Showtime Anytime, Starz Play and Games Come to Chromecast

Posted by at 12:08 pm on November 12, 2014


Chromecast wants ┬ásome TV gaming actionnow. Google announced it’s adding games to the Chromecast app list, including big titles such as Monopoly, Scrabble Blitz, Just Dance Now, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe.

Users will now be able to open these games on their televisions and play on the big screen using their smartphones as controllers. For example, if two people want to play Scrabble Bltiz, they both download the smartphone app and open it on the TV using Chromecast. All of the words they spell show up on the TV. The players race to spell as many words as possible. In a game like Just Dance Now, the smartphone is used as a sensor that can tell how you’re moving your body and award you points accordingly.

Chromecast uses Google’s Knowledge Graph to bring a game called Big Web Quiz to your TV. The trivia-based game creates hundreds of off-the-wall questions like “how many goats tall is Taylor Swift?” so you’ll likely never be left answering the same questions twice. There’s also a new Emoji Party, a game that has you guessing movie titles by using only emoji clues to the movie’s plot.

TV and movie buffs will be excited to hear that Chromecast has added support for Showtime Anytime and Starz Play. Both services require Showtime of Starz subscriptions, but the apps now being available on Chromecast makes them a bit more accessible for those who don’t have an Apple TV or an Amazon Fire TV.

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