As part of the redesigned Chromecast app, Google detailed a great new feature known as “Fast Play.” It’s exactly as the name implies.
With Fast Play, Google says services that support the feature will load its content before you even ask for it. So before you even begin playing content, a service like Netflix will download the show or movie you might want so that playback is quicker. Google demonstrated how this works onstage and Fast Play was indeed much quicker to load than a device without the feature.
Of course, this was just a canned stage demonstration, so we don’t know how much of a difference this will make during day-to-day use. But streaming is becoming an increasingly big part of our living room, and anytime a company can make the experience smoother, we’re all for it. Google said the pre-fetch feature will begin rolling out to other streaming services next year.