Google started off the week with some good news for cord-cutters, announcing two new Chromecast partners and even more options for streaming movies, TV shows and music. Starting today you stream both Rdio and Crackle content directly to your TV using Googles $35 dongle.
Crackle, an on-demand streaming service from Sony’s entertainment division, offers popular TV shows and movies for free by peppering in a decent number of ads. The site also features some original content, including Jerry Seinfeld’s webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Most important, however, it’s the only place online to legally stream old episodes of Seinfeld, though you’re limited to 10 hand-picked episodes per month.
Meanwhile, Rdio offers on-demand streaming as well as online radio. The service is available for free with ads, though you can upgrade to Rdio Unlimited for just $9.99 per month to get ad-free mobile streaming. While adding support for Chromecast, the company notes it went beyond simply letting you pipe your music through your TV speakers. “Music fans can access Rdio’s massive catalog of over 20 million songs or start a station easily, all from Chromecast on their TV,” says CEO Anthony Bay.
With its $35 Chromecast, Google is poised to potentially dominate the set-top box market by offering the cheapest option available. That may change later this week if Amazon announces a streaming device of its own at an upcoming press conference focused on the company’s video business. The online retail giant already boasts a massive video library, and if it can offer that same content in a device priced competitively with Google it’s sure to attract plenty of customers. Chromecast is sure to keep adding more partners, though, so don’t worry if you already bought the device.