Google’s newest Chromecast gets an Apple TV app

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Google Chromecast and Apple TV may see like an odd combination. But they do mix.
Chromecast with Google TV is getting a version of the Apple TV app.
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Users of the Chromecast with Google TV will soon be able to install the Apple TV app. That’ll bring access to Apple’s streaming video service, along with series like Ted Lasso and movies like Wolfwalkers.

This is part of Apple’s efforts to get its video app on as many platforms as possible. Going beyond iPhone Mac, the video software is already on multiple smart TVs, game consoles and more.

And it’s coming to one more. Google announced on Wednesday, “We’ll be bringing more of your favorite entertainment into one place with the launch of the Apple TV app on the all-new Chromecast with Google TV.”

A new type of Chromecast

Previous streaming devices from Google acted as simple receivers. The user would send video from their smartphone, tablet or laptop to be played. But Chromecast with Google TV ($49.99) is different. It’s a stand-alone device with its own user interface. It even comes with a remote and can run applications. That includes the Apple TV app.

But the software isn’t available until 2021. “We will roll out the Apple TV app on Chromecast with Google TV early next year,” promised Google.

Apple TV+ benefits

The Apple TV app lets users access their library of movie and TV shows purchased from Apple. And it offers personalized and curated recommendations of shows from a variety of sources.

The app is also necessary to access the streaming video service Apple TV+. This costs $4.99 a month, and includes over 50 series and films, either available now or coming soon. There are thrillers, crime dramas, comedies and documentaries ready to be watched.