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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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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. – Andrey Mikhaylov - lolmaus Mar 15 at 16:22
  • Unfortunately no, I don't have experience with it myself, I just found that link from searching. – Ross Presser Mar 16 at 15:03
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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. – Davor Josipovic Mar 29 '19 at 18:50

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