Sunday, December 15, 2013

How To Use Google Chromecast To Listen To Podcasts through the Speakers on Your TV

Chromecast and Podcasts Make a Perfect Match

I'm always on the hunt for new ways to listen to podcasts and Google Chromecast is my new podcast listening device. For those of you who don't already know, Chromecast is dongle that you can purchase from the Google Play store or places like Amazon, that connects to the HDMI port on your TV. This device fits in the palm of your hand and runs for about $35 on Amazon. Here's my affiliate link if you're interested in purchasing one. 


Google Chromecast


Watch this video I recorded that demonstrates the installation and setup with a Samsung Galaxy S4 and a Samsung SmartTV: 



No More  Ear buds

With the Chromecast app installed on my phone I can use the nicer stereo system on my SmartTV to listen while I am doing other tasks like cooking or cleaning. This comes in really handy when I don't want to be bothered with using my ear buds and I want more control of the volume of my favorite podcasts. 


Previously I talked about how I sync my iTunes library to Google Play and you'll see in the video that is what really makes this option possible. 

But What if You Have an Older TV, Will Chromecast Still Work?

In the video I am connecting Chromecast to a newer model television and using the dongle via HDMI and USB. However, if you have an older model TV that doesn't have a USB port, Chromecast includes an alternative connection method for plugging into a regular electrical outlet. Now if your TV is so old that you don't have a HDMI port, that I highly recommend you think about upgrading to a Samsung SmartTV.

More Apps for Chromecast Are Coming Soon!

If you are a music or movie buff, this setup will be perfect for you too. Here is a list of the other apps that are currently available for Chromecast:
  • Netflix 
  • HBO Go
  • Hulu Plus
  • YouTube
  • Google Play
  • Pandora
  • RedBull TV
  • Vevo
  • Real Cloud Player
Have you tried Google's new Chromecast yet? Let me know what your experience with it has been so far. 

UPDATE:
BeyondPod released an app which is now available for Chromecast
BeyondPod App on Chromecast
Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast on Beyond Pod


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