Google’s Chromecast is the perfect gadget to have if you’re looking for the simplest way to stream movies, TV shows, YouTube (and other web videos), and music from your mobile device to a TV. Just plug the Chromecast into one of your TV’s HDMI inputs, download the official app, and start streaming.
Whether you’re new to the Chromecast party, or the device is a permanent part of how you watch content, you should have this collection of apps in your library. You can find even more by searching the Google Play store for titles that support “Google Cast” (the official name of Google’s streaming technology). Today I will attempt to explain 2 of the easiest and quickest ways that will help you to stream your .mkv video files you already own or are obligated to download. Make sure you already have Chromecast extension installed and enabled in your Chrome browser, for help with this read our other article titled “Adding Extension To Chrome”. From there all we need to accomplish is to make the MKV videos stream from within the Chrome browser itself. Once we do, we can then simply click the Chromecast extension icon and cast it onto your TV.
First Always Try Renaming The File With .MP4
Well, yes, it’s just that simple, at least on my computer. It depends on the TV and a few other factors that vary so this may or may not work for you however renaming a .MKV file to a .MP4 seems to trick Chrome at times into treating an MKV file as if it were a normal MP4 file so it plays smoothly without any trouble, if your lucky!
Second, Install KLM Codec Pack
If renaming doesn’t work, you will need a proper media player plug-in installed and enabled. I tried DivX Plugin, but that doesn’t seem to be a good approach. The famous KLM Media Pack with basic media player happens to be a much better and plays every audio and video file known to man lol. Once installed any of your media players will now be able to play this .mkv file extension. If you already have Chrome browser installed you may also try installing VLC Media Player plugin for Chrome browser. You can go to chrome://plugins/ to double-check and change the settings such as Always allowed. Remember the goal is to get the video to work within Chrome Browser, once this has been accomplished Chromcast will stream this with no issue.
If all else fails search the Google Chrome Store For Plugins for your browser specifically geared for “Codec Packs” for browsers. This will most likely always fix the problem and I found way to many to list here when I did that search. Happy Streaming!
Apps To Make Sure To Add To Chromecast
Disney Movies Anywhere: If your children haven’t annoyed you enough with repeated viewings of Frozen, then Disney Movies Anywhere may help you find something else for them to watch from Mickey’s massive catalog. Sign up for a free account and you can stream any Disney movies you’ve purchased through iTunes, Google Play, or DVDs and Blu-ray discs that include a digital-download code. It’s great for a trip because you can just grab your tablet or smartphone and a Chromecast instead of stuffing a bag full of DVDs.
This one’s for the cord cutters. Pluto TV is essentially a free TV service. While it doesn’t come with support from any of the major network channels, it does have some surprisingly good content, including CBS News, the Associated Press, and many different music video and comedy channel offerings. When you sign up, let the app know what types of video you’re interested in, and Pluto will build a custom guide tailored to your interests.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music may not be as popular as Spotify or Pandora, but it works extremely well with Chromecast. Cast the music from your account to the TV, or use your All Access paid subscription to listen to anything in Google’s catalog. This is a great service for gatherings where you want to control the playlist, as all you need is your phone to cycle through the tracks. It’s even better with YouTube Music Key, as it alerts you to any music videos associated with the song you’re listening to.
Vevo has become the king of music videos, with most top artists hosting their new recordings on the site. Search for your favorite artist or browse through the suggestions, which typically highlight what’s popular. You get more options, such as bundling your preferred musicians or genres, if you sign up for an account.