Google’s super-cheap media streaming dongle, the Chromecast, has been incredibly popular in the United States, but it has yet to be officially sold anywhere else. In the UK, retailer Curry’s has announced that they’ll be selling the Chromecast as of March 1, and even though you can get it in Australia, it’s a bit of a hassle.
Business Spectator are reporting that Telstra – who are no stranger to new technologies, and who actually have a multimedia ecosystem of their own – are in talks with Google to bring Chromecast to Australia. The Chromecast sells for $35 in the US and Telstra are expected to sell it for a similar price here (although with an additional 10% GST).
It’s worth noting that Telstra’s Bigpond Movies and Music don’t currently have applications available on Google Play, but I would expect this to change if their negotiations with Google pan out.