With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favourite online entertainment on your HDTV: movies, TV shows, music, and much more from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu Plus, Google Play Movies and Music, and Chrome. Although there has been no indication from Google that they will be bringing Chromecast to Australia, a new report indicates that Telstra (Telstra Corporation Limited is an Australian telecommunications and media company) is aspiring to enlarge its BigPond IPTV service with TV-streaming dongles.
For those of you who don’t know, Chromecast is a low-cost dongle that is well-connected and affixes to a television set with an HDMI port. This enables it to stream content from Google Play, YouTube, Pandora, Netflix and other services and applications.
Telstra has apparently held talks with Google, with hopes of allowing BigPond’s content and services (such as films and sports) to be accessible through the dongle. The eventual goal is to make Telstra’s IPTV service more readily obtainable with the low-cost device. Telstra has been getting BigPond services ready for the Chromecast since late 2013 and Google released a software development kit (SDK) for Chromecast last week.
Although there have been no concrete news, we can speculate that Telstra could end up issuing Chromecast in Australia. The report also states that Telstra has been searching for ways to get Google’s service on its T-Box set top box, the Australian tele communication company may also be looking to create its own digital media player that allows Chromecast to be used.
There are questions as to what apps and services will be available to Australians (Netflix, for example, is not always available to everyone). Nevertheless, we will hopefully see Chromecast make its way down under as soon as possible.
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