Matchstick, the Firefox-based dongle that is on its way to competing against Google’s Chromecast for streaming-content customers, is trying to one-up its competitor by saying it’ll provide its device the ability to stream content without customers having to have an internet connection.
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Yes. Gigaom reports that Matchstick, which is running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, has told its backers that it will develop a way to play local media on the device without the need for an internet connection.
That means users would be able to take the device to a hotel — or wherever — and plug it into a TV and play any media they have saved on their phone, tablet or other mobile device.
Chromecast currently does not offer anything like this. Rather, customers must first have an internet connection available in order to stream the content to their television. However, they’re purportedly looking into it.
And they’d better. Especially if Matchstick is going to be cheaper in cost.