Does my YouTube look big in this?

Chromecast comes to Aussie lounge rooms

Whether it’s the latest antics from Rake, Indie covers of K-pop classics or gourmet delights, Aussies will now be able to use a Chromecast to bring their favourite content on a phone, tablet or laptop to the biggest screen in their homes — the TV.

A streaming media device that plugs into any HDTV in your house, Chromecast makes it easy to watch your favourite music videos or the latest episodes of Jamie Private School Girl on the big screen. With over 40% of YouTube views in Australia coming from mobile devices and 90% of people switching between four devices every day, Chromecast will help Aussie mobile content lovers bridge the gap between their devices and their TV.

Fast and easy to setup, Chromecast tucks neatly away behind your TV and works with Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and ChromeOS devices. It taps into the same experience of using apps and browsing the web that you’re familiar with on your smartphone, tablet, and laptop, so there’s nothing new to learn. You can cast from your Chrome browser, phone or tablet by simply opening a supported app or the browser and pressing the cast icon.

With Chromecast your phone, tablet or laptop acts like a remote — you can press play and pause, control the volume, and more — but unlike other streaming solutions, you can still multitask. This means you can continue to laugh at The Big Bang Theory on the TV and send an email to your mates to tell them how great it is at the same time.

In Australia, Chromecast currently supports YouTube, Google Play Movies and Google Play Music, as well as apps from partners like Pandora. With the the open software development kit (SDK), any developer can integrate their app or website with Cast to make their content available. Since launching in the US over 5,000 developers worldwide have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast and we’re looking forward to seeing the range of great TV shows, movies, music and more from local content creators which will soon be available for Aussie audiences.

You can pick a Chromecast up for $49 from select JB HiFi and Dick Smith stores nationally, or online from the Google Play store. Happy casting!

Posted by Raunaq Shah, Chromecast Product Manager