A recently developed website makes it easy to stream any media to your Chromecasts and Android TVs, as long as you have the URL.
Got a new Chromecast or Android TV for Christmas? You’ll want to try it out with all kinds of videos and music. However, the media you want to play may not support casting. The app may not have the entire casting library embedded inside, causing you to look for workarounds. Screen-casting is hacky and often not as good quality as you would like.
To solve this problem, Redditor anacrolix created chromecast.link. It’s easy to set-up. Just select a cast target, supply a content URL, and start playing. When playback begins, you can see playback progress and control it. There is also a way to cast subtitles.
I made this page because I was annoyed at how invasive Chromecast support can be.
The site also makes it easy to preload these data fields by passing information through HTTP GET parameters. Anacrolix doesn’t store any information about the media played, allowing you to play in peace and privacy.
Casting does require you to know the URL to the content, whether that is a stream file or video file, making it hard to integrate with cloud services. However, this can be a really useful asset for users in some scenarios. If you want to cast some media and the service doesn’t support it natively, try out chromecast.link.