It’s time to celebrate, Chromecast fans, as the connected HDMI dongle is now available in more countries internationally. Google has announced Chromecast availability for Australia, Belgium, Japan, Korea, Portugal and Switzerland.
Google’s Chromecast dongle is an easy way to liberate the content on your phone and play it back on your HDMI-equipped TV. It’s been available in the US since mid-2013, more recently making its way to the UK.
Now that easy-sharing love is going international. Google tells us that 60 per cent of YouTube video views in Korea is via a mobile device and you could easily send that to your TV.
Google opened up the SDK for Chromecast in February 2014, meaning that third-party developers can easily integrate support on their apps. In the UK, that means that BBC iPlayer is supported, alongside the likes of YouTube and Google Play Movies.
Best of all, Chromecast doesn’t care if you’re using an Android handset, or iPad or iPhone. You can even use it to send mirror Chrome browser tabs from your Mac or PC.
Of course, it’s a popular way to watch Netflix on the big screen too, but sadly some of you might be waiting for local support for that service for some time.
What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Set it up with a simple mobile app, then send your favorite online shows, movies, music and more to your TV using your smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Sit back, watch together
With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps.
Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones®, iPads®, Chrome for Mac® and Chrome for Windows®. Browse for what to watch, control playback, and adjust volume using your device. You won’t have to learn anything new.
Plug in and play
Get started in 3 easy steps: plug Chromecast into any HDTV, connect it to WiFi, then send videos and more from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your TV with the press of a button
More info: http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/