There's some sad news today if you backed the Kickstarter project for Matchstick, a Firefox OS HDMI streaming dongle meant to compete with the Chromecast. The team behind the project, which isn't affiliated with Mozilla, has provided an update on its Kickstarter page, noting that it has opted to refund backers after it ran into issues implementing DRM into Firefox OS. From the Matchstick team:
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.
While this is definitely unfortunate for those who were hoping for a Firefox OS competitor to Google's Chromecast, the Matchstick team says it intends to refund 100 percent of the money pledged (over $470,000). Since Kickstarter doesn't directly offer an avenue for refunds, Matchstick will be refunding the money through Amazon Payments. For more information on grabbing your refund, you can check out Matchstick's full post on Kickstarter.