The Google Chromecast wireless streaming dongle has been a rip-roaring success in the US since launching last summer, and the rest of the world have been waiting with baited breath for a release in their own Country. And finally good news for UK viewers as a launch has been announced for March.
It will mark the first territory outside the US to get the low cost HDMI stick that lets you stream content from your PC, phone or tablet straight to the big screen TV. Currently the tiny stick supports popular streaming models such as Netflix, Youtube and Google Play Movies.
It would be expected that UK catch-up services such as iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and Sky Go will add Chromecast compatibility in time for launch, or users can just run streaming services from the Chrome browser.
Once an app or streaming website is running on a users device, they simply press the cast button and the stream will start running on the TV with Chromecast connected.
No news on the cost although in the US it retails at $35, that will probably equate to around £40 in the UK. Although the device is in such high demand they had been selling on Ebay to UK owners for up to £125. Electronic retailer Currys are said to be stocking the stick from March 1.
The news comes just after Google opened the Chromecast SDK to third party developers, which should result in a flood of apps and services that make use of the Chromecast’s abilities.