Showtime, Starz Join Chromecast Lineup

Streaming Adapter Also Optimized For ‘Family-Friendly’ Games
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Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter plunged more into the TV Everywhere pool with optimizations for authenticated apps from two top premium programmers – Showtime and Starz.

Joining HBO Go in the Chromecast lineup are Showtime Anytime and two apps from Starz – Starz Play and Encore Play. Other TVE apps that are already 
Google Cast-ready include WATCH ABC, WATCH Disney, Watch ESPN, WATCH Disney XD, and WATCH Disney Junior. 

Starz, which has also launched the Movieplex Play app, has extended support for several other platforms, including the Xbox One, Xbox 360, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, Nook HD/HD+, Web browsers, and select Google Nexus devices.    

In addition to iOS and Android devices and Web browsers,  Showtime Anytime is supported on the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV box, the Apple TV, Roku devices, and the Xbox 360 (support for the Xbox One is on deck). 

Also on Tuesday, Google announced support for a slate of “family-friendly” games for Chromecast, including Wheel of Fortune, Monopoly, Dash, Scrabble Blitz, and Connect Four, among others. Similar to the approach for video and music streaming apps, Chromecast users tap and swipe their phones or tablets to control games that are playing out on the TV screen.  Google has also added a categories tabs to the Chromecast apps page, allowing users to select from areas such as TV & Movies, Music & Audio, Games, Sports, and Photos & Video, among others.