July 29, 2014

Videostream now casting MKV, AVI, and MP4 files


So you’ve got a bunch of movies or music that you may or may not have legally obtained. We’ll go ahead and give you the benefit of the doubt here and assume you’ve got digital copies of stuff you’ve already purchased. Now you want to cast those files from your computer to your Chromecast-connected television. What to do? Well, you could¬†go with a number of options that allow for media servers like, for instance, Plex. Or you could opt for something much more simple, as in Videostream.

Available as a Chrome web extension, Videostream lets users cast locally stored files from their computer or laptop. Don’t want to be bothered with converting file types with Handbrake? No sweat! Just select it and play it!¬†Thanks to a recent update the app now allows for .MKV, .AVI, .MP4, and all sorts of other files. Speaking of which, the developers seem to have their foot on the gas, adding in new features and fixes all the time. Other options in Videostream include an Android remote control application, subtitles, and language localization.

If there’s one quirk with the app it’s that there’s no option to search your stored media from the remote app. But, based on what we’ve seen so far, the Videostream gang will likely add that in down the road.