When it comes to streaming media devices you have plenty of options to choose from at this point. Google’s Chromecast easily leads the charge into our living rooms, but there are other devices that deliver an enjoyable experience as well like the Fire TV Stick, the Roku 3500R, and soon to be the Mastchstick, a streaming stick that was funded through kickstarter last year which will be running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS. The unfortunate thing right now is that the Matchstick has apparently hit a snag. A snag known as a delayed shipping date that has been bumped out by a period of six months.
This is probably a little bit of sad news for those who were eager to get their hands on the $25 device, but should you decide you really don’t want to wait that long you aren’t left without any other selections that could meet the same needs. The thing about Matchstick that might have people interested is the claims of more powerful performance than that of Chromecast, as well as a slightly lower price tag, and a more open platform approach. When the Matchstick launches, you’ll be able to stream all kinds of video content to it from various different devices or machines, and it also supports streaming from a decent selection of different apps one can use with Chromecast currently.
It’ll also let you stream or cast from the browser if you’re using Firefox, similar to the way you can cast from your Chrome browser to Chromecast, although hopefully it works better than the Chromecast’s browser option otherwise it likely won’t be getting much use. The Matchstick was supposed to start shipping to buyers and backers this month, but it looks like those who had helped fund the project will have to wait till august. Look at the bright side, it’ll be during the summer time and you’ll probably have more time to watch all the videos want. As for the reasons for the delay, it has to do with a WiFi related bug and switching out hardware for upgraded parts, more specifically making the jump to a quad-core processor. So, while the Matchstick isn’t quite available yet, if you don’t have any sort of device similar to this and were wanting one now, you have those few other options we mentioned above.