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Blinkbox beams Chromecast support into iPad and Android tablets

Blinkbox has joined rivals Netflix and Google Play Movies on the Chromecast TV streaming dongle.

The Tesco-owned pay-per-view film service has upgraded its iPad and Android tablet apps with Chromecast support, with a £5 film and TV credit when you buy one of the dongles in Tesco.

Anyone with the £30 dongle plugged into their TV can send films and TV shows to their TV screen while controlling them from their tablet’s screen.

Blinkbox on Chromecast: they've got the Lego movie, too
Blinkbox on Chromecast: they’ve got the Lego movie, too

Adrian Letts, co-founder and managing director of Blinkbox Movies and TV, said: “There’s now another really easy way to enjoy the latest movies and TV shows at home on the bigger screen.

“An ordinary TV with an HDMI port can be transformed into an internet connected device, which is another great step towards getting the best entertainment into as many homes as possible.”

Chromecast launched with support from Google Play Movies and Netflix, with the BBC jumping on board when it came to the UK.

But – not surprisingly – neither Amazon Prime Instant Video nor Apple’s iTunes can be streamed through Chromecast, along with a firm no to the popular dongle from 4oD.

However, you can beam ITV Player to your TV from selected Android devices using the new Chromecast Mirroring function, as Recombu recently confirmed.

Desktop Blinkbox users can also send it to their TV screens using the Chrome browser extension, which carries both audio and video.

The Blinkbox Chromecast offer at Tesco runs until October 31.

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