How to Watch IPTV & Streaming TV using Google Chromecast


google chromecast

In the years since Google Chromecast hit the market it has made big waves on account of its affordability and usefulness.

Google Chromecast is a small HDMI device that lets users stream content from the internet directly to their TV. It also lets users stream audio and video content from their smartphones, tablets and PCs to their TV.

What is Google Chromecast?

Chromecast comes in two current versions; the latest model retails at $59, with the much advanced 4k Ultra version available for $99. You can also pick up the now-discontinued first-generation version for around $39 if you hunt around (the main differences are that the newer model supports 5GHz Wi-Fi networks, something relatively few modems support, as well as offering better Wi-Fi performance in general). With these prices, the Chromecast series offers a much cheaper option for streaming TV  than Apple TVthe Telstra TV 3, or even the Foxtel Now box – all offering similar functionality.

Chromecast

Stream Your Favourites with Google Chromecast

Stream your favourite shows and movies from any device with Google Chromecast. Watch the best of Netflix, Stan, Kayo Sports, and more on a bigger screen in HD with this small yet powerful device.

To stream IPTV using your Chromecast, users will have to subscribe to an IPTV service first. In Australia, users can choose from paid services – for example Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now, or hayu  – as well as free options such as Crackle and YouTube.

A new Chromecast needs to be configured before it can begin streaming. To set up Chromecast, users will need a TV with an HDMI port, a computer or a smartphone (or tablet) and internet access through Wi-Fi.

What Streaming Apps Work on Google Chromecast?

Google Chromecast is one of the most versatile streaming devices out there given how it can be used with just about streaming platform available. Check out our top 5 picks below of streaming platforms in Australia through which you can use a Chromecast — and with free trial offers to boot!

Netflix

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. Even better, there is a free 30-day trial you can take advantage of.

Netflix

Netflix Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Premium - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Premium - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream 4 devices at once
  • Watch in HD and UHD
  • $19.99/mth
$19.99/mth
Min Cost - $19.99 over 1 month

Standard - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Standard - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream 2 devices at once
  • Watch in HD
  • $13.99/mth
$13.99/mth
Min Cost - $13.99 over 1 month

Basic - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Basic - Netflix from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream on one device at a time
  • Watch in SD
  • $9.99/mth
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month

Last audited 09 September 2020

BINGE

BINGE is the newest player in the Australian streaming market, and thanks to their partnership with the likes of HBO, BBC, FX and Warner Bros, they have hit the ground running. BINGE has the option of Chromecast should you wish to stream content direct to your TV, witha free 14-day trial to check it all out.

BINGE

BINGE Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in SD on a single device
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $10/mth
$10/mth
Min Cost - $10/month after 14 days free trial

Standard
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Standard
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to two devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $14/mth
$14/mth
Min Cost - $14/month after 14 days free trial

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
  • $18/mth
$18/mth
Min Cost - $18/month after 14 days free trial

Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • Telstra Postpaid: 3 mths free
  • Telstra Plus Member: 3 mths free
  • Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Telstra Plus Silver: 6 mths free
  • Telstra Plus Gold: 9 mths free
  • $0/mth
$0/mth
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra postpaid customers (3 months)Telstra Plus Member (3 months), Silver (6 months) and Gold (9 months), $14/mth afterwards

Last audited 14 September 2020

Kayo

Kayo is a sports streaming service that’s dedicated to delivering sports, live and on-demand. With its 14-day trial, it’s a good way to break from your regular 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 free offer.

Kayo

Kayo Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $15/mth
$15/mth
Min Cost - $15/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Premium - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Premium - Kayo Sports from Telstra
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25/month for first 12 mths, $35/month afterwards

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $35/mth
$35/mth
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 09 September 2020

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. 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.

10 All Access

10 All Access Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Tenplay
  • Tenplay
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch shows from Channel TEN, 10 Peach & 10 Bold
  • Live streaming, watch sports as they happen
  • $0/mth
$0/mth

Last audited 09 September 2020

hayu

hayu is the ultimate go-to destination for all things reality TV. From hit series like Keeping Up With the Kardashians to limited specials like Citizen Rose, you can find the best of reality TV across a wide range of genres with hayu. Best of all, you can get instant access to thousands of episodes from hayu’s vast library with a 30 day free trial.

hayu

hayu Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • 30 day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • hayu app: download shows
  • 6,500+ episodes of reality TV
  • $6.99/mth
$6.99/mth
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Last audited 09 September 2020

DocPlay

Documentary junkies can now satisfy their need for real, engaging stories with DocPlay. You can join free for 30 days to access hundreds of the best 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.

DocPlay

DocPlay Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • New docos added weekly
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • $6.95/mth
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 09 September 2020

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is the new kid on the block, but it does offer a great range of original shows, full seasons of other hit series, plus hundreds of movies that you can stream anytime and anywhere. What’s even better is how you can kick it all off with a 30 day free trial, which not only grants you access to Prime Video, but also to other perks such as expedited delivery services and exclusive deals on online shopping.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
  • $6.99/mth
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 09 September 2020

How Does Chromecast Work?

It might be good to understand a bit about how Chromecast works before setting it up. Chromecast is a bit like a set-top box, but simpler, cheaper and on a tiny HDMI device. And it uses your phone, tablet or PC as the controller. Just like an IP set-top box, it streams the content using a broadband internet connection. You could say that it almost converts a regular TV into a smart TV.

How to Set Up your Chromecast

Configuring the Chromecast device is simple and doesn’t take too long. Simply follow these easy steps:

  1. Make sure that you have all the components at hand: the Chromecast dongle, a USB adaptor, an optional plug-pack power supply and an optional HDMI extension. All of these are provided in the box.
  2. Connect the Chromecast dongle to the TV (via the HDMI port). If you don’t have enough HDMI ports on your TV, you may want to buy an HDMI splitter.
  3. Connect the USB power cable to the other end of the Chromecast device and plug it in. Some modern TVs may be able to supply with Chromecast all the power it needs, so users may not need the power adapter if their TV is new and has a USB port capable of supplying the power instead.
  4. Turn on the TV. A blue screen with a “Set Me Up” message should come up. If it doesn’t, press the “source” button on your remote until it does. On TVs that support it, Chromecast will select the correct HDMI port automatically.
  5. Download the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet – you’ll need a mobile device for the initial setup, but once it’s done you’ll be able to cast from your desktop or laptop computer if you want. Once downloaded, just run it and follow instructions. Keep your Wi-Fi user name and password handy so that the Chromecast device can connect to it.

Once done, you will see a “ready to cast” screen.

Sorry, were you expecting more steps? Chromecast prides itself on making it easy to stream almost anything you can imagine to your TV. And part of that includes a simple, one-time setup process.

Chromecast Enabled Devices

Chromecast is available in two stand-alone versions – but more recently, Google has been licensing their popular creation to other manufacturers. So you’ll also find Chromecast devices built into the latest audio-visual hardware, including Android-powered smart TVs, AV receivers and even the new Foxtel Now streaming box. If you see a “Chromecast Built-in” logo on your device, you’ve already got a Chromecast ready to go!

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