Meet MatchStick: Mozilla’s Firefox-Powered Chromecast Competitor

Meet MatchStick: Mozilla’s Firefox-Powered Chromecast Competitor
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Chomecast is a very good deal for $49 (Australian price). But Mozilla thinks it can do a little better, with its own Firefox OS-based streaming stick, the $US12 MatchStick.

Actually that $US12 should come with a caveat — the little dongle is now on Kickstarter, and if you sign up for one now you can get it for just $US12. Once it hits retail it will be $US25. But the unproved MatchStick is at the very early crowdfunding phase.

Anyway, the Wi-Fi dongle plugs into your HDMI port a la Chromecast or Roku Streaming Stick. Then it will let you stream games, shows and movies from your laptop or mobile device. It’s all built on the open-source Firefox OS, and Mozilla says many of the apps you see now in its app store will be available in a planned MatchStick app store.

Translation: Mozilla is promising a lot of content for not a lot of cash. From the looks of it, it works like most every streaming stick we’ve seen, but with a better price and on an open OS. [MatchStick via CNET]