Sports fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to Chromecast. If you want all of the Premier League games without a TV subscription, you can make that happen.
If you want Formula 1 races, MotoGP, UFC fights, kickboxing, surfing, extreme sports, you can cast all that and more from your iOS or Android device.
Here’s our round up of the only sports-based Chromecast apps worth your attention.
The BBC Sport mobile apps are fully Chromecast-compatible, so you can cast live feeds and on-demand video clips to your TV, if for whatever reason you can’t get the TV channels, red button’s not working or BBC iPlayer doesn’t have it yet.
Speaking of which, it’s worth pointing out that BBC iPlayer for iOS and Android works with Chromecast too. So whenever there’s some Wimbledon, World Cup, Olympic or Commonwealth Games action on the BBC’s main channels, open up iPlayer, hit the Google Cast icon and you’re good to go.
Now TV + Sky Sports Pass
Don’t forget to check out our Chromecast Mirroring Tips & Tricks and Best Chromecast Apps featuresNow TV is a live and on-demand streaming service run by Sky for folks who can’t get (or don’t want) a dish installed at home or for whatever reason plain don’t want regular Sky TV.
This means you can get the premium Sky TV channels, like Sky Movies, Sky 1, Sky Atlantic – and Sky Sports – for less.
Right now, a Now TV Sky Sports pass will currently set you back either £6.99/day or £10.99/week.
The daily pass might not seem like a great deal, but if you just want to watch a couple of key Premier League or SPFL games a month or tune in for the British Grand Prix, it’s not a bad idea.
A Sky Sports Pass on Now TV will give you access to Sky Sports 1-5 and Sky Sports F1, in other words, the meat of the Sky Sports subscription service.
Note that if you want access to all of the English Premier League games, then you’ll need to look elsewhere too, because Sky doesn’t have them all…
If you get your broadband from BT or you’re a Sky TV customer and you’ve got BT Sport, you can access the BT Sport apps and cast live football, MotoGP, Supercars, UFC and more.
Between them, Sky and BT have all of the English Premier League games for the next three seasons.
Unlike Now TV, you can’t pay for BT Sport as and when you want it – it’s either included free with a BT Broadband subscription, or, if you’ve got Sky TV, you can pay from £12/month for the TV channels. Logging in to the mobile app with your BT ID will see you able to access live streams on the go.
Virgin Media customers with the BT Sport channels can watch content through the TV Anywhere iOS and Android apps, but currently there’s no way to cast this to TV screens.
Red Bull TV
The Red Bull TV apps don’t give you wings, but they will give you access to some of the most extreme of extreme sports out there.
BMXing, mountain biking, skiing, surfing, snowboarding, MotoGP, free running plus signature events like Red Bull’s Air Races and X-Fighters can all be found here.
Pluto TV channels 300-399
Pluto.TV is kind of like Chromecast’s very own Freeview – it’s a mini EPG that you can access from your phone and cast to your TV.
While there’s hundreds of channels, including one entirely devoted to cat videos, there’s also currently ten sports feeds.
Like Red Bull TV, these are mainly focussed on extreme sports, skating, surfing and snowboarding, but if you like watching people beat the crap out of each other, there’s also some UFC action on Fight (channel 306), kickboxing on the, er, Kickboxing channel (308) plus the self-explanatory Hockey Fights (channel 308).
Or just watch the cat videos. They’re on channel 406.
Reuters Sports Reel
While this doesn’t give you access to live feeds, the Reuters Sports Pass app lets you browse through the news agency’s photo reels on your phone or tablet – or cast them to your TV if you wish.
Shots from Formula 1, Tour de France, Formula 1, US Open tennis plus English Premier League football sit side by side with NFL football, baseball and others.
The app is free and doesn’t require a subscription to use.