Now, it’s possible to enjoy great blinkbox Movies and TV shows from your iPad, Android tablet or computer on your TV using Google Chromecast. It’s probably the easiest way to enjoy your library on your existing HD television.
What is a Chromecast?
With Chromecast, it’s really easy to enjoy movies and TV shows from blinkbox, as well as content from other places on the web, like YouTube, on your TV in up to HD. It works by streaming your movie or TV show directly from the internet and using devices you already own, like iPad and Android tablets or your Windows laptop, as a remote.
As long as your TV has a HDMI port, it can be used to watch your favourite movies and TV shows with Chromecast. Whilst casting, your iPad, Android tablet or PC acts as the remote control for playback on the TV.
Which blinkbox apps and devices support Chromecast?
Chromecast is supported by the latest versions of our iPad and Android tablet applications.
You can also setup and use Chromecast on your Windows PC with the latest Google Chrome web browser and the Google Cast plugin. You’ll need Windows 7 or higher.
You’ll also want to make sure that your TV has a HDMI port and you’ve either got a USB port on your TV or a spare power outlet nearby.
Finally, you’ll need a wireless internet connection with speeds of at least 2Mbps (or 5Mbps to watch in HD) that supports the 802.11 b/g/n standard secured by WEP, WPA or WPA2 security. If that all sounds technical – don’t worry, the vast majority of wireless routers meet these requirements, including the ones provided by TalkTalk, BT, Virgin Media, Sky, EE and PlusNet.
Where can I get a Chromecast?
Chromecast is available from many UK technology and electrical retailers for £30.
How do I setup my Chromecast?
Google have lots of information about setting up your Chromecast. This video explains how to do it using your Android tablet or iPad:
You can also get started using a setup app for Windows, or on a Chromebook. Google has all the details on how this is done at their help center.
How do I use it to cast from my PC?
To cast from your PC, you’ll need:
- The latest version of Google Chrome
- The Google Cast plugin for Chrome (it’s free)
- To be connected to the same wireless network as your Chromecast
Once you’ve got all of the above, just navigate to the blinkbox Movies website and find something you’d like to watch from your library. Press play and access the blinkbox Movies player as normal.
From within the player, press the cast button.
Then, choose your Chromecast. It’s important to use the cast button within the player, and not the one from the browser window.
Your content will now start playing on the TV – and you can use your web browser as a remote.
Once you’ve started watching, you can open another tab on your computer or use a different application – there’s no need to keep the blinkbox website front and centre.
How do I use it to cast from a tablet?
Why can't I use Chromecast offline with my downloads?
Google Chromecast works by streaming your movie from the internet, whilst using your iPad or Android tablet as a remote. It doesn’t stream directly from your device. Because of this, if your Chromecast and the device you’re using as a remote aren’t both connected to the internet with the same Wi-Fi connection, they can’t communicate with each other or our servers, so your movie can’t play.
Help! Why won’t it work?
Sorry to hear that! Why not take a look at our common issues article?