Google Chromecast officially goes on sale in Ireland

15 Jul 2014

Almost five months to the day that the Google Chromecast went on sale in the UK, the streaming dongle is now officially on sale in Ireland from the Google Play Store.

Marketed as a cheaper alternative to the more expensive Apple TV and Roku streaming device, the Chromecast will allow users to stream a variety of supported content directly from their device or laptop onto their HDTVs with a few basic steps for a set price of €39.

The device works with any TV that has an HDMI port which it plugs directly in to, as well as requiring its own power supply connected either through a USB slot in the TV or directly through a wall socket.

With the decision to finally make it available in Ireland, this will now make us the 19th country to officially receive the Chromecast in North America, Europe and Asia.

So far, there are a reasonable amount of apps that feature the ability to cast to the device including some of the internet’s most popular sites and services including YouTube, Netflix and Deezer but having previously released the APK file to allow developers to produce their own Chromecast apps, there are now hundreds of apps that are supported through the device.

Unlike some other streaming solutions, Chromecast allows you to multitask so you can send an email or update your social networks while watching what’s on your TV screen.

The Chromecast is also not restricted to just Android devices and is available for Android, Chromebooks and iOS.

Stay tuned for a review on the Chromecast and all the tips and tricks to make the most of the dongle.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic