Play TV shows & movies using Google Home and Chromecast

Play and control TV shows and movies on any TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice. 

Currently, you can only use these partners to play shows and movies on TVs using Google Home. However, you can play YouTube videos on TVs using Google Home. 

Voice-supported partners

Note: Some of these partners may be unavailable in your region. Contact the partner to check their availability where you live. 

Partner Supported content Partner app linking required
Here's how.
Netflix TV shows, movies Yes
CW [CWTV] TV shows, movies No
CBS [CBS All Access] TV shows Yes

HBO NOW

TV shows, movies Yes
YouTube TV Live TV channels, TV shows, movies, sports No
Viki TV shows, movies Yes
Crackle TV shows, movies No. You can enjoy free content without signing in
Red Bull ​TV shows, movies No
STARZ TV shows, movies

Yes

Note: Voice casting using Google Home is currently only supported for STARZ direct users. Cable login isn't supported. 

Google Play Movies & TV TV shows, movies

No, content from Google Play Movies & TV  is automatically available when you set up Google Home. 

Step 1. Link TVs using the Google Home app

The following Cast devices can play TV shows and movies using voice commands with Google Home:

  1. Chromecast
  2. TVs with Chromecast built-in.
  3. Android TV
    Note: You will need to set up Google Assistant on your Android TV

Important: Some Smart TVs may appear to support Cast technology (because the functionality is similar to casting) but they don’t actually support Cast technology. Here are the Smart TVs that support Cast technology.   

Link TVs to Google Home
  1. Make sure your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in is set up and on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  2. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home device.
  3. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  4. Tap AddAdd  Set up device  under Works with Google, tap Have something already set up? 

  5. Tap your device maker’s app and follow the steps.

Note: If you receive an "Error when linking device" error message, you must factory reset your Chromecast device.

​Unlink a device

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your speaker or display.

  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.

  3. Tap the device you want to unlink  SettingsSettings icon.

  4. Scroll down and tap Remove device  Remove .
Voice-supported Cast devices for TV shows and movies

The following Cast devices can play TV shows and movies using Google Home,

  1. Chromecast
  2. TVs with Chromecast built-in. 

Android TV is not currently supported but will be supported soon. 


Important: Some Smart TVs may appear to support Cast technology (because the functionality is similar to casting) but they don’t actually support Cast technology. Here are the Smart TVs that support Cast technology.   

Step 2. Link video apps to your Google Account 

This step isn't required to watch content from Google Play Movies & TV on the linked account that had been used to set up your Google Home device. Link video apps 
Some video apps require you to link the app account to your Google Account:
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your speaker or display.
  5. Tap SettingsSettings icon or More settings.

  6. Tap Services tab Videos & Photos.

     

  7. If the app requires linking, tap LINK   LINK ACCOUNT.
  8. Complete the sign in steps. 
    1. Note: For Netflix, if you have a personal profile on a Netflix account, you can link your personal profile and set up Voice Match to play content where you left off.
Unlink video apps 
To unlink video apps:
  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. At the top right, tap your account.
  3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
  4. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as Google Home.
  5. Tap SettingsSettings icon or More settings  Services​  Videos & Photos.
  6. Under "Videos," scroll to find the video app.
  7. Tap UNLINK  UNLINK ACCOUNT to confirm you want to unlink the video app account from your Google Account. You will no longer be able to use voice commands to play the video app's media on Google Home. 

Step 3. Control your Android TV, TV shows, and movies using voice commands

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on Google Home to play TV shows and movies.

Chromecast

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or Hey Google," then..
Open an app "Open YouTube on the TV" or "Start Netflix on the TV"

Play TV series, TV show, or movie
 

Note: For TV series, each session usually starts where the previous session ended. For The CW, each session starts from the latest aired episode.

Requesting specific episodes / seasons of a TV series is not currently supported. 

“Watch <Orange is the New Black> <on TV>" or “Watch <Orange is the New Black> <from [partner]> <on TV>"

"Watch <Stranger Things> <on Chromecast>" or "Watch <Stranger Things> <on [partner]> <on Chromecast>" 

"Play <The Crown> <on TV>" or "Play <The Crown> <on [partner]> <on TV>" 

Play next episode / previous episode

Note: This functionality is not supported for CW [CWTV]. Crackle supports "Next episode" but not "previous episode."

