Google Chromecast support hits a bunch of apps, including Plex

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Good news for owners of Google's $35 Chromecast streaming dongle: the company announced that ten more third-party apps were adding Chromecast support.

The Chromecast, if you're unfamiliar, is a small device the plugs into an HDMI port on your TV. You control it via smartphone, tablet, or a PC; supported apps on your mobile device will allow you to push media from that device to your TV via the Chromecast (you can read my hands-on piece from last July for more details).

Chromecast already had support for YouTube, Google Music, Google Play TV & Movies, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go and Pandora. The new batch of apps (some are already available, others are expected in the next few days) include VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, PostTV, Viki, Revision 3 and BeyondPod.

If none of those have content you enjoy, how about streaming your own content to the TV? Google announced Chromecast support for RealPlayer Cloud, Avia, and (drumroll please) Plex! The Plex folks have a blog post up about Chromecast support. It's rolling out first to PlexPass users, then later to everyone else.

If you're an Aereo customer and have a Chromecast, you'll be happy to know Aereo support is coming to Chromecast, according to CNet. Currently getting Aereo onto your TV without using a PC is only possible via the Roku or Apple TV (using Airplay from another iOS device), so this is a big addition for the fledgling TV service.

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