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INTERNET GIANT Google's Chromecast HDMI dongle has arrived in the UK, complete with Netflix and BBC iPlayer support.
Google announced the UK launch for Chromecast at an event in London on Tuesday, boasting that it arrives with the backing of Netflix and iPlayer and adding that more big name apps will be arriving soon.
Head of BBC iPlayer Dan Taylor enthused, "I'm delighted that we've been able to add Chromecast support to BBC iPlayer, providing viewers with another convenient way of getting the BBC programmes they love to watch on demand on the biggest screen in the house."
As we predicted, Google Chromecast has gone on sale priced at £30 in the UK, and is available at Amazon, the Google Play store and Currys & PC World.
Chromecast's UK arrival sees Google challenging Apple TV and the Roku Streaming Stick. The 2.83in dongle hooks up to any HDMI enabled television set and, once connected to WiFi, can stream content from services like Youtube and Netflix.
Unlike Apple TV, which only works with other Apple branded products, Google boasts that the Chromecast plays nicely with Android and iOS, with punters being able to use their iPhone, iPad or Android device as a makeshift remote control. Windows and Mac PCs are also both supported through the Chrome web browser, and Google said that many Chromebooks are also supported.
Mario Queiroz, director of product management at Google, said, "Chromecast is the easiest way to bring your favorite online movies, shows, music and more to the TV screen.
"It should be easy for people to watch the content they want wherever they are, and we're excited to bring the simplicity of Chromecast to international markets."
Check out our roundup of the top 10 Google Chromecast apps you should install. µ
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