Lightbox adds Chromecast, Panasonic Smart TVs to line-up

Watching online TV has just become easier with Lightbox now adding Google’s popular Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line up.

The Chromecast streaming media player enables Lightbox subscribers to view content on any modern TV screen with an HDMI port wirelessly. Lightbox is now also available on selected Panasonic VIERA Smart TVs (2014 and 2015 models).

Chromecast is a small device that plugs in to the HDMI input on your TV and uses your home Wi-Fi network to stream video content. Using the Lightbox app on an Android phone or tablet or Lightbox’s iOS app for iPhone or iPad, users can cast Lightbox shows direct to the big screen.

“We’ve streamed the equivalent of 7.4 million hours of TV since launching. It’s clear our viewing habits are changing, as many New Zealanders are now watching their TV via the internet,” said Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock.

“We know our customers love watching Lightbox on the big screen. We’ve seen big-screen viewing increase by more than 400% since we launched our first Smart TV app last November.

“Adding Chromecast and Panasonic means we can put Lightbox into the homes and onto the big screens of even more TV lovers, and it’s perfectly timed to provide great TV options during the cold winter months ahead.”

Chromecast and Panasonic are the latest to join a raft of devices that Lightbox is available on. These include Samsung Smart TVs, desktop PCs, laptops, Android tablets and phones, iPads and iphones and via Apple TV with Airplay plus PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 consoles.

The streaming video service is playing catch-up with Netflix, which is the market leader in device support, including Xbox, all major brands of Smart TV and a native app on the invitation-only Apple TV. Quickflix is a close second, with Lightbox gaining ground in third. Sky TV’s Neon currently has the most limited device support.

Users can sign up for a free 30-day trial with Lightbox. A standard subscription is priced at $12.99 a month.

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