Setting up Chromecast
Getting your Chromecast up and running couldn’t be easier. You simply plug it into a spare HDMI port on your TV or receiver, then feed it some power either from your TV’s USB port or using the supplied power supply. If you’ve got the Ultra, you have to use the power supply regardless – because it needs extra processing power to handle 4K streaming, your TV’s USB port simply can’t provide enough juice to let it work reliably. The good news is that the Ultra’s power supply comes with an in-built Ethernet port so you can set up a truly reliable 4K streaming connection.
You’ll then need to download the free Google Home app from the iOS App Store or Google Play. Once done, fire up the app and tap the little “devices” icon at top right.
Switch to the input you’ve plugged the Chromecast into and it’ll start walking you through the simple steps to get it set up and ready to go. You’ll need to know the password for your home Wi-Fi, so make a note of that first if you’ve set a long, secure one that’s hard to remember.
Once you’ve got that done (and don’t worry, it’s a one-time set-and-forget process) you’re ready to start streaming Foxtel Now to your TV via your Chromecast.
Streaming Foxtel Now
With your Chromecast giving you a high definition slideshow of pretty photos while it waits, you’re ready to fire up the Foxtel Now app. You’ll need to log in to the app before you can do anything else. Simply type your username and password when prompted. If you haven’t subscribed yet and just want to have a look, you’ll need to sign up for the free two-week trial to continue. Don’t worry, there’s nothing to pay up front!
To make use of Chromecast with Foxtel Now (or any other Chromecast-enabled app) you’ll want to make sure that your smartphone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your Chromecast is. Keep in mind that some home modem/routers run two separate Wi-Fi networks for the two different bands, 2.4GHz and 5GHz. Depending on your modem/router, you may need to be connected to the same band as your Chromecast. We’d recommend using 5GHz, by the way, for smoother streaming with less chance of interference. Note that the first-generation Chromecast only supports 2.4 GHz – you’ll need one of the newer disc-shaped Chromecasts to get access to the 5 GHz option.
When your Chromecast is properly set up and active on your home network, you’ll see the Chromecast icon at the top right of your device’s screen. It looks like a little TV screen with semicircles in the bottom-left corner. Tap that icon and you’ll see a list showing the active Chromecast device (or devices) on your network. Simply choose one, and you’ll see the on-screen image change to a Foxtel Now screen (Chromecast will try to switch your TV or receiver to the right input if you’re not already on it).
And that’s it – you’re ready to start streaming! Just pick a channel, or choose from the on-demand shows and movies on offer, and watch it magically appear on screen in HD. Then sit back on the couch and enjoy the show!