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Most iPhone apps only allow you to cast a streaming video to another device via Chromecast or via AirPlay. But I would like to cast to my Windows 10 PC (for watching Hulu Live TV on a PC, as I discuss in this Superuser question).

Are there any free programs which turn your PC into either a Chromecast receiver or an AirPlay receiver?

I know of two paid programs, Reflector and AirServer, but I want a free one.

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Google Cast for Education is a free Chrome extension that turns your PC into a (limited) Chromecast.

The page says you need a G Suite for Education account, but you don't. The extension will tell you that without a GSE account, anyone (on your network I presume) will be able to cast to the device, but that's fine for a home setting.

The app won't cast everything though. I was able to cast a Chrome tab (YouTube) from my Windows PC to my Linux laptop, but I wasn't able to cast a YouTube video from Android, or Google Play Music from Android.

Your mileage may vary.

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    The Google Cast for Education receiver is not a generic Chromecast Receiver. Indeed, it only receives casts from Chrome PC browsers. Mar 29, 2019 at 18:50
  • This is no longer supported. Link is dead and the project has been discontinued.
    – MBender
    Jan 17, 2022 at 20:59
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Perhaps you could use the Styled Media Receiver that you can download from the Cast Application Framework once you register a new application.

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  • Any guide on setting it up? I was able to create an publish an SMR, and I have no idea what to do next. Mar 15, 2020 at 16:22
  • Unfortunately no, I don't have experience with it myself, I just found that link from searching. Mar 16, 2020 at 15:03
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    This is not relevant. The Styled Media Receiver is what runs on the actual Chromecast device itself. It doesn't work without the hardware.
    – Brad
    Oct 17, 2020 at 22:21

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