The new Google Chromecast is connected to the the back of a television during an event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
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By Sam Frizell
March 17, 2015

Google’s Chromecast is a quick and cheap way to stream video on your TV from an Internet-connected device. You plug in the Chromecast dongle, and you can watch almost anything on your television that you could watch on your smartphone or laptop.

But controlling Chromecast video on the TV usually means hunting back through your laptop or smartphone to press pause, play or pick some new content.

No more: Google has released a firmware update that lets Chromecast users control their streaming with a TV remote. Apps including YouTube, Netflix, ESPN, Play Music, HBO Go, BBC iPlayer and TuneIn Radio are all supported, the Verge reports. The downside is that you can only use the play and pause buttons — also, some TVs may not be supported.

Happy watching.

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