Washington Post becomes the first news site using Chromecast

December 10, 2013

Today we’ve become the first news organization to incorporate technology that allows you to play any of our videos on your TV set through the popular Chromecast device.  That means you can select videos from The Washington Post and control the playback right from your computer, tablet or mobile device.

Our team of developers worked closely with Google engineers to develop and integrate the technology and were part of the initial rollout earlier this year.  (We wrote about it in this space at the time, and others did, too.)  Now we’re enabling across Washingtonpost.com, PostTV.com, The Washington Post app on iPad and PostTV app on Android tablets and phones.

You can try it yourself:

  • Install your Chromecast in an HDMI port on your TV and make sure you’re surfing the Web on the same WiFi router.
  • On the Web: Open a Chrome browser, enable the Chromecast extension and start watching any video on PostTV.com.
  • On a mobile phone or tablet: Download and open The Washington Post or PostTV app and start watching a video.
  • When you’re ready to cast, look for the Chromecast icon on the video player’s progress bar.  Click it and your video will start playing on your television.
  • Your computer, tablet or phone then works like a remote control.
  • You can switch to another video and even turn the volume up and down or skip to another part of the clip.
  • And your video will roll into the next so you can just keep watching.

To cast a video on your TV screen using Chromecast, look for the icon on the far bottom right of the player. The icon turns blue to indicate the Chromecast is working.

It’s a whole new way to watch video from The Washington Post — right on your home TV!

Andrew Pergam is the senior editor for video at The Washington Post. 

To have PostTV’s daily news shows sent to your inbox in the evening, sign up here. 

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