Google has just announced that its gigabit internet service, Google Fiber, will support Google Cast, the technology that allows users to cast content on their Chromecast devices. In short, Google Fiber cable boxes will turn into Chromecasts, and this will be possible through an update that will roll out over the next weeks.
After Fiber TV subscribers will install the update, they will have the possibility to cast any of the thousands of applications (except for Spotify, HBO Now, Hulu, WatchESPN, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Watch ABC) by tapping an icon and watching them on their TV screen. Soon, more applications will support casting to Fiber TV. But, at least today, users are able to access over 200,000 TV shows and movies, 30 million songs, they can listen to radio stations, play games etc.
Fiber users won’t need any additional equipment, as they will take advantage of the built-in Google Cast functionality by just connecting their mobile devices to their Fiber Wi-Fi, then they will tap the Cast button and stream the application just like they would do with a Chromecast device.
Google Fiber is currently available in the following US markets: Kansas City, Provo, Austin, Atlanta and Nashville, and it will be expanded to Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, Huntsville and San Francisco, but in the near future, more cities will be added.
However, those who want to buy a Chromecast, they will spend only $35 on it. The device looks like a slim round disc available in three colors (black, lemonade and coral), which has a long flexible HDMI cable that attaches to the back of the TV. The disc has a diameter of 51.9-inch, a weight of over 39 grams, it’s powered by a Marvell Armada 1500 Mini Plus 88DE3006 chipset with 1.2GHz dual ARM Cortex-A7 processors backed by 512MB of RAM and has an internal memory of 256MB. The output video resolution is 1080p, it connects via 802.11 ac (2.4GHz/5GHz) and comes with a power adapter.