Ever since the release of the Chromecast open SDK earlier this year the number of apps that work with the streaming stick has ballooned. Now Google is pushing out an update of its own, making it possible to beam private and live YouTube videos straight onto your TV.
Google updated its Chromecast support page on Monday to announce the news for private videos. Now you can keep a YouTube clip to yourself and still watch it on your TV. On Tuesday, Android Police spotted an second unannounced update adding support for live YouTube videos. For now this feature only works from your desktop Chrome browser, though we imagine it will land on Android and iOS in the near future.
The latest Chromecast updates come just days after Amazon announced Fire TV, a direct competitor to Google’s streaming stick. By beefing up what YouTube can do on Chromecast, Google is leveraging its strongest weapon in the streaming wars in a bid to keep consumers from looking elsewhere for a similar device. For diehard YouTube fans that strategy is likely to pay off.