August 21, 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.


  1. gronealuck

    So many people encountered three issues when they cast local media to TV as listed:

    Issue 1: When send local media which are with extensions .mp4 or .webm through Chromecast to TV, it succeeded in most cases but sometimes failed. That is because MP4 and WebM, as video container, contain different video or audio codecs which Chromecast doesn’t recognize.

    Issue 2: As we all know, WebM is based on MKV format, so the two formats are similar in many ways. But a lot of people meet with difficulties: either can’t cast MKV to TV or successfully send MKV to TV but without sound or video. Though MKV has similarity with WebM, they are still not the same. When MKV contains audio codecs like DTS or AC3, you can’t send these files to TV though Chromecast or just get the video without audio.

    Issue 3: How to send Chromecast incompatible formats like AVI, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV, OGV, WTV, etc to TV?

    To solve these issues, just Google search “Chromecast Local Media MKV, AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MPG, MOV to TV from Computer and Other Devices”, and you’ll find out the solution.