Chromecasting 1080p Netflix Video Streams from a Windows Laptop

The Chromecast app installs on Android, iOS and Windows devices, but on Windows it’s only used for initial Chromecast setup and configuration. After setting up and detecting the Chromecast, the default dialog appears as shown here:

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Clicking the Setting button opens this dialog:

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Clicking Continue redetects Chromecast(s) on the network and redisplays the initial dialog.

Your only option for casting streaming video from an Windows PC or laptop is mirroring a Chrome browser tab to the connected HDTV. My Casting MPEG-4/H.264 Video Files with Chrome from a Windows Laptop article of 7/26/2013 describes the process for local *.mp4 files. Follow these steps to stream MPEG-4/H.264 and Flash video from the Intenet:

1. Launch the Chrome browser and navigate to a streaming video source that supports Chrome, such as Netflix.com, Hulu.com or LinkTV.com.

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2. Click the >> button at the upper right of the address bar to open its menu:

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3. Click the Google Cast item to open a gallery and click the Cast This Tab button:

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4. Open a stream in full-screen mode and click the Chromecast logo on the play bar to display a Play On menu:

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6. Click the Chromecast device’s assigned name, Office for this example, to start full-screen streaming to the HDTV’s display:

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7. Control playback with the static screen in the Chrome browser tab:

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8. The HDTV displays the source stream independently of the state of the laptop displaying the static fan art and playback controls:

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Note: Video resolution is determined by the streams source. Netflix streams usually are 1080p. Unlike streaming video from the Internet from Android or iOS devices, you can’t multitask other Windows apps while Chromecasting.