Chromecast Adds More Network Apps to Their Lineup

Chromecast Adds More Network Apps to Their Channel Lineup

The low cost Chromecast streaming stick made a big splash when it was first introduced. While it offers a nice selection of channels, it has nowhere near the number of channels or apps available than some of it's closest competitors like Roku, or Android TV.

Hopefully this is a sign of more great channels to come. Recently some big name Network TV channels announced they have joined the Chromecast platform.

CBS, Fox Now, FX Now, and HGTV Watch Join Chromecast

These network channels are now available and can be viewed on Chromecast Streaming sticks.

While these channels are a nice addition they do not all offer the same amount of content you will find on their conventional cable channels. If you are looking for free access to entire series, you will be disappointed. Only CBS offers a $6 a month plan to gain access to full series of shows without a cable sub. Which is still nice since many of the premium network channels want you to pay for Cable or Satellite to be able to view them.

Get the Chromecast Extension

You will no longer need to mirror an entire web page with CBS, Fox, and FX. They will let you cast individual videos if you have the Google Cast extension installed in your web browser.

Some Major Channels Still a No Show on Chromecast

While it's nice to see more channel providers joining the Chromecast platform, still missing are some of the major players that can be found on competitors streaming devices.

For example, you won't find the following channels on Chromecast yet they are all currently available on Roku or FireTV:

SlingTV - This channel offers a "cable lite" package of channels for a monthly fee. Click here for more info.

Amazon Instant - Large selection of online video rentals. Many are free with an Amazon Prime Membership. To see some of this weeks Top Ten most watched movies and shows on Amazon Instant click here.

A&E - Cable subscription needed to access all content. Use this tip to get full access on your Roku!

History - Small previews available. You will also need a cable sub to watch everything on this channel as well.

Twitch - This gaming network channel just released an Official public channel on Roku.

Also available on Roku and FireTV are Lifetime, Bloomberg and Smithsonian.

While you can't beat the price of a Chromecast streaming stick, the platform still has a ways to grow. If you can't get past not holding a remote control in your hand, take a look at the awesome newly released 2015 Roku 2 or 3 which are among the top rated media streamers available today.

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