Google Chromecast to launch in Thailand, AIS to start streaming HBO

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Google’s Chromecast will be available in Thailand from February 9.

Mobile operator AIS announced Monday it would be the first authorized stockist of Google’s online streaming dongle.

First launched in the United States in 2013, Chromecast lets users stream online video and use apps via their TV.

The tiny device plugs to your TV via the HDMI port, connects to your wifi network and lets you use your Android smartphone or tablet as a remote control for your TV.

It can also be used to help you access wider internet services from your TV.

When Chromecast is available in Thailand it will launch with a small selection of apps, including popular streaming services Netflix, HOOQ and iFlix, as well as YouTube, Daily Motion and Angry Birds Friends.

Plex, Google Chrome and TuneIn Radio will also be available.

Chromecast

While the official launch date is to be confirmed, AIS has confirmed Chromecast will be available for 1490 THB.

AIS also announced Monday that it will start streaming some of the HBO channels that have recently been dropped by TrueVisions.

AIS said it will add a number of channels including HBO HD, HBO Family, HBO Signature, Cinemax, FX and National Geographic.

AIS customers will able to watch the channels via the AIS Playbox through its iOS and Android app.

AIS said it will announce pricing before the April, which is when the service is expected to go live.

In December, rival TrueVisions announced it will no longer be broadcasting six HBO channels, much to the fury of customers.

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