Chromecast is one of the more understated streaming devices. While many people choose bigger or more expensive devices, Chromecast is small, inexpensive, and robust when you consider its size. Before owning a Roku, I had a Chromecast. While I have both now, I use Chromecast as much, if not more as I do my other devices. One of the things that keeps me using Chromecast are the Chromecast live TV apps. If you aren’t watching live TV on Chromecast, you should give it a try.
You can watch as many Chromecast live TV channels as you can with other devices. It’s all about determining which Chromecast streaming apps are going to deliver something you can’t get elsewhere. It seems the longer Chromecast is out the better Chromecast TV streaming becomes. What if you’re new to Chromecast TV streaming though? If that’s the case, our Chromecast apps list, which is filled with Chromecast live TV channels, should help!
Our Chromecast Apps List includes 10 of the best ways to stream live TV on Chromecast.
1 – HBO NOW
You don’t need cable to watch HBO anymore. HBO NOW gives you a full on-demand library including all of the recent HBO shows with every aired episode plus a full movie library. You can access these at any time. Of course, you can watch the HBO live stream, too. All episodes that are on TV also air on HBO NOW at the same time. This Chromecast live TV option is available at $15/month and it comes with a 30-day free trial. You can learn more in our HBO NOW review.
2 – PlayStation Vue
Chromecast live TV works best when you’re using a streaming service like PlayStation Vue. The reason for that is that something like PlayStation Vue is going to give you the feel of cable. PS Vue allows you between 45 and 90 channels depending on the package you choose. Prices start at $30/month. Channels include FOX News, ESPN, Discovery, AMC, Syfy, and USA. You can learn more in our PS Vue review or you can try it out with their PS Vue 5-day trial.
3 – BBC iPlayer
If you’re in the UK, you can watch TV on Chromecast with the BBC iPlayer. This is a great way to watch Doctor Who, the News, or anything else you want to watch on BBC. This works as a great on-demand option, too, as most shows have multiple episodes available to be watched. Add in the fact that it’s free, and you really can’t beat this one if you’re in the UK.
4 – Sling TV
The nice thing about Sling TV is that you get the feel of cable, but you’re spending less than $25/month. You get anywhere from 30-40 channels, depending on package. AMC, A&E, TNT, ESPN, Freeform, and many other channels are available. You can also add channels including HBO, Starz, and other channels. This gives you a Chromecast live TV option that fulfills your need for cable. Our Sling TV review can tell you more. Another way to learn more is to try out the Sling TV 7-day trial.
5 – The CW
Do you watch Arrow, The Flash, or Supergirl? If you do, a great, easy way to find them is on CW. There may not be a live stream option, but you get to watch the shows for free, with limited commercial breaks. The majority of CW shows are available and you should have a few episodes per show available at any given time.
6 – fuboTV
If you’re looking for a live stream sports option, fuboTV is going to give you the most range for your buck. fuboTV offers a mix of cable and sports channels starting at $35/month. You’ll have access to soccer, cycling, golf, and more with channels like Comcast Sportsnet, FOX Sports Channels, NBA TV, NBCSN, and BeIN Sports. They even offer a free 7-day trial. You can learn more in our fuboTV review.
7 – Local Channels
You can gain access to local content through ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX apps. Each app works a little differently, but each of them allows you to use them to watch both daytime and primetime programming. In some cases, a subscription or a cable login may be provided. Even when this is the case, they usually offer a select number of episodes for free.
8 – Hulu
These days, Hulu offers the same low-cost, on-demand service that you’re probably used to and they also offer a live streaming cable alternative. No matter which you choose, you can watch Hulu on Chromecast. The on-demand version of Hulu offers next day TV shows, a movie library, and a great catalog of originals. Packages start at $8/month and come with a free 1-week trial. Check out our Hulu review to learn more.
9 – Showtime
Like with HBO, if you’re a fan of premium movie channels, Showtime is a great option. You’ll get hundreds of movies, documentaries, sporting events, and Showtime original shows. You don’t need cable to watch Showtime. You can sign up for Showtime for $11/month and watch with Chromecast and other devices. Showtime will offer both live stream and on-demand viewing options. They also offer a free trial to new members.
10 – TV Everywhere Apps
These do require a cable or streaming provider login, but many of them offer free episodes if you don’t have the ability to login. If you do login you’ll be able to watch both live stream and on-demand episodes. Some popular TV Everywhere apps offering Chromecast live TV include FX Now, Watch Food Network, Watch DIY, Watch HGTV, and Watch TNT.
Did we name your favorite Chromecast live TV app? If not, be sure to let us know what you’re watching in the comments!