Our friends across the pond will no longer have to resort to importing a Chromecast from the US as of March 19th. That's apparently the day Google's streaming dongle is set to hit shelves in the UK. At least one retailer already has the device in stock and has alerted employees to the impeding launch.

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According to the screenshot we've been given, the device will be up for sale on Wednesday morning in Dixons retail stores. It's not clear what the price will be, or if Google itself will be selling the Chromecast through the Play Store in the UK as well.

It's been a long wait, but you're almost there. Just a few more days until you can stream to your heart's content.

[Thanks, anon]

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Spud The Potato Bow-tie Guy

    I wonder if Google have done any deals for big UK streaming media providers like the BBC to add chromecast support to the iPlayer apps, it would be nice if they have and a bonus if Sky did the same. I'm doubtful over sky they have done everything to stop people using Sky go with HDMI out

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The iPlayer is pretty much almost a sure deal at this point, thanks to @samnalty:disqus's sleuthing.

      • Phantom Pt.ii

        NOWTV (from Sky) doesn't seem to have it. Although they're under NDA as well until release. But both chat and Twitter definitely say they won't have it at release.

        • Mike Rand

          Sky have their £9.99 Now TV box (rebranded Roku box) so them being on Chromecast isn't a sure thing.

  • Phill_S

    Yay, the wait is over.

    (yeah, I could have just imported one)

    +1 to this being extra awesome if iPlayer works on it

  • Sam Nalty

    After seeing the rumours of this release and the iPlayer app update the other day I poked around in the app and found loads of cast API references in the strings (http://pastebin.com/rQD1pBLS ) and in the manifest (http://pastebin.com/VesQLjAZ ) definitely looks like they might launch together!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      You know, I noticed the other day the iPlayer app was updated from v2 to v3 with just "Bug Fixes" which didn't add up. Now it all makes perfect sense. Couldn't download it either, since I'm not in the UK.

      • Gilly

        It looks like Chromecast support has been added in v3 - http://i62.tinypic.com/2je9wsi.png

        The cast icons are there if you extract the latest v3 APK, v2 does not have them.

        • Gilly

          New cast XMLs as well - http://i60.tinypic.com/5pii3k.png

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          That's right. We're going to post about this separately soon.

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        I've always said since day 1, Google would be mad to launch in the UK without iPlayer support, the Job postings made it pretty clear they wanted to work with companies internationally to add support before launching. I wonder if 4oD is on board too. I find the META tag suggesting iPlayer is searchable to be interesting - this presumably means Google Now can search iPlayer?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Could you share the iPlayer 3 APK with me please and v2 if you still have it?

    • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

      You sir - are an absolute legend!

  • Good Guy Canada

    DAMMIT GOOGLE, we are right above you!

    - Canada

    • Mayoo

      I won't ever stop re-posting that.

      • Laura Steven


        ★★★ ★�★★ ★★★ ★�★★ ★★★I'm doubtful over sky though as they have done everything to stop people using Sky go with HDMI out

      • Adam Olivero

        Their available direct from Google Play in Canada now!

        • Mayoo

          I know, I follow AP ... this was posted 6 days ago.

    • Adam Olivero
      • th3m4ri0

        For -ahem- 50 canadian dollars.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      No company likes Canada :(

      • AbbyZFresh

        Yeah. Like it's soooooooo hard for you to simply drive to the U.S., buy a Chromecast one from Best Buy and go back home.

        Typical complaining Canadians. ;)

  • Adam Olivero

    I love reading the NDA part at the end. Especially number 2.

    I can hear the conversation now. Boss: What was that snap noise? Employee: Nothing (Emails shot to android police)

    • darkdude1

      Don't see why they insist on NDA's these days, doesn't stop it from being leaked.

      • MeCampbell30

        Because it does allow them to recover damages later in court if they choose.

      • Knowles2

        Because people like breaking the rules and slapping a NDA on it increases the likely hood they will leak it and get a bunch of free publicity.

  • taz89

    Let's hope they don't rip us off like usual.

  • Andy

    Dixons doesn't exist anymore, does it? I think it's the Dixon group now, so probably Currys/PC World and all that jazz :-)

    • FlexiPack

      True but for some reason there's still a Dixons in Manchester Airport.

    • Chris Appleton

      Dixons are the company that run the PCW and Currys brands amongst others (Knowhow, Dixons Travel)

  • Deeco

    Finally ffs! Better be same price!

  • Alain Lafond

    As usual. They don't know...There's only one country in america... Look up north, right before Santa Claus there's Canada...

    • MeCampbell30

      We smuggle prescription drugs, you smuggle Chromcasts. That's the deal.

  • TheUndertaker21

    even pound is not so big deal for UK people but I think that price will get close to 50$ or even more.

  • Deeco

    If the price is more, then I'm buying the US Import, unless there is some sort of deal included.

  • LondonLeedsFan

    how much!?!

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J
  • js

    price is going to be £30, thats from dixons intranet

  • ndrw

    Price is £30 just ordered one from currys 15 minutes ago.