Since the google chromecast update 7 days ago my chromecast devices are semi-working within Homey again. They are listed as devices and I can stop them if they were playing.
I have several google home mini’s, it’s bigger brother and a couple of google chromecasts connected to TV’s.
What I would really want if that my alarm flow could start a radio station on the chromecast device, but I doubt this is possible as it only has “cast a youtube video, cast a video, cast a sound URL, cast a webpage” as flow options (next to play,pause,next,previous,mute and set volume).
So I figured waking up with a youtube song would at least be something and I created a flow casting a youtube video URL. But… this fails (nothing happens). After that I tried “cast a webpage” with the same youtube URL. It started playing for seconds and then the entire app seems to crash cause all chromecast devices became unresponsive for some time.
So that did not work. I thought it could be because the google mini and bigger brother were audio-only devices and could not stream video, but the chromecast connected to the TV has the exact same issue.
So the search continued and I found the “Radio” app by Bas van den Bosch. Installed it, configured a radio station stream, but don’t further understand it. I can’t add a device using the “Radio” app and I don’t see it anywhere within the “Then” section of a flow so I don’t know if this could be a solution (if it can actually also stream to chromecasts),
Next I checked IFTTT, but that does not seem to have any integration with google home devices to start playing anything.
So now I’m stuck with the worst option, my Homey is next to one of the google mini’s, so each morning Homey is using speech to say: “Ok Google, start radio 538 on bedroom speaker”. But there has to be a better alternative to that?