Google's Chromecast with Google TV releases on June 22 in New Zealand

  • 01/06/2022
Google's new Chromecast with Google TV device
The new unit comes with a remote and is powered via a TV's HDMI port. Photo credit: Getty Images

Google has announced its newest Chromecast device will be available to buy in New Zealand for the first time later this month.

The latest version of the streaming dongle, which comes with a remote control for the first time, has been available overseas for some time, but never officially supported in Aotearoa.

"Today, we have more content choices than ever, sprinkled across an ever-expanding variety of apps, which can make it difficult to find what to watch. This inspired us to rethink what simple and easy content discovery on your TV should look like," the company said in a blog post announcing the decision.

"We've made our biggest leap yet to help you navigate your entertainment choices, bringing together the best of local and global content into one convenient location, with the all-new Chromecast with Google TV."

The streaming device will cost $110 and will be available from multiple retailers from June 22, the company said.

The new Chromecast has the Google TV experience built in which brings together movies, television shows and more from different apps and subscriptions and organises them in a 'For You' tab.

Users can get personalised watch suggestions as well as bookmark movies and television shows they want to watch later.

"We're also bringing our most requested feature - a remote - to Chromecast," Google said.

It will compete with the likes of Apple TV and Xiaomi's TV Box in Aotearoa.

The Chromecast plugs directly into a TV's HDMI port and offers video at up to 4K HDR at up to 60 frames per second. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDMI pass-through of Dolby audio content.

It has a dedicated Google Assistant button that operates much like other smart assistants like Alexa and Siri when pressed.

There's also dedicated buttons for YouTube and Netflix for instant access to those streaming services.

Among the other apps available for the Chromecast are ThreeNow, Amazon's Prime Video, Disney Plus and the Apple TV Plus app.

Users will need a Google account to login to the device which will then give access to a user's Google Assistant, YouTube, Play Store and Google Photos accounts.