Google is making it easier for those using its Google Fiber TV service to turn any TV in your house into a Smart TV. The company announced today that those who own a Google Fiber TV box will soon be able to take advantage of Google Cast support.
So no longer will customers need to purchase a separate Chromecast dongle to access popular apps like Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Sling TV, Disney Channel, Pandora, Spotify and of course Google Play (where you can access thousands of movies and TV shows). Best of all, you won’t even need to swap out your existing settop box to enable Google Cast; it will be pushed to your device via a software update “over the coming weeks.”
“Casting is easy. Just connect your compatible mobile device or laptop to your Fiber Wi-Fi, then tap the Cast button from the apps you already know and love to send what you’re viewing to your TV,” states Google Fiber Project Manager Jared Nusinoff. “And since Fiber TV comes with Google Cast technology built-in, no additional equipment or setup is needed.”
Google Fiber first launched in Kansas City, Missouri nearly four years ago. Since then, it has slowly expanded to other cities across the United States including Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; and Nashville, Tennessee. Other metropolitan areas that are gearing up to receive Google Fiber include Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco and San Antonio.
For those that are lucky enough to have access to Google Fiber Internet and TV service, and have already received the Google Cast update, be sure to sound off in the comments section below.