Chromecast partners grow as Vimeo and Redbox jump on board, HBO Go and Plex coming soon?
Chromecast is off to a great start, as buyers clear inventory online and in brick and mortar Best Buy stores across the country. And now there’s even more great news to announce: Vimeo and Redbox Instant have both signed on as content partners for Chromecast, which means that users of these two video services will be able to seamlessly “cast” videos to their TVs, with almost no effort at all.
This should come as great news to those of you who were disappointed that Chromecast only initially worked with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Music, and Google Play Movies & TV (although for only $35, there’s really not a whole lot to be disappointed in). Unfortunately, we don’t have an exact date as to when these apps will be compatible with Chromecast, but it will almost certainly be sooner rather than later.
In related news, Plex is also expressing great interest in Chromecast, as evidenced by a recent tweet that stated, “Yes, we’ve ordered a few of them.” Configuration files discovered by GTV Hacker also show that HBO Go is undergoing testing right now, which indicates an imminent release very soon, even though nothing has been officially announced yet.
Overall, Chromecast seems to be gaining a lot of momentum, and could finally be Google’s successful attempt at getting into America’s living rooms. While Google TV and Android sticks have been around for a while, no single product has managed to garner this much attention and interest from consumers. Google might have finally hit the sweet spot with price and usability.
As always, you can expect an unboxing and closer look at Chromecast, whenever mine finally gets here from Amazon![GigaOM]