Google Chromecast arrives in 11 more countries

Posted Mar 19, 2014

The Google Chromecast streaming is a media streaming stick that costs only $35 and competes against the Apple TV and Roku. The Chromecast is now available in 11 more countries, including Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.

“In addition to your favorite apps like YouTube, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Netflix (where available), we?re working with local content providers to bring even more of the movies and TV shows you love to Chromecast. Apps will start rolling out today, and include BBC iPlayer in the U.K.; France TV Pluzz and SFR TV in France with CANALPLAY coming soon; and Watchever in Germany with Maxdome coming soon. So instead of huddling around your laptop to watch Sherlock solve the next crime or getting caught up on all the workplace drama in Stromberg, you can cast it, sit back, and watch together on the big screen,” said Mario Queiroz, VP of Product Management at Chromecast.

The Chromecast is going to be sold for the equivalent of $50 U.S. dollars outside of the U.S. Google launched the Chromecast in July 2013. Google has not reported how many Chromecasts were sold so far, but said that the sales are in the “millions.”

Google will be selling the Chromecast internationally through Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjop, FNAC, Saturn, and Media Markt, according to a blog post. Google will also work with local providers in other countries to add more content and apps. Some of the localized apps that have been added include BBC iPlayer in the U.K., France TV Pluzz, and SFR TV (France). CANALPLAY, Watchever (Germany), and Maxdome will be coming soon.

The Chromecast has been opened to developers. In a few short weeks, over 3,000 developers have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast.

[Source: Google Blog]