The MatchStick Firefox streaming stick heads to Kickstarter

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The Chromecast is a great way to stream media on the cheap, and surprisingly there hasn’t been a solid competitor yet. Mozilla thinks they may have the gadget to challenge the Chromecast for streaming dongle supremacy, and it’s called the MatchStick.

The MatchStick streaming stick looks like the Chromecast, and works in the same way. The gadget plugs into a HDMI port on your big screen and allows you to stream media from a variety of channels including Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Go. The selection will be limited at first, but as it’s running the Firefox OS and it is designed to be “wide open” so you should see additional apps and games fairly quickly.

The Chromecast and MatchStick dongle may essentially do the same things, but the MatchStick outdoes it in the specs department. The MatchStick will have a Rockchip 3066 compared to the Marvell DE3005-A1 that resides in the Chromecast. The flash storage stays the same at 4GB, but the MatchStick has 1GB of DDR3 memory which should help in the performance department.

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The MatchStick dongle is live on Kickstarter, and it’s well on its way to meeting the planned funding goal. The first units won’t roll out until next year, but they’re going to be dirt cheap as you can pick one up for $18 bucks (retails for $25) through the MatchStick Kickstarter campaign.

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