Google’s Chromecast has been available for sale for almost 8 months now, however it was just limited to United States. But that’s going to change as the company today announced the sale of this device to 11 new countries including Canada, Denmark, U.K, and most of Europe.
While there are plenty of Chromecast substitutes available in the market like Roku Stick, the USP of the device is its low cost and stable streaming. The device plugs into the user’s TV and streams videos and content directly from apps like YouTube, Netflix etc. It also allows streaming content from a Chrome Tab directly to the TV via a free Chrome extension.
While currently the compatibility is just limited to a few apps, the company claims that the support will grow fast and new apps would soon be available for streaming. As of today, YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Music, and Google Play Movies support the device. However, given that it’s available in many countries throughout Europe; several local apps are now compatible with the device. For example, starting today, BBC iPlayer app will stream content to chromecast, along with other country specific apps like France TV Pluzz and SFR TV in France and Watchever in Germany. Other apps like Maxdome and CANALPLAY will soon be compatible.
Google also assures that the device would get better. More apps will be compatible and even websites would be available for streaming, which would increase the overall usability of the device.
An excerpt from the blog post is as given below,
“Chromecast will keep getting better. We recently opened up Chromecast to developers, and in a few short weeks more than 3,000 developers worldwide have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast. You’ll soon have more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games to choose from. Stay up-to-date on the latest apps that work with Chromecast at chromecast.com/apps.”
Prices naturally vary with country and it’s available for £30 in U.K., 35 in other European countries and $39 in Canada. When these prices are translated into USD, one can see that non-US customers pay a lot more than US customers. While the price difference is negligible in Canada, the prices in UK and other European countries are actually way more (around $49) than its original price in the home country.
The device will be available in 11 countries namely, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K. One can get it from retailers like Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, and Saturn for the above mentioned prices.
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