After weeks of teasing us with rumors and leaks, Google's Chromecast media player has finally landed in the UK in an official capacity. The device is priced at £30, which is still quite a bit more than what our friends in the United States are paying ($35 equates to roughly £21 by today's rates) though better than the dreaded direct switch of currency symbols. The Canadians, who are enjoying their own Chromecast launch today, also have it better than us with their $39CAD price tag (that's actually cheaper than the USA by a few cents).
"Chromecast will keep getting better. We recently opened up Chromecast to developers, and in a few short weeks more than 3,000 developers worldwide have signed up to bring their apps and websites to Chromecast," VP of Chromecast Product Management, Mario Queiroz, wrote on the official Chrome blog. "You’ll soon have more TV shows, movies, videos, sports, music and games to choose from. Stay up-to-date on the latest apps that work with Chromecast at chromecast.com/apps."
Chromecast in the UK will also have support for BBC iPlayer, something users in the US haven't had access to in the eight months since they've had Chromecast. Launched in July of last year, this is the first expansion for Google's streaming media player. It's now available in 11 more countries (UK, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden). You can pick one up via Google Play, Amazon, and Currys and PC World.