Google has announced a slew of new apps and games that officially support the Google Chromecast Dongle. Among the new additions you can now cast movies and shows from Starz Play and Showtime Anytime. Neither of which will do you much good if you don’t have either of the premium channels added to your currently supported cable or satellite provider. However, it is good to see them jumping on the bandwagon like HBO Go did many moons ago. Now to just wait for individual streaming only packages, which are slated for some time next year.
UFC.TV also was added to the mix for those of you who are cage fighting die hard’s out there. Near as I can tell you can actually pull up Pay-Per-View content or subscribe to UFC FIGHT PASS for access through the app for everything. There are some blackout and contrary restrictions though, so be sure to check into it before you start looking to spend money.
For us cord cutters that no longer have cable or satellite, the above news does little for us. There is more news though that might interest you a little bit more. A set of family-friendly games have all gained support for the Chromecast that will bring a little more family entertainment to the living room on the big screen. Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz and Connect 4 Quads. I didn’t find SIMON Swipe listed in the Play Store though, could just be a posting delay though as the others are all new additions today. Even the chromecast.com/apps page only gives links to iOS versions of the titles. Those aren’t the only new additions though. Just Dance Now will get you busting a rug on Pizza night. If you want to flex your brain rather than your muscles Big Web Quiz and Emoji Party now bring trivia to your TV.
To make finding these apps, and many others that are officially Chromecast supported and endorsed by Google, the company reconfigured the chromecast.com/apps page with categories. Now you can browse by TV & Movies, Music & Audio, Games, Sports, Photo & Video, New and a few others. Makes finding something useful to your life a little easier. Looks like the holidays could be pretty entertaining, don’t forget the eggnog though.
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