Somewhat unsurprisingly, Google Chromecast, the dongle enabling viewers to stream their home Internet through their TVs, is set to expand from a meagre four services – currently featuring only YouTube, Google Play, Netflix and the Chrome browser itself – to an impressive sixty-four, with PlayOn, the media server software, yesterday night launching PlayCast (a feature also available for customers of Roku and Xbox 360) at the Pepcom Holiday Spectacular show in New York.
The additional channels include major service providers such as Hulu, CBS, NBC and HBO GO, while, via a free MyMedia channel, users will also be able to stream their own videos and other files from their PCs. After Chromecast has unveiled its SDK, users need only download PlayOn, get the PlayOn app, and can henceforth use it as a remote control – able to switch between content, browse, and even adjust the volume of their televisions!
PlayCast boasts a better quality browser-casting solution for users too, requiring less power and achieving smoother streaming. Users will also have a choice of browsers, including Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Chromecast. “Instead of being restricted to one type of streaming device and one type of browser, we designed PlayCast to work with a variety of the most popular streaming devices, including Chromecast, and several types of Internet browsers,” said MediaMall Technologies CEO Jeff Lawrence. “Same goes for PlayOn’s support for Chromecast. We want users to be able to access all of their favourite online channels on their Chromecast, with as few restrictions or obstacles as possible.”