This was a good day for streaming video services: Showtime and Dish Network’s Sling TV announced that their standalone online services will be available on TV to viewers who use Google’s Chromecast connector.
Showtime’s up today on Chromecast and Android devices, as well as as Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Fire TV stick. Sling will be on Chromecast “in the coming weeks,” its CEO Roger Lynch says. It’s already on Android and Amazon platforms.
Google disclosed its additions today in an event where it introduced new products including updates of its $35 Chromecast — which it says has 20 million users. In addition to Showtime and Sling, the device will soon offer streamed NBA and MLS games.
Google says a new Chromecast feature, called Fastplay, can provide seemingly instant access to services such as Netflix by loading content before the user signs in. The company also introduced Chromecast Audio, which can stream tunes from services including Google Play Music and Spotify.