1. BT Sport
If you have BT Broadband you can enjoy BT Sport free, but usually getting the content on a big telly would require hooking up your laptop to a TV using HDMI. Now, however, the BT Sport Chromecast support makes that a thing of the past.
Free | Download
2. Videostream Chromecast: Remote
An alternative to Plex is Videostream Chromecast: Remote, a free remote control app that works with the Videostream Chrome extension so you can play local multimedia content wirelessly. There's no need to pay for the app and, usefully, there's no need to setup a Plex media server, which the less tech-savvy will appreciate.
3. BBC Sport
Yet another app worthy of any sports fan. BBC Sport will let you enjoy a love of all things active in the living room. Whether that's live radio or checking out all the latest sporting updates.
Free | Download
We’ve been big fans of Pocket Casts for a while now – a podcasting app that’s a joy to use and is packed with countless added features, so the news that Chromecast support has been added certainly got us excited. It works as you’d expect, quickly casting either audio or video slices of entertainment to your tele, in a matter of taps.
Price: £2.49 | Download Pocket Casts
5. Pixo Cast
While loads of these apps are Android only, PixoCast gives some love towards to the iOS Chromecast fans. Thanks to some auto-transcoding tech, you can send 1080p video, recorded from your phone, direct to the TV, without suffering any playback lag.
Price: £1.49 | Download PixoCast
6. BBC iPlayer
An app that hardly needs an introduction, but it’s great to know that the BBC has been quick out of the blocks to add Chromecast support to its Android and iOS apps. Beam the latest episode of Line of Duty straight from your phone to your TV in possibly the simplest way possible.
Free | Download BBC iPlayer
One of the many photo beaming apps that has become available since Chromecast’s release, we’d probably go as far as saying Dayframe is the most fully featured. Input your Instagram details (or not, you don’t have to), choose a few favourite subjects, like tech and art, and it’ll bring a load of snaps together in one place. As you’d expect, Chromecast support lets you beam all this straight to your tele.
Free (IAP available) | Download Dayframe
A must download for any new Chromecast user, AllCast streams music, videos and photos stored on your device to your TV – simple as that. Load up some entertainment on your phone, settle down and beam it to your tele, night sorted. The app also supports loads of others streamers, like the Xbox 360 and Roku.
Price: £3 | Download AllCast
9. TicTacToe Chromecast
Gaming streaming to Chromecast is still very much in its infancy, but developers are already beginning to see how far the useful little dongle can go. The super simple game of TicTacToe, better known here as noughts and crosses, seems as good starting point as any and its move to Chromecast brings a nice version of the game to the TV. iOS people can also join in the fun with a compatible app.
Ditch those old-fashioned music channels that never play the songs you really want and replace them with the new king of online music videos, Vevo. Thanks to added Chromecast support, you can now create your own stream of hand-picked videos and play them on the big-screen.
Free | Download Vevo
Movie streaming service Netflix has added Chromecast support for its app, which means that anyone with a subscription can now play their favourite movies and TV shows on their TV. A nice touch for the app is that you can use your chosen device as a remote to pause, rewind, fast-forward and even change the volume of your media.
Free app, subscription required | Netflix app
12. Plex app for Chromecast
Plex is a media management app with Chromecast compatibility, which enables you to control media from all of your Android devices and stream to your TV. One of the added bonuses is that Plex is compatible with sites such as Vimeo and YouTube, allowing you to queue videos to watch later on with any device. You also get a sleek interface that is easy to navigate and find exactly what you’re looking for.
Free app, premium features available | Plex
13. Avia media management
Avia is a handy app to stream all our media files from several devices to your TV using Chromecast. Files such as pictures and videos can be streamed to a TV from an Android smartphone, tablet or even from cloud storage spaces like Dropbox. Avia allows you to manage all of your files in one place and doesn’t restrict your phones activity, allowing you to stream media in the background. The app does require a small in-app purchase but is worth the fee merely for its multi-platform accessibility.
Small in-app purchase required | Avia
Red Bull – unsurprisingly – has recently launched its own specialist TV channel which is available via Chromecast. The content available is mainly sports shows and behind the scenes footage at Red Bull events. You can also view a calendar of live sporting events throughout the year which then allows you unlimited real time access to these live events.
Free app | Redbull.TV
15. Youtube app with Chromecast support
The YouTube app is another must-have for Chromecast users, with cool features and a slick interface. The app allows you to stream as many videos as you like on to the big screen in your house without a smart TV or HDMI cable. If you're having a party, the app comes into its own, enabling anyone connected to the Wi-Fi to add videos to the queue, so videos of cats can be shared easier than ever.
Free | Youtube
16. Songza app
In a new addition to the content available to Chromecast users Songza has recently released a compatible app to stream music playlists designed by experts suited to your mood. This is the easy way for anyone who doesn’t want to have to sit and queue up a playlist, you can simply set a mood and enjoy. This is an ideal app for party playlists and really adds value to the music options available to Chromecast users.
Free | Songza
17. Google TV and Movies
Chromecast allows users to watch thousands of TV shows and movies through the TV using Google’s own video streaming service. Users are able to either purchase or rent movies through the Google Play store and then watch them on their TV even when not connected to the internet. The Google Play store offers an extensive range of movies and TV shows at reasonable prices making it a good value app for most movie lovers who would rather not trawl around a shop to search for their favourite films.
Free app, subscription required | Google TV and Movies
18. Google Music
It’s not just Movies and TV that's great for Chromecast. You can play music purchased on the Google Play store on our TV via the Google Music app. The app allows subscribers to stream their playlists over their home cinema system. The app is currently only compatible with Android phones or tablets but look out for expansion in 2014.
Free app, subscription required | Google music App
19. Googlecast browser extension
So it's not a true Chromecast app, but this extension is still worth a look. The Googlecast tab extension for Chromecast enables you to send your browsing to the big screen. It's perfect for catch-up services like BBC iplayer and 4OD, as well as showing off your snaps on Facebook or doing presentations.
Free | Googlecast extension
Google is still holding back on the compatibility of third party developer apps, but when they finally give the go-ahead for this to happen there is a whole range of developers queuing up to make the most of the dongle. Vbukit is one of those with a lot to offer to the Chromecast, with one of the features being the ability to display Business documents direct to the TV. This is a feature which could make displaying spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations easier than ever. Vbukit also allows for the streaming of social media feeds from multiple devices and the capability to open local files from cloud sites like Dropbox and Google Drive.
Beta only at the moment | TBC