Google Chromecast now available to buy in Australia
Google’s Chromecast – a streaming media device that plugs directly into your TV – went on sale today in JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith stores across Australia.
Priced at $49, the Google Chromecast is a HDMI dongle that fits into a vacant port on your TV.
It creates its own wi-fi connection to link your smartphone, tablet and laptop so you can now “cast” your content to watch on your TV.
The Chromecast works with Android and iOS mobile devices, Windows and Mac computers and ChromeOS products.
Users can cast from their Chrome browser or by opening a supported app on their device and hitting the cast icon.
And your mobile device can then be used as the remote control to play, pause and navigate that content once it’s on your TV.
Chromecast has been available in the US for some time and supported services only available to US customers.
The Australian version of Chromecast will allow users to stream YouTube, Google Play Music and Google Play Movies as well as apps from supported partners like Pandora.
The Foxtel-owned subscription on-demand movie service Presto will also work with the Google Chromecast.
Customers who access Presto through their mobile device or computer will now have the option of streaming the movie to the Chromecast to watch on their HDTV.
Presto is available for the introductory price of $4.95 for the first month with the regular monthly subscription price of $19.95.
The Google Chromecast is also open to developers to adapt their apps to work with the device. So far in the US more than 5000 developers have downloaded the open development kit.