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Google Officially Launches Chromecast in 11 New Countries

Untitled-1Google has officially confirmed what most of us were already expecting: their media streaming device ‘Chromecast’ is launching in a slew of additional countries as of today.

The HDMI dongle allows content from smartphones, tablets, and the Chrome web browser on laptops to be ‘cast’ to a TV.

Consumers in the following countries are now able to buy the device from select online retailers, including Google Play:

  • UK
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain 

More Chromecast Apps

To back up the hardware a number of national and international mobiles apps are also rolling out native support for the device in their Android and iOS applications.

BBC iPlayer and BT Sport are among the big-name media providers supporting the device at launch in the UK. Other apps and media services, likely to include Sky Go and Now TV, may follow in the near future.

TV Pluzz and SFR TV are supporting French users, with CANALPLAY coming soon. German users can look forward to support from both Watchever and Maxdome in the coming weeks.

These new entries add to an ever-growing number of existing apps supporting the service, which already includes Netflix, Google Play Music, Pandora and YouTube.  A browser extension is also available for Chrome on Windows, Mac and Linux that allows content that can be viewed in a browser to be ‘cast’ to a TV — an ideal stopgap while waiting for an app to roll out support.

Currys PC World and Amazon are already stocking the device in the UK, as is the UK version of the Google Play Store:

Buy Chromecast from Currys/PC World Buy Chromecast on Amazon UK

Buy Google Chromecast from Google Play Store

Amazon France and Amazon Germany both have the device listed for €35:

Buy Chromecast from Amazon.fr Buy Chromecast from Amazon.de

  • Roland

    Will the Chromecasts on ebay work in the UK without any problems or is it better to get one from Currys PC World?

    • Boothy

      Yup. I got one at Xmas. Works fine :)

    • Reece Williams

      If the ebay ones are less than £30 then yes, they are US imports but work the same, only have a 2 pin plug instead of a 3 pin plug, but as most tv’s have a usb socket to use instead, then not an issue. If ebay is over £30 then go to Currys (or online) and gt from there.

      • Roland

        I decided to go down to local PC World on the off chance that they had any left, and they had a load on display so picked one up instead of getting one from eBay.

  • Thomas Berends

    And Google Play Devices has launched in the Netherlands!

  • Reece Williams

    No BT Sport support to date as yet. BBC iPlayer is working great and HD.

  • Roland

    Love having a Smart TV for the price of a £30 dongle instead of having to pay a premium for a Smart TV, & it’s so much more convenient than having to watch YouTube & iPlayer on Laptop.

  • Felix Perez

    I have two, and just ordered two more as gifts. Perfect for watching youtube on the TV and casting movies, series and music from a DLNA server. Cheap way to turn any TV into a DLNA receiver.

  • Oshiro

    Can you watch live channels from iplayer with this? Also, can you queue on demand videos from iplayer?

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      I haven’t tried queuing, but you can cast live channels through the Android or iOS apps to Chromecast, but not via the web.

      • Oshiro

        That’s not bad! Any plans of apps for itv, 4od, and channel5?