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Good Bye Chromecast, Hello Google Cast!

Google recently announced that it has renamed the Chromecast to simply Google Cast and this came into effect in the app store earlier in the month. When we hear the term, “Chromecast”, we immediately think of perhaps the first generation video streaming HDMI dongle which turned out to become a huge hit. With the introduction of 2nd generation Chromecast, Chromecast audio and Cast enabled devices from companies such as Sony, LG, Bang and Oulfson, Sonos, and more, it makes sense to recast the technology to simply Google Cast.

Google Cast

Some noticeable changes.

You will no longer find the Chromecast app in the Google Play or Apple App store. Instead, it is simply Google Cast. Once installed, you will see noticeable differences. The app now has 3 tabs: What’s On, Devices, Get Apps.

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What’s On will introduce to you content which is trending or recently released. Today’s feature is the new Star Wars Rogue One Trailer which was announced this morning on Youtube. Right below, it gives me suggestions from Netflix and then WatchESPN and so forth. All apps which support Google Cast on my device.

Under Devices, it will show all the Cast enabled devices you have set up or used.

In the Get Apps tab, the Google Cast App will suggest other Cast enabled apps you can download. It will also suggest games which are Cast compatible.

This is likely the beginning of Google Cast and this lucrative market of streaming and on demand media.


sling tv offering free 7 day trial – apk

sling 7 day freeSling television stunned CES this year in Las Vegas by announcing a streaming service for some of the top premiere TV channels usually reserved for satellite and cable services. They are currently offering a 7 day free trial if you sign up now.

With Sling, you will be able to access channels such as ESPN, HGTV, Disney, CNN, TBS, Travel, Food network, adult swim, Cartoon Network, ABC Family and more for just $20/month. All you need to do is install the Sling TV program or app onto your PC or smartphone or tablet. You can install the program on your PC / MAC using normal method. The app for iOS is on the iTunes store. However, the app is yet available in the Google Play store for Android devices which is a bit surprising. Instead, you can download it by checking the ‘Unknown sources” then click the apk file through your Android device to download and install it directly. You can download the Sling TV apk for Android at their link and also available here.

On top of the listed channels, you can also add on packages such as Sports Extra, News and Info Extra, Kids Extra for $5 each. Enticing but it will soon breach into the price of a typical cable or satellite service.

Does Chromecast support Sling TV App?
There is no native support but you can use screen cast (mirroring) to mirror the Sling TV app to your TV. The audio will work.

Do you need credit card to sign up for the free Sling 7 day trial?
Yes you do! When you click the free 7 day trial, you will be required to enter your credit card details. If you do not cancel on the 7th day, you will be automatically enrolled to their $20/month plan.

Is there a commitment for Sling television?
There is no commitment. You can cancel any time which makes it even more so advantage.

Can I use the Sling TV credentials to sign into the WatchESPN app?
Not now but it looks like it is coming soon.