“Next episode <on TV>"
“Previous episode <on TV>”
Pause/resume/stop “Pause <on TV>”
“Resume <on TV>”
“Stop <on TV>”

Skip back 

“Skip back <time> <on TV>," “Rewind <time> <on TV>,"  “Jump back <time> <on TV>”

Turn on subtitles/captions

Turn off subtitles/captions

"Turn on subtitles," "Turn on captions," "Subtitles on," "Captions on"

"Turn off subtitles," "Turn off captions," "Subtitles off," "Captions off"

Turn on <language> subtitles

Note: Supported languages depend on the content service (example: YouTube or Netflix) and the video title.

"Turn on Spanish subtitles" 

Turn on dubbing

Note: Dubbing switches the spoken language to a language of your choice. 

Note: Dubbing is not supported for Google Play Movies, CW [CWTV], CBS [CBS All Access], HBO NOW, Viki, Crackle, or STARZ.

"Dubbing on"

"Turn on dubbing"

"Can you turn on dubbing?"

Change dubbing to a language of your choice

"Change language to <German>"

"Switch language to <Spanish>"

"Turn on <French> dubbing"

"Play it in <English>"

Android TV

To do this: Say "OK Google" or "Hey Google," then.. 

Turn on / off

"Turn on TV"

"Turn off TV"

Open an app "Open <YouTube> on TV"
Play Netflix "Play <Stranger Things> on TV"

Control media

Note: Next / Previous / Seek commands are only supported
for cast-enabled apps.

"Play <on TV>"
"Pause <on TV>"
"Resume <on TV>"
"Stop <on TV"

"Next episode <on TV>"
"Previous episode <on TV>"
"Seek forward 30 seconds <on TV>”

If you only have one linked voice-supported Cast device, you don't have to say its name in your command. Instead, you can say "Ok Google, ...<on TV>" or "Ok Google, ...<on Chromecast>."

Tips and tricks to play content on your TV

Google Play Movies & TV content that you can control with your voice 

  • Purchased or rental movies
  • Purchased TV episodes and seasons
  • Content shared through Family Sharing
Simple ways to control media using your voice
When you start playing a TV show or movie using your voice, like "Ok, Google. Watch Orange is the New Black on TV," all of your next control commands (pause, next, etc.) will control that TV. You won't need to continue specifying the TV after the viewing session begins. 
Use your voice to control media you casted from your phone or tablet
 If you started playing a TV show or movie on TV by casting from your phone or tablet, you’ll need to first add <on TV> and after doing that once, you won’t need to say <on TV> again. 
Control your TV when media is playing on Google Home
When media is playing on Google Home at the same time as your remote device, all control commands will control Google Home, not your remote devices. To control your remote device,  you have to always say "Ok Google, .... <on device>."

If you stop playing content on Google Home by saying "Ok Google, stop," and you want to start controlling the remote device that is currently playing, you must first add <on device> to the next command you make to this remote device. Ex. "Ok Google, next video <on TV>.

Other ways to control TV shows and movies

From the Google Home app 
  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your remote device.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. From Home, tap the device you want to control.
  4. You can pause, resume, stop, and control the remote device from this device page. 

Fix problems

Need help? Try these troubleshooting steps
  1. Make sure you've correctly linked your devices, including:
    1. Make sure the Cast device is voice-supported and running Cast version 1.21+.
    2. Make you sure you linked the devices via the Google Home app
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. At the top right, tap your account.
      3. Verify that the Google Account that is listed is the one linked to Google Home. To switch accounts, click the triangle to the right of the account name.
      4. Tap SettingsSettings icon or More settings   Assistant  check under Assistant devices for a list of all your linked devices.
    3. Make sure you named the devices using a name that is 1) clear and easy to pronounce and 2) not similar to the name you gave your Google Home device.
  2. Naming Google Home and Chromecast/Chromecast built-in devices

    To ensure proper playback on your TV, follow these tips when naming your devices:

    1. Give Google Home and Chromecast/Chromecast built-in devices different names and avoid using the same words in the names. This helps Google Home correctly understand your command and play content on the right device.
      1. ​Good:
        • Naming Google Home "Living Room" 
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Family TV"
      2. OK:
        • Naming Google Home "Living Room Home"
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Living Room Tv"
    2. Make sure the name is easily pronounceable.
    3. Avoid using emoji or special characters.
    4. To change the name of your devices,
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. Tap your device  SettingsSettings icon  Name.
  3. Make sure you've linked your media provider account.
  4. Make sure you're not trying to play content on Android TV. This is not supported yet. 
  5. Try adding the specific service provider to the request. Example: “Play <The Crown> <from Netflix> <on TV>."
  6. If you hear an error message like, "I can only play videos on devices using Chromecast, or on cast-enabled TVs," try renaming your devices. 

 

Related Links

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