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The apps, both of which require authentication through a cable subscription, join those for HBO, Netflix and Hulu Plus on the $35 dongle, which plugs into an HDTV to allow for streaming.
Chromecast has also added family-friend games such as Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads and Simon Swipe, which can be played across mobile platforms. In addition, Chromecast has added Just Dance Now, a smart phone app from Ubisoft; trivia game Big Web Quiz and movie guessing game Emoji Party.
Chromcast was first released in July 2013 as Google’s response to the Apple TV and Roku. The tech giant has since unveiled the Nexus Player, a $99 set-top box that runs on the Android TV software and comes equipped for gameplay. A gaming controller is sold separately.
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