Google Working To Improve Video Stream Quality From Browser To Chromecast

26 April 2017, 12:23 pm EDT By Steve Bowman Tech Times
Google's developer Chrome version enabled users to view good quality videos using the ‘Cast a tab’ option. The update resolved bad quality video issues, when casted from services without native Chromecast support.  ( Google )

The Google Chrome team is working toward improving the quality of the video when casted from the browser's tab to the Chromecast. The first Chromecast device was launched in 2013 and Google's latest streaming gadget — Chromecast Ultra — was unveiled in October 2016.

Chromecasts were designed and developed to stream videos or audio from mobiles, laptops, and PCs to TVs and home-audio systems. However, to view and listen to high quality content that is streamed through Chromecast, the web apps must support Google's cast technology.

Chromecast Non-Native Support App Video Quality Issues

Currently, a user has to send a whole tab of the Chrome browser to the Chromecast (or other devices that support the device) to stream video to TV from sources that do not offer native support for the video streaming device.

Services such as Amazon Video come without native support for Google Chromecast. Streaming the service's videos on their TV via the device is one of the last resorts for a user to view the content.

Tab casting through Google Chromecast for services without native support provides the users with bad quality video on the TV screen. Apart from this, the video often lags and drops frames when casted through the Chromecast onto the TV screens.

Due to these issues in quality, individuals seldom deploy "Cast a tab" option to stream videos on TV. However, Google's latest developer version for Chrome has come with a solution to this problem.

Cast A Tab Improvements

In a Google+ post, François Beaufort from the Google Chrome team outlines the new approach pertaining to the "Cast a tab" experience with Chromecast. For the time being, the latest update is restricted to the developer version of the Chrome. The update comes with features that not only save battery, but also preserve the video quality when a user deploys the "Cast a tab" option.

"The chrome team is experimenting in Dev Channel with improving the "Cast a tab" experience by forwarding directly the video content bitstream to the Chromecast device when a video is fullscreened. This "simple" feature allows to save battery and keep video quality intact," Beaufort revealed in the Google+ post.

Therefore, if a user opts to see a video in the full-screen mode while casting, the software transmits the bitstream of the casted video directly to the Chromecast and then to the TV. This way, the video quality remains intact and the user doesn't get stuttering and unclear videos.

How To Use Cast A Tab

The team shared that users can put this method to use, but it will involve tweaking the Chrome browser slightly. However, if this is not a deterrent then one can follow the steps given below to cast good quality videos to their TV.

Step 1: Get a Chromecast device.

Step 2: Go to chrome://flags/#media-remoting.

Step 3: Once you reach the address, enable the highlighted flag and restart the Chrome browser.

Step 4: Go to and play any video. Click on "Cast....." from the Chrome menu and put the video on full screen and enjoy.

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