We all know that Google’s $35 Chromecast device offers streaming from YouTube as well as Netflix, but it’s looking like the device is soon going to get much more support from other streaming services.
According to Gigaom, the video service Vimeo wants to get onto the Google boat to bring their video goodness to TV streamers world-wide. Redbox Instant has allegedly also claimed it will be entering the game, an especially well-timed move considering that Google ran out of the free 3-month bonuses for Netflix. Redbox Instant has already been seen running on Google TV devices, maybe they should also offer up some sort of free monthly bonus to people purchasing a Google Chromecast (hint-hint)? Janko Roettgers also mentions in his article linked above that Plex has been seems like they may be up for the task based on what they tweeted last week:
Wow, lots of interest in Chromecast and Plex. Yes, we've ordered a few of them 🙂
— plex (@plexapp) July 24, 2013
In any case, we expect to see others step up to the budget-friendly Chromecast in the coming weeks especially if the device keeps selling at the rate it is. There are also already rumors of a much bigger slew of services coming, as Richard Lawler of Engadget suggests in his recent article. Word is that the config files of the Chromecast suggest that HBO Go might make an appearance as well as other apps from the testing list including Pandora, Revision3, Songza, and others. It’s important to also remember that because of the Google Cast extension it’s going to be easy to stream other services such as Hulu and Rdio, which Lawler also suggests might be coming with an official app soon to keep up. You can pick up the Chromecast with free Prime shipping here: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player
It’s great to see another player come to the table that could really give Apple a run for it’s money, at roughly 1/3 of the price, could Chromecast be a contender in the living-room streaming battle?