Sunday, April 13, 2014

HOWTO: Stream Twitch.tv to Chromecast

I recently picked up a Chromecast and one of the things I was looking for was to stream Twitch.tv from my laptop to my TV using the device. Thankfully setting this setup is fairly simple thanks to the aide of the TCast Chrome plugin.

Step 0 - Install Chrome/Chromium

Streaming to the Chromecast from your PC currently requires a Chrome based browser. Install either Google Chrome or Chromium.

Step 1 - Install Google Cast and TCast Extensions

Select each of the addon links below and add them to your browser:

Step 2 - Enable Streaming from your Channel of Choice

Open the twitch.tv stream URL you want to cast to your Chromecast. Play your stream and then click the Chromecast button underneath the video player. You will then see the following appear over your stream:


Next, click the Chromecast icon in the upper right hand corner of your browser and select the Chromecast device you want to stream to:


Your Chromecast should then take a minute to load up the stream and then it should soon be playing! In your browser page you will then see the following screen from which you can adjust the stream quality and play/pause the stream:


And you are all set - enjoy streaming twitch on your Chromecast device! Have any questions or issues please feel free to leave a comment below and I'll do my best to help.

I've only tested the above instructions on my Linux based PC, but these extensions should work on any platform that supports Chrome/Chromium.

Cheers,
~Jeff Hoogland

8 comments:

  1. I have no problems casting twitch.tv just using Chrome's tab casting on Win 7 or Win 8.1

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    1. Doing this is far more resource intensive than using TCast. TCast simply Q's the video stream directly to the Chromecast similar to how Netflix works instead of streaming directly from your PC.

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  2. Thanks mate. All of the other methods seem to have stopped working last week. This one is actually better than what I was using before though (TwitchCast)

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    1. Hey, it works really good. I only have one thing: The image on my TV is a little bit to big, so you can't see the outer side of the screen. For example on streaming LoL, You can't see the score in the upper right corner or see the full images from the team on the middle left. I don't know what causes it and it's not a huge problem but it is annoying. For the rest, thanks! :)

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  3. Oops, my comment whent below the comment of April 17, 2014 at 7:04 PM. Was not my intention

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    1. Found solution for not seeing the edges of my screen on TV while casting. Was an setting off my own TV.

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  4. Are you guys able to stream in high or source quality. For me it freezes for couple seconds every 5 minutes and then freezes completely. But works fine on medium:(

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