Sundar Pichai, Google’s SVP of Products, revealed during the I/O 2015 keynote that the company’s $35 Chromecast media streamer has seen over 17 million sales around the world. It might not be the most popular media streamer out there (Apple TV has over 25 million sales), but for a product that hasn’t even seen its second-generation and still rolling out to new markets, these are some pretty impressive sales numbers.
Pichai also noted that the consumers have used the cast button to stream content over 1.5 billion times and there are over 20,000 cast-enabled apps in Google Play right now. None of these numbers will stop growing anytime soon as more and more consumers buy Chromecast and app developers continue integrate the support in the media applications. One of such developers is HBO, which is all set to launch the Android app of its HBO Now streaming service in Google Play soon and the app will pack the Google Cast support. So, you can get ready to stream Game of Thrones or True Detective to your HDTV.
Neither HBO nor Google has given a fixed date for HBO Now Android app release, but it is expected to arrive around the June 21 debut of the True Detective second season.
“We’re looking forward to expanding our relationship with Google through HBO NOW. We have seen through social media that there is great demand for the service among Android and Chromecast users and we’re excited to deliver HBO NOW to them,” said Bernadette Aulestia, Executive Vice President, Domestic Network Distribution, HBO.
HBO has also noted that it will also bring HBO NOW and HBO GO to Android TV soon.