Chrome’s Dev Channel Adds a Hidden “Media-Remoting” Feature for Chromecast

Chrome’s Dev Channel Adds a Hidden “Media-Remoting” Feature for Chromecast

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Millions of people use their Chromecast to watch media on their TVs, and many are doing this directly from a tab within Chrome itself. If the video service doesn’t support Chromecast directly, you can simply cast the entire tab to the TV and then play the video in full screen mode. Google realizes this isn’t the best solution due to an decrease in battery life as well as video quality. To improve this experience, the company is experimenting with a new Cast a Tab Feature.

This new feature is currently accessible in the developer channel for Chrome since it is in its early stages of development. So there is a possibility that there are some bugs laying around here or there. You will also need to dive into the chrome://flags page and then look for the #media-remoting toggle. Once found, go ahead enable it like you normally do and then restart Chrome so the changes can take effect. Then it’s time to test the feature out.

François Beaufort from the Chrome development team suggests heading over to a website like Vimeo and then finding a video to test it out on. Once you start to play the video, expand the Chrome menu and then tap on the “Cast…” option to initiate the cast to your TV. With that done, you can then put the video into full screen mode and the media remoting feature should kick in on its own. Since it detects you’re playing a video you should see the difference on your screen.

This new media remoting feature is directly forwarding the video content bitstream to whichever device the Chromecast is connected to. So instead of transferring the contents of the Chrome tab to the screen, it will know you’re wanting to only watch the video and go into effect. Mr Beaufort says this method will not only save battery life, but it will also keep the video quality intact as well.

Source: +FrancoisBeaufort