Amazon Prime Instant is coming to Chromecast at last, thanks to two third-party developers: Amazon’s video streaming service doesn’t officially support Chromecast, but two German developers just released Primecast, a new Android app that promises to bring Prime Instant to Chromecast for a one-time fee of $2.99. It’s probably a good thing that the app is not more expensive: The duo argues that Primecast isn’t violating Amazon’s Terms of Service, but there is always a chance that Amazon could disagree.
Roku users just got another way to rent and buy movies and TV shows — but this one is worth mentioning regardless: Owners of current-generation Roku players now have access to a Google Play Movies and TV Shows channel on their devices, which means that they’ll also have access to any of the movies or shows they have previously bought from Google on their Android devices. The Google Play Movies channel also comes with info overlays that identify the actors on screen. Support for Roku TVs will follow soon, according to Roku’s press release.
Next up to jump on the unbundling bandwagon may be Starz: The premium cable channel is planning to launch an online-only subscription service in international markets over the coming months, and Starz CEO Chris Albrecht suggested during the company’s earnings call Thursday that it will likely do the same in the U.S. “I don’t think it cannibalizes the existing business. It is a way to innovate and create real value,” he said, according to Variety. Albrecht’s remarks come after HBO, CBS and Univision all announced their own unbundling plans.