Google Cast-enabled site vs. casting a tab

Some websites are Google Cast-enabled to deliver the best possible entertainment experience. Currently, YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and more are Google Cast-enabled and we're adding new ones all the time!

How will you know if a website is Google Cast-enabled?
You'll see the Inactive cast extension Cast icon on the website within the video player. For sites that are not Google Cast-enabled, you can use the Cast extension to view the content using your Chromecast.
Google Cast-enabled benefits

On sites that are Google Cast-enabled, there are numerous benefits to using controls provided by the site instead of just casting the tab for that site. These include:

  • Higher quality: Google Cast-enabled sites can serve high quality content that is best for viewing on TV. This will often means you'll get a full 1080p high definition picture; for some content you may also get 5.1 surround sound (if supported by your TV or receiver). When Casting a tab, you are limited to a maximum of 720p (if supported by your computer).
  • Battery life and computer load: Google Cast-enabled sites play directly on Chromecast, and put no load on your computer. Casting a tab requires a lot of your computer's power, which is why it's not supported on all computers.
  • Plays independently: When you play from a Google Cast-enabled site, you can shut down your computer or close the lid. With tab projection, you need to keep your computer on throughout the cast.

Google Cast-enabled sites will generally try to automatically switch from casting a tab to an optimized mode of operation if you are already casting a tab when you visit the site.

Casting a tab is still very useful for sites that aren't Google Cast-enabled, but whenever you see the Cast icon in the video player of a site, that should be your first choice!

Elise is a Chromecast expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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