Latest in Adapter

Image credit:

Matchstick's Firefox OS-based TV dongle is dead

13 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Bad news if you backed Matchstick's crowdfunded, Firefox OS-powered TV adapter: it's not going to happen. The team has cancelled its would-be Chromecast rival after realizing that implementing copyright protection will require "significantly more" work than expected. It wouldn't be fair to leave people hanging when there's no way to "reliably predict" when you could play Netflix or other locked-down content, the company says. If you plunked money down, you should be getting a full refund within the next 60 days.

The move is unfortunate if you were looking for an affordable, more flexible alternative to the media sticks on store shelves, but it isn't surprising. Like many of these dongles, the Matchstick was going to live or die based on the services you could access -- its openness was great for tinkering, but that wasn't going to matter if you couldn't sit down and watch Orange is the New Black. The one consolation is that Matchstick's efforts likely furthered web technology, however briefly.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
13 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

The 2019 Engadget Holiday Gift Guide

View
Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

Apple's latest iOS 13 update fixes Mail, background download glitches

View
FCC chairman wants public auction to repurpose satellite bands for 5G

FCC chairman wants public auction to repurpose satellite bands for 5G

View
Valve will unveil its 'Half-Life: Alyx' VR game on Thursday

Valve will unveil its 'Half-Life: Alyx' VR game on Thursday

View
Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV

Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr