Firefox OS ‘Matchstick’ Streaming Dongle Delayed

Frequent Kickstarter backers are no stranger to product delays. So it comes as little surprise that the crowdfunded Matchstick streaming dongle announced it will not ship in February.

“We’ve decided to release the product when it is ready, and anticipate that to be in August,” the company said in a project update.

There is much to be done, and only six months to do it: update the hardware, insert a new processor, and woo content providers, all in the name of better developer tools.

The company intends to increase the CPU power from a dual-core to a quad-core chip, and iron out some common Wi-Fi performance issues.

“[W]e are eating the cost to improve the hardware, and passing along the benefits of improved hardware to our backers,” the team said. “It’s a cost we are willingly paying for the promise of a better product.”

That better product will also come with a new processor, and support for the DRM (Digital Rights Management) capability. Once the company breaks down that barrier, it can reach providers like Netflix, and perhaps a number of other short-listed partners.

Set to retail for $25, Matchstick is the first HDMI stick based on the Firefox OS. Like the Chromecast, it simply plugs into your HDTV or HD monitor to stream movies, TV shows, music, games, and more from devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

It took fewer than 24 hours last fall for the dongle to surpass its $100,000 Kickstarter goal and collect more than 6,000 backers.

“[W]e’ve been working to make sure we build a community not just a product,” the team said. “We’ve been arranging partnerships, hiring team members, and taking steps to ensure Matchstick is more than just a one-off product.”

Fans can expect announcements about more partnerships, hires, and future funding in the coming months.

“Our goal is to bring a whole new way of interacting with the scenes around you with an easy-to-use, powerful, and customizable platform,” the Matchstick makers said. “We have big ambitions, but with your help, we are certain we can get there.”

For more, see Fire TV Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Roku Stick: Media Streamers Compared.



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