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Google Fiber TV Boxes To Turn Into Chromecasts: Here's The Deal

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Google is sending out an update that'll give Fiber TV boxes Cast support "over the coming weeks," basically turning them into Chromecasts.

As everyone may have figured out by now, users no longer need the ubiquitous dongle to stream content from their mobile devices to a TV fitted with the set-top box.

"From channel surfing to streaming, there are more ways than ever to find and enjoy the entertainment you love. We want to help you access all of your favorite shows, movies, music, and more. So starting today, we'll be adding Google Cast — the same technology behind Chromecast — right into your Fiber TV Box," Jared Nusinoff, product manager at Google Fiber, says.

As a little refresher of what Cast can bring to the table, it grants users access to more than 200,000 movies and TV shows through apps such as HBO Now, Netflix, YouTube and many others and 30 million songs via services such as Google Play Music, Pandora and Spotify, to name a few.

Of course, they can view pictures via Google Photos, listen to the radio, play games and anything else along those lines. Essentially, the package deal will make any "dumb" TV smart.

To keep the good news going, Google says it's easy to set things up: Just connect a laptop or mobile device to the Fiber Wi-Fi and tap on the Cast button found in the apps — yep, it's the same as how things work on Chromecasts.

As mentioned earlier, the update is going to arrive in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

This goes without saying, but Fiber is only currently available in select areas, including Austin, Provo, Kansas City, Nashville and Atlanta. However, it should be pointed out that San Francisco, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Huntsville, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham are next in line.

What do you think of Cast capabilities rolling out to Fiber TV boxes? Let us know in the comments section below.

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