Last week, of course, Google made Chromecast available in an additional 11 countries—Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK. In addition to the standard apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Netflix (where available), Google have also worked with local content providers to bring more of the movies and TV shows viewers love to Chromecast, with local apps that include France TV Pluzz and SFR TV in France with CANALPLAY coming soon; Watchever in Germany with Maxdome coming soon; and BBC iPlayer in the UK.
The latter inclusion has perhaps caused the most discussion in the subsequent days.
“One of the reasons we decided to support Chromecast was that Apple TV currently works only with Apple devices,” commented Chris Yanda, Executive Product Manager, on the Corporation’s Internet Blog. “Chromecast has SDKs available for a number of different platforms including iOS, Android, and the Chrome browser for laptop and desktop computers. Today we’ve added support to the latest versions of both the Android and iOS versions of BBC iPlayer. Soon, we will also be adding support for the Chrome web browser on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS desktop and laptop computers for the new web version of iPlayer.”
Yanda also revealed that the BBC have asked Google “to do what they can” to support Amazon Kindle on the platform, acknowledging the importance of Kindle to many iPlayer users, adding that the team is also working hard to ensure they take full advantage of the accessibility features that the Android and iOS platforms afford.