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Google's HDMI dongle continues to spread across the world, bringing streaming video to bigger screens. This time the Chromecast has landed in Ireland just days after Google Play Movies became available. How convenient.

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The device will cost €39 from the Play Store, which is somewhat higher than the US price when you figure in conversion. Until Android TV comes out, the Chromecast is the only way to beam content from all those cast-enabled apps to a TV. And it's still pretty cheap.

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It's shipping in 1-2 days, which is as close to "immediately" as the Play Store devices get. I could blab a bit more about this and make some offensive jokes about drunkenness or leprechauns, but I won't do that (out loud).

[Google Play Devices, Google Support]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Adrian Meredith

    Erm what? how can it have only just launched in Ireland WHEN GOOGLES EU HEADQUARTERS ARE THERE!???

    • AbbyZFresh

      EU and Google are not exactly in the best relationship right now.

    • Paul Dunne

      Well like many Google products it launched in their home country (the USA) first, before expanding to new markets like Ireland. Company HQs are no guarantee of what products the will sell in specific countries!

    • whendowelive

      I am going to be a bit cynical and say Google is only here because of Ireland's favourable tax and not its importance as a market.

  • Gregory

    What should happen in this world for it to ever officially come to Russia? It even has all its UIs and apps translated into Russian already... Why we don't even have the Devices section in Google Play?! Why such a big country is always ignored?

    • me

      because russia is a bit of a recalcitrant child at the moment regarding their politics with western countries and collaboration with other markets due to the whole Ukraine thing, I guess?

      • Gregory

        No. Google even has an office in Moscow. They have Russian account on Twitter and recently created an official community on VKontakte so they don't ignore Russia after all. Politics don't have anything to do with this. Maybe there are some logistics-related problems, but why not launch Play Devices with delivery to only major cities as Apple did?

      • qs

        lol. Americans dont want to sell stuff to "bad" guys? When has that ever stopped them before?

      • Dick

        Your troops footprints have barely left Iraq and Afghanistan and you're upset about Crimea? lol.

    • Anthony

      Just because a country is big doesn't make it important. Especially financially.

      • Gregory

        There are resellers that sell Chromecasts from $57 and there are people that buy these. Imagine what would happen if Google launched Chromecast officially with appropriate marketing and lower price.

        • Anthony

          People buy overpriced stuff all the time. That doesn't mean it will translate to high sales for the general population.

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  • Daire O Connor

    Just bought one here in New York on my holidays. Been using it for the past few weeks and they are amazing! Glad to see they are on sale at home now too but I'll probably buy 2 more in the states before I head home because of the price difference.