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Matchstick, the $25 Firefox OS-based HDMI dongle, designed to compete with the likes of the Google Chromecast has been cancelled, and backers of the project will receive a full refund.

Matchstick was initially designed to be fully open source, and was fully certified by Mozilla.

However, open sourcing apparently came at a price, as the Matchstick team said that it found difficulty in solidifying DRM development:

After struggling with the DRM development based on Firefox OS for most of this year, we realize continued development of DRM, though showing early signs of promise, will be a long and difficult road. We have come to the conclusion that we will not be able to reliably predict the completion date of the DRM development without significantly more research, development and integration.

The campaign last year, raised $470,310 and the company promised standard streaming apps like Netflix alongside games and apps developed by the Mozilla community.

The team later announced a delay in the product around its original shipment date in February.

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