Google’s Chromecast is a device that has been taking the stream-casting space by storm since it was released some months ago. Many Android app makers have supported it as a way to gain more market share. Google’s Chromecast is now selling for $35 and you do have other alternatives, but not that compatible with Android. You can read more about our take on Mozilla’s Chromecast rival streaming content stick here.
You may think that $35 for Google’s Chromecast is too much money, especially in a country like India. Some of the local manufacturers are making Android-based devices available below the Rs. 5,000/- mark, but that is not enough. Google’s Chromecast, if at all introduced in India, should cost about Rs. 2,000/- to Rs. 2,200/- considering the exchange rates. One thing to note is that we have not added the customs and other taxes to this price.
For some, this price would be of no consequence or a deal breaker, but for others it still would be too high. You may think that the Chrome-based ecosystem needs to improve before you want to jump on this bandwagon, and you’re right. We now bring you news about another TV stick or stream-cast that does not work on Android OS or is not Chrome based. We are taking about the Matchstick TV Stick. The Matchstick TV Stick will go on sale early next year (February 2015) for a price of $25.
The Matchstick TV Stick would run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. Mozilla has been very vocal about its approach to the mobile platform. Mozilla recently launched Firefox OS-based smartphones. Firefox OS-based smartphones are in collaboration with Alcatel Mobile, GeeksPhone, Huawei, Intex, LG, Polytron, Spice, ZTE, T2Mobile, and Symphony Mobile worldwide. Firefox OS-based tablets are in collaboration with Foxconn, VIA Technologies, and Alcatel Mobile. With the Matchstick TV Stick you can cast content from a smartphone or a PC to your HDTV. The Matchstick TV Stick also has support for Chromecast-compatible applications right out-of-the-box.
Currently, the Matchstick TV Stick is in the prototype stage. The Matchstick TV Stick team hopes that they would be able to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter to get production started. You can be an early adopter by going to the Matchstick TV Stick Kickstarter page. If you do that, you can receive the Matchstick TV Stick for $12. Else, you can buy it when it becomes available at $25.
Matchstick’s TV stick is similar in design to Chromecast. For using the Matchstick TV Stick, you have to first plug it into your TV’s HDMI port, from where it will go online using Wi-Fi. You can then subsequently ascertain the content that you want to send to your HDTV from a congenial tablet, smartphone, or PC.