Google faces immense competition
in the streaming space, but even so, the company's Chromecast dongle
has two things going for it. The first is price. At just $35 -- and sometimes cheaper if there's a promotion or sale taking place -- Chromecast is one of the most affordable ways to upgrade your home or dorm room entertainment scheme with streaming content. And secondly, Chromecast continues to get better as more developers jump on board.
One of the newest members to the Chromecast family is VUDU
, the on-demand video service owned by Walmart. Using the VUDU app on Chromecast, movie buffs can control video playback, volume, and closed captions just like a remote control. You can even mutli-task and use your device without interrupting what's playing on VUDU.
Another new addition to Chromecast is Crackle
, which just refreshed its Android and iOS apps to support Google's streaming device. This comes as great news to Jerry Seinfeld fans who can catch Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" original series, as well as his original self-titled sitcom from the 1990s. And if you missed out on The Shield, you can binge-watch the entire series on Crackle, as well.
Completing a perfect storm of streaming additions, Rdio
is also new to Chromecast.
"Rdio on Google Chromecast marks another milestone in Rdio’s commitment to delivering the best music experience everywhere," said Anthony Bay, chief executive officer of Rdio. "Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalog of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV."
You can listen to millions of songs for free with Rdio, or sign up for a $9.99/month plan for ad-free streaming.