You can now use Chromecast to watch live broadcast television. No standard cable subscription or set-top box required. You just need Aereo.
Aereo, which is limited to consumers in the US, announced in April that it would be Google Cast Ready on 29 May. It wasn't. But, one week later, it is finally Google Cast Ready. All you have to do is download the Aereo (Beta) app for Android. It includes support for Chromecast, enabling you to simply tap the Google Cast icon and beam Aereo content from your mobile device to the big screen through the Chromecast HDMI dongle.
Aereo lets you stream over-the-air local TV and network programming. It initially allowed subscribers to watch content through supported web browsers as well as use a DVR storage service for just $8 a month (though there are other subscription options available). Aereo subscribers are no longer chained to a web browser however. Now they can stream any content in Aereo's catalogue through Chromecast.
“The way people watch and experience television is changing and Google is a pioneer in providing consumers with more choice and flexibility in how they access and experience that media,” said Chet Kanojia, founder and CEO of Aereo, in a press release. "Consumers deserve more options and alternatives in how they watch television".
Aereo relies on fingertip-sized TV antennas in cloud data centers. They allow servers to live-stream channels with HD reception via a speedy Internet connection. Using Aereo, you can watch live content in real-time. You can also pause, rewind, fast-forward, or save broadcasted programmes for future viewing. Aereo works with iPad, iPhone, Android, Chrome for Mac and Windows, Safari, Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Apple TV, Roku, and now Chromecast.
Aereo is currently available in the following cities: New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Dallas, Detroit, Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Antonio, and Austin. For more information on where Aereo plans to launch next in 2014, check out the service's coverage page.