Stream videos and movies on our computer is relatively easy, but can these internet-based videos be watched on a big screen TV? So far, the only way was through purchasing an expensive and bulky streaming media box. However, with Google Chromecast, you have a less intrusive, smaller and affordable alternative.
What Is Google Chromecast?
It’s a streaming device which allows users to stream music and videos to any TV outfitted with an HDMI port. The device plugs directly into the HDMI input, thus no cables are required for connection. All you need to do is plug in Chromecast and you are good to go. By using a Chromecast app on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone, you can control what you are watching.
How Does It Work?
So, how does it work? Well, it’s simple.
First, you need to plug the dongle into a HDMI input. Most TVs today come with multiple HDMI inputs, so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Next, since this device is not battery-powered, you need to power it by connecting the Chromecast to your TV’s free USB port using a USB cable, or plugging it into a power point using the supplied power adapter (recommended).
And finally, you need to have Google Chrome installed on your computer or the Google Home app installed on your device to set up and control Chromecast. Through Wi-Fi, content from the internet is streamed to the device and then your TV.
Video Streaming Apps
So, how can you watch free movies on Google Chromecast? For that, you will need to install video streaming apps. There are several apps that are subscription based. However, there are a few that are free as well. But, before going further, let’s take Netflix as an example. Launch the app and choose your desired program. Once you do, tap the Cast icon, and then select Chromecast Netflix to play on. As a result, whatever you select plays on your TV via Chromecast.
Below we have listed a few streaming apps you can use if you are looking to watch free movies:
Specifically designed for Android devices, ShowBox is a free TV show and movie streamer. It’s regularly updated with the latest TV episodes and movies, so you have plenty of options available. The app is lightweight and the best part of all, it works directly on stock devices.
Whether it is movies, music videos or TV shows, YouTube has them all. All you need to do sign up for an account and you can view almost everything. However, there is some content (mostly movies) that must be paid to be viewed.
One of the first video streaming apps to have been associated with Chromecast, Netflix is considered the “king of streaming.” TV shows and movies can be browsed much faster if you are a Netflix subscriber and you also have access to several controls. Even better, there is a free 30-day trial you can take advantage of.
A free streaming service, Crackle provides TV and movie streaming in Australia, US, Latin America and Canada. Some of its content is fairly old, but nonetheless it’s quite useful to have as a free service at your disposal.
Foxtel Now is subscription-based but there’s a 10-day free trial you can make use of to enjoy its exclusive content. The trial gives you access to Essentials and all packs, including the Movies pack. With this, you can stream a variety of films on demand, ad-break free. Other packs are just as interesting. Pop and Lifestyle comprise the Essentials, there’s Drama, Sports, Kids, and Docos — all at your disposal.
Stan provides a competitive lineup of TV shows and movies, which you can easily get access to with a 30-day free trial. Without paying a cent for the first 30 days, stream to your heart’s content with plenty of titles to feast your eyes on — from award-winning shows to box office movies. Available in three subscription plans, each is tailored to meet your budget and specific viewing requirements. Choose the right plan that suits your needs and try it for one month free.
10 All Access
Newly launched streaming app service 10 All Access also offers a one-month free trial, which is good enough time to decide if this service is for you. With a price point aligning to that of Netflix and Stan, 10 All Access’ CBS-dominated content may be considered lacking by most, but there’s surely more to come. Besides, to see old time favourites on your screen and also the new ones — free and without ads — that’s something worth getting into.
Kayo is a streaming device that’s dedicated to delivering sports, live and on-demand. With its 14-day trial, it’s a good way to break from your movie and TV show binge-watching and stream live sports instead. There’s a lot of exciting games going on at the moment so you might as well take advantage of Kayo’s offering free for the first two weeks.
Documentary fans can now suffice their need for real, engaging stories with DocPlay. You can join free for 30 days to access hundreds of the greatest documentaries and factual shows from all over the globe. Even better, you can watch them in high definition with no ads. New titles are added each week so there’s always something that’ll pique your interest.
So, now that you know how to use Google Chromecast, as well as the apps that provide free streaming, watching free movies on Google Chromecast shouldn’t be a problem.