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How to watch CBS All Access on your Google Chromecast
Madam Secretary is best enjoyed on the big screen.
Besides offering a great catalogue of TV shows, CBS All Access has another thing going for it – the platform works seamlessly on several devices, from smartphones to Android TV. Even if you don’t have a smart TV, you can use a streaming media device to cast content to your television and watch in style: Google Chromecast is one of the most accessible. The gadget basically turns your smartphone or tablet into a remote, so you can navigate the streaming app with ease.
CBS All Access is compatible with both Chromecast 2nd Generation and Ultra (enables you to watch 4K video quality streams). Not only that, but Chromecast is easy to set up and navigate, so it’s recommended even for users who aren’t particularly tech-savvy. All you need to do is connect it to your television and Wi-Fi network then you’ll be good to go. We have a quick guide to get you started.
How to set up CBS All Access on Google Chromecast
Regardless of which Chromecast model you own, you only need to follow a few steps to be up and running:
- Plug your Chromecast device into one of the HDMI ports on your TV.
- Plug your Chromecast’s power cable into a suitable power socket.
- Switch your TV to the appropriate HDMI input.
- If you haven’t already configured your Chromecast, follow the on-screen prompts to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network.
- Open up the CBS All Access app on your mobile device or the CBS All Access website in the Google Chrome web browser on your computer.
- Find the “Cast” icon and click or tap it.
- Select the name of your Google Chromecast.
- Pick a TV show or movie and hit play to stream it to your TV.
Once you’ve connected CBS All Access to your Chromecast and start streaming, your computer or mobile device will act as a remote for the video on your TV. You can pause, resume, skip and choose new content from the app or website and your TV will respond accordingly. In other words, you have access to all the options you’re used to with the benefit of a larger, sharing-friendly screen. Moreover, you can still use your device normally as it casts content in the background.
Frequently asked questions
Having trouble using Chromecast to stream CBS All Access content? Check out our FAQs below for some handy advice.
Can I cast from my laptop?
Yes, but only from the Chrome web browser. Simply pin the “Cast” button to your toolbar for easy access. Start by clicking the “Chrome Tools” menu in the top right corner of your Chrome browser window. Then, click “Cast” from the dropdown menu to pin the “Cast” icon to your toolbar. Then, start watching your favourite CBS All Access shows on the big screen.
How do I enable closed captioning on CBS All Access?
From the device you’re using to cast, touch the “Closed Captions” icon when your video is playing through Chromecast. On the web, remember to also toggle the “Closed Captions” switch to “On” from the dialog panel that opens.
I’m experiencing issues when casting. What should I do?
While the process of casting shows to your TV should go smoothly, occasional problems may arise. Here are some quick fixes:
- Disconnect both the device you’re casting from and your Chromecast device from Wi-Fi, reboot your router, then connect them again.
- Make sure your Chromecast and the device you’re casting from are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Check you have the latest version of the CBS All Access app.
How do I turn off my Chromecast?
If your Chromecast is plugged into a USB port on your TV, it’s powered by the USB port. Turning off your TV will put Chromecast into standby. If your TV is on, Chromecast remains in standby whenever the input Chromecast uses is not active. To completely turn it off, you will have to unplug it from the power socket. If you’re looking to get back to regular television, simply use your TV remote to switch from HDMI back to broadcast television.
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