Although Google Chromecast devices are immensely helpful to content viewers who have existing hardware that need the support, Google is making the technology, Google Cast, that drives their dongles available outside of those devices. We are seeing more support for Google Cast built directly into televisions. Now Google is adding one of their own, in-house products, by making Google Cast available via their Fiber TV set top boxes.
One of the best features that consumers will find if they have Google Fiber TV service is that they do not need to switch inputs to access streaming content sent to their box via Google Cast. Just hit the Google Cast button in an app like Netflix, Pandora, or even Google Photos, and the content can be loaded up instantly on the Fiber TV connected television.
Google says their Fiber TV platform, including the boxes, already has the needed technology to support Google Cast built in, so there will be no need for swapping out equipment. The rollout will take several weeks, but eventually all Google Fiber TV subscribers will have access to this new option for accessing content.
In case you missed it, TalkAndroid’s own Justin Herrick has suggested that Google turn its focus to Google Cast technology and abandon Android TV. This latest move by Google to expand the Google Cast footprint to their Fiber TV platform appears to be consistent with that position as well as an apparent lack of interest on the part of Google to make Android TV a success.
source: Google Fiber