Chromecast is starting to ramp up its functionality as more and more apps become equipped with Chromecast support, and soon the Chromecast will even be better equipped to handle tons more web video content online. While you can already cast from the web to your Chromecast via the tab casting feature, or the beta cast entire desktop feature, it still isn’t quite the same as having official support for casting hosted web videos. That’s where the popular flash and HTML5 video player called JW player comes in, announcing today that it’s beginning a beta program for testing Chromecast support with it. This could end up opening up the Chromecast to much more content through the web than we have available now as many sites already use JW player to host videos.
Right now there is a limited number of official Chromecast partner apps that Google themselves has set up, and an influx of new supported apps are making their way into the hands of many users as the Google cast SDK was made open to the public and developers earlier this year. There is a decent number of media streaming options available to users of the HDMI dongle but when it comes to web content the support is fairly limited. YouTube has Chromecast support built into its website now but when it comes to other types of flash media and HTML videos from other sites, the support is somewhat lacking.
For those who may not know, the Chromecast is a tiny media streaming dongle from Google that you can plug into the HDMI port on a tv or monitor, to stream videos, and music, and other content to that device over the Wifi network in your home. The device costs just $35 on Amazon, and it’s small, lightweight, and easily portable. Having even more content through JW player makes the value for those who get their video content from the web that much higher. While today marks the opening of even more web video content to Chromecast users, JW has stated that they are limiting the beta testing to a handful of publishers who already use their video players, while they plan to open up access to the rest of the publishers who use their players later on.