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Google Chromecast Goes Sports Crazy Adding WatchESPN, MLS, And More

Dave LeClair 04-06-2014

Fans of Google’s little $35 streaming stick known as the Chromecast are in for a treat, as the company has just announced a bunch of new apps coming to the device. Most of them are centered around applications for watching some of your favorite sports, but there is also a feature that will come in handy for those who like to use Google+ to share their photos with friends and loved ones.


The first new app added by Google is WatchESPN. This is a cool way to watch live sports on your streaming stick, but it does come with a pretty limiting caveat – you must have an ESPN subscription with a cable or satellite provider to use it. This makes it pretty useless for cord-cutters using a Chromecast as a replacement for traditional cable. On the positive side, WatchESPN will have a tremendous amount of World Cup coverage, so football (soccer) fans will be able to watch their country compete with ease. This is of course, in addition to the others sports content offered by ESPN such as the NBA playoffs, X-Games, and others.


For fans of American soccer, a new app called MLS Matchday is also hitting Google’s Chromecast. This will let fans watch live MLS games, but it does require a premium MLS subscription.

For anime fans, Google is adding an app called Crunchyroll. This app has all kinds of shows available, some of which are even available one hour after after they air live in Japan.

The final app allows users to turn their Chromecast into a photo slideshow with their Google+ photos. Users simply cast their photos from their Android or iOS device, and they will show up on the big screen for all to see.


WatchESPN releases next week, while the MLS and Google+ app are available right now. Google did not announce exactly when the Crunchytime app would make its way to the device.

Source: Google

Related topics: Chromecast, Google Plus, Photo Sharing, Sports.

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  1. Michael Burns
    June 16, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Where Amazon kicks Netflix's backside is in streaming rentals. If you can't find a movie on Netflix or on Amazon Prime (say because it's too new), there's a good chance it's available to rent on Amazon Instant Video--the Netflix DVD model has to be going away soon. I just don't see it competing with on-demand service.

  2. HH
    June 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I get the same problem with Charter, and it seems to apply to all events.

  3. Michael L
    June 4, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    I got a message that says: "Your Provider does not permit playback on this device" Well Played Big Cable, well played.

    • Chuck
      June 10, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Michael L, please specify which provider you have. Help the rest of us out here, please.

    • Michael L
      June 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Charter Communications. After trying a few more times now it seems to be only certain events. I was able to stream a show the other day but last night I was blocked from playing the Ole Miss v ULL baseball game on chromecast.