Google Chromecast

After a slow start, Google’s Chromecast is starting to create a formidable line-up of apps. After starting with a bare bones line-up which consisted of Hulu Plus, Youtube, HBO Go and Netflix, Google is announcing the inclusion of 10 more apps. The list includes: BeyondPod, Revision 3, Red.Bull TV, Plex Media Server, Avia, PostTV, Viki, Songza, Vivo and Real Player Cloud. Although these lesser known apps don’t have the wide spread appeal that Netflix or Hulu has,  they still offer customers a range of media options.

Real Player Cloud and Plex Media Server may be two of the more widely used of the above apps. Real Player Cloud essentially allows you to upload your video files to their cloud service and then share them with others. Real Player Cloud supports most popular video formats such as FLV, WMV, MKV, DIVX, XVID, MOV, AVI, and MP4. Once your video is uploaded, Real Player Cloud promises that the video can be shared and viewed on any device without others needing to install the Real Player Cloud App. 2 GB of free storage is included with the app and additional storage is available at $5 per month.

Plex Media Server allows Chromecast users to cast stored video content to compatible devices (Android, iOS, Mac and Windows). Currently the service is only available to paid PlexPass subscribers. Plex has stated that they hope to offer the service to free users shortly.

Another App, that could be coming in the near future is the infamous Aereo. For those of you who aren’t aware, Aereo is an upstart company that’s been a thorn in the side of cable operators for the past few years. Essentially, Aereo is a cord cutters dream by allowing  users to watch TV online without the need of a cable connection. Aereo uses a dime size antenna to grab the over the air tv signals for only $8 a month. According to CNET, Aereo head Chet Kanojia stated that the company is currently testing the app in preparation for launching it on Google Chromecast at some point in the near future.

The Chromecast may have been a little slow out of the gate, but it’s quickly catching up. With it’s growing library of apps the Chromecast represents a growing threat to cable and satellite providers. A threat they should take very seriously.

 

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