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Google Chromecast streaming quality for unsupported video services to soon get better

Earlier, videos cast from unsupported services via Chrome browser appeared in low quality.

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Google’s Chromecast, Wi-Fi-based streaming dongle, has been the go-to device for screen mirroring. While a lot of Android smartphones now come with the built-in Cast support, the device works fine with compatible apps like Netflix or Hotstar. However, it struggles with the ones that aren’t compatible, for an example Amazon Prime Video. Currently, these problems range from inconsistent frame rates, poor video quality and lag in general. But soon, this will change.

Google’s Francois Beaufort has revealed a new experiment which is aimed at improving the quality of videos being mirrored through Chrome browser. Google will also focus on optimizing battery performance as well.

In a Google+ post, Francois says the new feature has been added to the Dev Channel of the Google Chrome browser. “The chrome team is experimenting in Dev Channel with improving the “Cast a tab” experience by forwarding directly the video content bitstream to the Chromecast device when a video is fullscreened. This “simple” feature allows to save battery and keep video quality intact,” he wrote.

It is worth noting that the Dev Channel is one of Google Chrome’s four channels through which a user can keep abreast of the new features. The other three channels include Stable which most Chrome browsers run on, Beta and Canary. One can download or switch to Dev channel by going to the Chrome Release Channels page on the Chromium project site. ALSO READ: Google Chromecast Audio, new Chromecast: Hands-on and first impressions

He has further explained the process which is going to chrome://flags/#media-remoting, after which one should enable the highlighted flag and restart Chrome. After doing so, one can give it a try by opening Vimeo website and clicking on a random video and cast it to experience the new and improved quality. ALSO READ: Google Chromecast Ultra 4K video streaming dongle launched, priced at $69

Initially, what would happen is that trying to cast content from unsupported video services like for example Amazon Prime Video, the video quality would be poor since it traveled through a process. Your computer or laptop would first download the video stream to the device, cast the tab to your TV which produces the second stream as a result. With the new feature, the original video quality would be cast directly. This feature is currently in the experimental stage and will hopefully be rolled out as an official update soon.

  • Published Date: April 27, 2017 11:43 AM IST