Google's Chromecast Now Available in Canada, Europe
When Chromecast was first released in July 2013, it was only sold in the United States. Now consumers in 11 more nations will be able to buy Chromecast devices.Google's Chromecast television dongles will now be sold in Canada and 10 nations in Europe as the company expands the global reach of the low-cost video-streaming devices. The availability of Chromecast devices in Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom was announced by Mario Queiroz, vice president of Chromecast product management, in a March 18 post on the Google Chrome Blog. "Superheroes, cliff divers, fearless reporters or pop icons—whatever you like to watch, Chromecast makes it easy to bring it from a phone, tablet or laptop to the biggest screen in your house: the TV," wrote Queiroz. Since announcing Chromecast in the U.S., we've grown to include more of your favorite apps and Websites. Those numbers will continue to grow, and we want to bring Chromecast to more people around the world." Google is also working with local content providers in those nations to bring local content to the devices, wrote Queiroz. "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," he wrote. "So instead of huddling around your laptop to watch Sherlock solve the next crime or getting caught up on all the workplace drama in Stramberg, you can cast it, sit back, and watch together on the big screen."
That local content will be in addition to the apps and services already on Chromecast, including YouTube, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music and Netflix (where available), he added. Chromecast devices are being offered in those 11 countries immediately at Amazon, Google Play, Currys PC World, Elkjøp, FNAC, Saturn, Media Markt and other retailers.