Google has made Chromecast available for the Indian customers at a price of Rs 2,999. The Chromecast is a media streaming device that was launched in July 2013.
The Chromecast will go on sale starting December 10 through the e-commerce channel, Snapdeal. The device is small sized thumb drive that can be plugged into an HDMI port on LED/LCD TVs.
The device enable the users to stream content from video services like Hulu, Netflix, Google’s YouTube and content from Google Play.
Netflix and Hulu are not functional in India, so for Indian users the Chromecast will support YouTube and Google Play Movies, and apps from Eros Now, Spuul and YuppTV.
Airtel and Eros are providing Chromecast customers some subscription offers. Eros is offering free access to their full content of Bollywood and regional movies, music, and TV shows for two months.
Airtel on the other hand is offering its customers who buy a Chromecast, free data up to 20GB per month for 3 months. New Airtel customers can have activation charges of Rs 1000.
The device connects with smartphones, tablets and PCs to stream online content to TVs. To prevent copyright infringement issues, it does not support streaming of local content to TVs and connects to an online server for streaming.
Apple TV is a digital media player or a microconsole that can receive digital data from a number of sources and stream it to TV for playing.
Apple TV was launched in March 2012 and has 1080p video quality. The device has no integrated controls and can only be controlled externally.
It can be controlled either by an Apple Remote control or by the ‘Remote’ app on iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, using its Wi-Fi capability.