By Sahil Patel
Beachfront Media’s Beachfront Builder platform, which is used by many YouTube creators to launch and operate mobile apps, now supports Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV, as well as Apple TV via the set-top’s “Airplay” functionality.
These devices join Roku in the list of popular connected-TV streamers supported by Beachfront Builder.
The move comes as adoption rates for connected-TV devices continue to grow worldwide, the company said. For instance, according to Digital TV Research, there will be more than 759 million TV sets connected to the web worldwide by 2018.
As a result, creators using Beachfront Builder will now be able to publish apps for these connected-TV platforms. (Of note: Airplay supports iOS apps built on Builder, while Chromecast supports both iOS and Android apps.)
“When you fire up one of our apps on your device, it will automatically detect whether an Apple TV or Chromecast is connected to your Wi-Fi network,” said Beachfront in a blog post. “If a device is detected, you will see the respective icon on the screen that will send the video to that device.
The Amazon Fire TV, on the other hand, is now a new “app option” on Builder. Users can select it like any other operating system they want to distribute their apps to.
As part of the update, Beachfront said it will also “turn on” apps already launched by YouTube stars like Olga Kay for these platforms.