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Best apps for casting media

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After you’ve decided on picking up your very own Chromecast, it’s time to find out and download some different apps that support casting, so you can get started and test it out on your TV. That’s why we’ve listed some of our essential TV-casting apps, to recommend a variety of our favorites. Whether you’re looking for something to playback slideshow, music, or streaming services, we’ve got you covered!

MegaCast

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An app that will make any video on your device casting compatible, we can’t recommend MegaCast enough. If you use TV casting on a regular basis, you’ll understand how easy it is on places like YouTube to just hit the little  “cast” button and have it show up on your screen. But unfortunately, some websites and video players don’t support casting, which has always been kind of a let down, but that’s exactly where MegaCast comes in.

Whether you’re wanting to cast something simple from DropBox or you’re trying to load a strange video format, MegaCast can cast it all. MegaCast supports LAN, DLNA, external sources, and more. You’ll also have easy access to subtitles, and the ability to create a playlist of your favorite media. And if you happen to really love MegaCast, you can upgrade to premium, which will give you access with no watermark or ads.

Download it now: Google Play

YouTube

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YouTube is a classic we all know and love. From any device, whether it be a phone, tablet, or laptop, you have access to so much video content. From tutorials and how-tos all the way to vlogs and music you can’t seem to find anywhere else, there’s no shortage to all of the fantastic information and talents that creators put out through YouTube. And when the Chromecast came out, YouTube quickly added another device to their list: your TV.

That’s right: you can cast your favorite YouTube content straight from your Android device onto your TV with just a touch of a button within the app. If there’s nothing good on TV, you can still kick back and relax after a long day at work, and catch up with your favorite subscriptions instead.

Download it now: Google Play

AllCast

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With AllCast, you’ll be able to cast all of your own media right on to your TV. Long gone are the days when you had to create a picture board for that graduation party or for Grandpa’s 80th Birthday party, because now you can simply cast it all straight to your TV for you and your guests’ viewing pleasure. Any photo albums you keep on your phone will work, and videos as well.

The great part about AllCast is that you don’t have to pay for it if you don’t want to. If you’re not sure if it’s quite what you are looking for, try it out first and see. When you first download the app, it will have a 5 minute viewing limit, perfect for testing out, and if you find that you really like it, you can upgrade to Premium, where the sky’s the limit when it comes to how long you can view your slideshow. That means that embarrassing photo from last year’s Christmas party can be played, and replayed, and replayed, to your heart’s content.

Download it now: Google Play

Hulu

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Speaking of days that are long gone, remember when Hulu was that website where you could catch up on your favorite missed TV shows from your laptop? Well, you can still do that, but why would you try to balance that on your lap on the couch when you could cast it straight from your phone onto your TV?

If you’re not familiar with Hulu, Hulu is an online/app based TV and movie streaming site. They’ve got a ton of the ever popular TV series, as well as kids shows and movies that have recently been released. It’s a fantastic streaming service for the whole family, so if you haven’t checked Hulu out yet, what better time than when you just set up your Chromecast?

Download it now: Google Play

TED

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A phenomenal resource for ideas and innovation, TED is an app that supports casting, and you’re not going to want to miss this one, especially now that you can cast it onto the big screen. Whether you’re watching with friends or plan to binge on as many different talks as you can before you fall asleep, we have a feeling you’re going to fully enjoy the TED app casted onto your TV.

Intriguing and thought provoking, TED talks are brief talks from people and experts everywhere who want to share their ideas and studies with the world. With so many topics, there’s something for everyone, but if you’re not sure where to start, check out a few of the popular ones, and you’re bound to be hooked.

Download it now: Google Play

Pandora

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Pandora is a radio streaming app that caters to just about every music preference out there. On Pandora, you can start by picking a popular radio station or creating one that’s perfect for you by typing in a song, artist, or genre in the search bar. Pandora will then play different music that’s similar enough to what you typed in, but to also offer some great variety.

Pandora is castable now, and we couldn’t be happier. Between parties and different get-togethers held at your home, Pandora on your TV is an easy way to play music loud enough for people to hear as well as to pause when need be, without having to fuss with different speakers and whatnot. It couldn’t be more convenient! While you can cast it to your TV, you can also cast Pandora to any speakers you’ve attached the Chromecast Audio to as well!

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whatever apps you’re looking for, whether they be for streaming music or movies, easily displaying slideshows, or giving you TV access to media anywhere in the web, we hope you found an app on this list that was helpful and beneficial to using that new Chromecast of yours!


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Jeena Bittenbender

    I love my Roku 4 and Chromecast!!! Cut the cord about 4 months ago and now their are a ton of options.