Streaming sticks are becoming popular. They are easy and cost effective ways of adding “smart” features to your TV provided that it has an HDMI port. These devices are capable of running apps and mirroring content from personal devices, so users not only have access to the content they have stored, but they can also stream content from services like Netflix and Hulu. Matchstick, a streaming stick powered by Firefox OS, was supposed to start shipping this month but the team behind it says that shipments have now been delayed.
Matchstick will make its debut in a very competitive arena. Chromecast, Google’s stick, has already sold more than 10 million units. Amazon’s Fire TV stick is also popular and so are similar devices from companies like Roku.
Matchstick initially began as a project on Kickstarter and it was able to get the required funding from backers all over the world. The initial target for shipments was February 2015 but now the team behind it say they won’t be able to get it out by August 2015.
There’s a reason for this. The team is going to redesign Matchstick so that it has a faster processor as well as support for digital rights management or DRM.
Those who had backed it and were looking forward to play around with it this month will now have to wait for quite a bit longer.