Undoubtedly, Google Chromecast is a simple and affordable way to stream movies and TV shows from your computer or mobile device to your TV screen, both locally and over the Internet.
Wondering how to watch live Australian TV with this USB-like device? We have some answers!
It’s quite simple actually: you will need to download and install some apps. For all the people who are confused about which apps to use, be sure to take a look at the “Get Apps” tab in the Google Home app on your device. You will find they have built in a comprehensive list of what’s available. Let’s take a look at a few.
The national broadcaster’s groundbreaking iView service has long had a wonderful phone and tablet app. More recently, support for Chromecast was added so that you can browse shows using the app, and send them to your TV effortlessly. You can stream live ABC TV easily using the app, as well as watch a full selection of ABC shows – including some iView exclusives.
When Foxtel gave its popular and affordable streaming service a brand-new name and logo, it also quietly updated its mobile and tablet apps to provide full support for Chromecast. That means you can relax on the couch and browse through the dozens of live TV channels Foxtel Now offers and send them direct to your TV with a tap of the screen. In many ways, it’s the ultimate remote control for Foxtel! You’ll need to be a Foxtel Now subscriber to use the app, of course. But you can take advantage of the two-week free trial of the full channel line-up to see for yourself how easy to use it is with Chromecast.
The Nine Network’s totally revamped catch-up app also streams any of Nine’s channels live – and has recently become the first TV network app aside from ABC iView to add support for Chromecast. All you need to do to take advantage of it is make sure you have the latest version of 9now installed on your device, then load it up and it will immediately flash its Chromecast icon at you. If your broadband and network are fast enough, 9now also streams in HD – meaning you get great picture quality!
This shiny new app brings together all the free-to-air TV channels in the one place, complete with interactive guide and show reminders. Covering all five networks and both live and catch-up TV, the app’s a must-have for anyone who likes to stay connected to their favourite shows on free-to-air. And yes, the app comes complete with Chromecast support built in!
Red Bull TV
Do you enjoy sports? Then Red Bull TV is the app you need to download and install! The app offers live streaming of various sports events as well as a wide selection of music, lifestyle and sports entertainment to choose from. The app is compatible with all kinds of mobile device, gaming consoles and computers.
If you’re into video games of any kind, Twitch is the kind of live TV you’re going to want to be watching. Twitch features hundreds of live streams running 24 hours a day from some of the biggest names in gaming. Not to mention live coverage of events and tournaments from around the globe. Australian streamers have a large presence on the service, too! Now a very refined experience that effortlessly streams to the Chromecast in full HD, the Twitch app is a must-have.
How could we forget YouTube? The world’s largest video-sharing website offers millions of hours of user-generated content – more than you could ever watch in a lifetime. It also offers live streaming services over a range of various channels. Whether it’s live sports, music, gaming or TV shows, YouTube has it all covered and, best of all, it’s free to use! So please, do your Chromecast a favour and download the YouTube app today.
Haystack is a news channel service that streams tailored content based on your interests and location. Whenever you want to catch up with what’s happening in the world, you can switch it on and BAM, live streams appear. As you rate each news story, Haystack grows smarter about what interests you and customises your channel accordingly!
More and more apps are adding Chromecast support all the time. As of November 2017 there’s now hundreds of apps that can send their video, photos or other content to your handy little device and onto your big screen. With Foxtel Now adding Chromecast support and the arrival of the Freeview app this year, it’s easier than ever to watch live TV on your Chromecast.
Hopefully we’ve shown you how to watch some of your favourite Australian content live with Chromecast.
And hopefully you’ve learned that it’s not just for watching Netflix and Stan. With the apps we’ve mentioned above, you will be able to easily stream live Australian TV with Chromecast. If you haven’t already, download them today!
And if you haven’t already got a Chromecast, well, what are you waiting for?