So this news had effectively leaked in advance, but now it's official: Google's Chromecast streaming dongle has gone on sale in Australia today for $49. You can pick it up from the Google Play Store, JB Hi-Fi and Dick Smith.
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The Chromecast plugs into your TV and allows you to stream content directly from the internet or your home network to the screen, using your smartphone as a remote control. Both Android and iOS are supported, and third-party developers can add Chromecast streaming to existing apps. You can also 'cast' any screen viewed in Chrome to the device. If you buy from the Play Store, you'll pay $4.50 for basic shipping or $10.95 for express shipping.
On the local front, apps supporting Chromecast are in development from the ABC, Quickflix and Foxtel, though none have made one available on the Australian launch day. While those would be a nice addition, there are lots of apps which support the Chromecast, including Google's own YouTube and Google Play Movies players.
As we noted when this pricing first leaked, $49 is expensive compared to the $US35 launch price, especially since the original US version also included a trial Netflix subscription. Undoubtedly many Chromecast enthusiasts have already imported their own, but for anyone who didn't want that hassle, local availability is still a plus.