Google’s Chromecast is one of the cheapest ways to get web content on your TV. Launching with access to Netflix and YouTube, Chromecast has already gotten platforms like Hulu and HBO Go interested and working toward getting more content to Google’s tiny streaming gadget. For now, though, Chromecast is a bit limited, and won’t store a video library or play things like QuickTime files. If you’re looking to add some more content – including just about anything that plays in a browser or things you may have downloaded elsewhere online – there’s a really easy way to do it. Begin by installing the Chromecast browser extension on your computer. Connect your browser to Chromecast, then drag and drop the file you want to play into your Chrome browser. Click on the Chromecast browser extension and select “Cast this tab.” That’s it! You just opened up Google’s $35 streaming device to a whole new world of content in just a matter of minutes… and did it all for free.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.