MultiChoice has announced that DStv Now will benefit from Google Chromecast support while Apple AirPlay support will arrive in the near future.
If you use DStv Now and pine for a method to cast content from your phone or tablet to your television, you’re in luck – MultiChoice has confirmed to TechCentral that Google’s Chromecast is now supported on the service.
The news comes amidst a major expansion of the service, which DStv Digital Media head Graeme Cumming confirmed will soon be available to subscribers of Extra and Compact bouquets. Previously, the feature was limited to subscribers of the platform’s Premium bouquet.
In a statement, Cumming cited that “The option to share content from mobile devices to TVs is something our customers have been asking for, for a while…These features will become available to DStv Compact and Extra customers at no extra cost during the first quarter of our new financial year.”
Support for Google Chromecast will allow users to cast DStv Now content to their television, while AirPlay support – which will arrive on the platform at a later stage – will enable owners of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to stream content from one device to another.
MultiChoice cited to TechCentral that its Now service had grown by 90% in the past 12 month period, and revealed a close split wherein over four million titles were digested across DStv’s online platform (38%), Android (33%), and iOS (30%).
Unsurprisingly, Cumming revealed that usage of DStv Now reached its zenith in 2016 during the broadcast of sporting events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, Super Rugby, and the Olympics.
Support for both Google’s Chromecast and Apple Airplay will likely be an enticing feature in the months to come, as Google recently expanded its Chromecast range while Apple has bullishly pushed its own content agenda through both Apple Music and Apple TV.
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