms’ from Chromecast, Apple TV

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos called for “acceptable business terms” for its Prime Video service if the company is to resume selling Chromecast or Apple TV devices. At the Code Conference in California, Bezos responded to a question about why the Amazon store stopped selling the rival devices to its own Amazon Fire TV line of […]