Fixing Videostream for Chromecast Hang and Stop Working Problem


Videostream for Chromecast is a Chrome app that lets you stream videos from your local computer to any Chromecast available on your network. It works flawlessly for as long as I can remember until recently where the screen just hung there after I selected the video file to stream and didn’t go anywhere.

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Reinstalling Videostream didn’t help, nor resetting the Firewall settings. I used VLC’s Chromecast support for a few times but it doesn’t always work as smoothly as Videostream. So, I did some research and found the cause and fix eventually, thanks to this Reddit post.

Basically what happened is that Google has mode some updates on the UI of the casting function in recent releases. Because of the change, Videostream couldn’t properly call up the UI that lets you choose a casting device. Fortunately, you can disable this UI change through Flags.

Open Chrome and go to chrome://flags/

Search for Views Cast dialog flag and switch its setting from Default to Disable. To prevent future breakdown because of the UI change, you can also find the Upcoming UI features flag and disable it.

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Restart Chrome browser, and open Videostream to try again. It should be working by now. The UI cast dialog box pops up with all available Chromecast devices listed for you to choose from.

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  1. YAY!!! Thank you so much, I tried all the solutions and finally stumbled on your post. It’s solved now and working great.

  2. Thanks a lot Kent! With your article it was fixed in a sec. Did you know you can simply link to this flag? Select and drag this to the address bar (or copy paste) and the flag you need lights up

  3. Thanks Heaps. Solved the issue for me too.
    Love Videostream… Works so well I would have been pretty sad to have lost the ability to use it

  4. damn, not working for me. It shows it all blurry and the stupid circle thing just rolling around. I tried uninstalling then reinstalling as well, that just caused me to lose all the movies I had started, now I can’t even select any cuz it just gets blurred.

  5. I can do the first part!
    The second part “Upcoming UI features ” is’t to be found ???

    And I cant start Videostream for Chromecast up!!!
    What to do ?


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