Functionality of Chromecast has expanded at least tenfold since its launch last summer, and now it looks like there’s some new functionality that was quietly added to YouTube live streams in the desktop version of any browser: live streaming. That’s right, you can now watch all those awesome live streaming web cams, shows and other things on YouTube via Chromecast by clicking on the little Chromecast icon in the bottom right hand corner of any YouTube video when viewing it in any browser on a laptop or desktop computer. This isn’t platform or browser specific, which is something fairly new to Chromecast, which was specific to streaming just from Chrome up until recently. This sort of functionality brings Chromecast just one step closer to replacing more and more devices connected to your TV, and could help usher in a better way to watch TV and other special live broadcasts.
Looking for some live streams to test that shiny new feature out on? Anything on YouTube’s featured live channels list should work just fine, and you’ll be watching live streams on the big screen through your Chromecast with just the click of a button. If you haven’t casted from YouTube before it’s simple; pull up your video of choice, click on the little casting icon that appears on the bottom right of the player, and select the Chromecast that resides on your network. This is limited to desktop versions of browsers right now though, so attempting to stream it from your phone or tablet will likely present you with an error. Knowing Google this functionality could be added to the mobile world at any time, or it might not be added for months. Right now there’s no telling what’s going to transpire but at least you have one more option to watch live streams than being huddled around that tiny laptop screen! There’s lots of competition out there when it comes to streaming boxes for your TV, but maybe this sort of support from Google will sway those not already in the Chromecast arena.