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Chromecast is reportedly available on BestBuy.com right now

Earlier this week, Google officially unveiled its new media streaming stick called the Chromecast. The device looks like a standard flash drive designed to connect directly to the HDMI port of a HDTV or computer monitor. Once connected to a display device, the Chromecast allows users to stream video from sources like YouTube and Netflix to the TV directly from their smartphone.

During the initial launch promotion for Google's new media streaming stick, it was offering three months of free Netflix video streaming service to both new and existing customers. That was approximately a $24 value in free streaming content for purchasing the $35 Chromecast. However, it looks as though customer demand has put a swift end to the Netflix promotion.

"Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available," Google told the LA Times in a statement.

Google also offered some clarification, stating that all users who purchased the Chromecast before the promotion ended will be able to redeem their three free months of Netflix streaming video service. 

Source: LA Times



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Not at all surprising.
By retrospooty on 7/26/2013 9:58:24 AM , Rating: 4
Netflix probably allowed them a fixed amount of offers... With the huge demand, they ran out fast. Its a great product... You get a lot for very little. I am on a trip right now in Sedona As. Played with the hotels Samsung smart TV last night and realized even people with a smart TV can use this. Freegin aweful Ui on the Samsung. I wish I had a chromecast with me now.




RE: Not at all surprising.
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 10:12:32 AM , Rating: 2
I know Samsung's UI is an exercise in frustration, but I wouldn't use a Chromecast on a smart TV simply because it requires yet another device to work.

Plus, I hate you for being in Sedona right now.


RE: Not at all surprising.
By retrospooty on 7/26/2013 10:43:02 AM , Rating: 2
Lol. Don't hate, I am not having the best of times here. I live in AZ, so I am more than done with the sun , especially in summer, ugh... Great hiking though in the am until it gets hot.


RE: Not at all surprising.
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 11:38:49 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I wish I lived in the US and I have seen Sedona. Admittedly, it was more like October. But I still hate you. Take that. Ha!


RE: Not at all surprising.
By Spuke on 7/26/2013 12:10:32 PM , Rating: 2
Not to shove that knife in further but I'm going up there for Xmas. :)


RE: Not at all surprising.
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 1:08:50 PM , Rating: 2
In my mind Christmas means snow. So I'm gonna hate you a little less, ok?


RE: Not at all surprising.
By retrospooty on 7/26/2013 6:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Not at all surprising.
By bug77 on 7/27/2013 2:40:29 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks man.


RE: Not at all surprising.
By FITCamaro on 7/28/2013 9:35:39 PM , Rating: 3
Glad I got mine before it ended. I already have Netflix but hey, 3 months free.


Am I the only one...
By polishvendetta on 7/26/2013 9:46:24 AM , Rating: 3
who read this article out of shear confusion in the title?

"Google ends device citing 'overwhelming demand'"




RE: Am I the only one...
By Newspapercrane on 7/26/2013 9:53:30 AM , Rating: 3
It's either unfortunate wording or some of the worst clickbait I've ever seen on DT. Since this isn't a Mick article, I'm going with the former.


RE: Am I the only one...
By 440sixpack on 7/26/2013 10:02:37 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, same here.


RE: Am I the only one...
By 440sixpack on 7/26/2013 10:03:06 AM , Rating: 2
Bah, meant that reply to the first post.


RE: Am I the only one...
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 10:09:41 AM , Rating: 2
It's been in the news since yesterday. It was one of those "while supplies last" offers and the supplies stopped lasting.


RE: Am I the only one...
By jordanclock on 7/26/2013 10:38:01 AM , Rating: 2
You're right, the title is very inaccurate. The PROMOTION ended. The device is still available.


RE: Am I the only one...
By jackstar7 on 7/26/2013 11:15:39 AM , Rating: 2
The word Device should be changed to Promotion. That should clear things up.


GoogleTV all the way.
By BillyBatson on 7/26/2013 2:24:18 PM , Rating: 2
GoogleTV > Cromecast and by a large margin!!!!!
If people really can't afford $80 for a googleTV stick then instead of making a dumbed down version called chromecast google should offer GoogleTV without the option of a controller and use of an app to control it and have the ability to buy a controller if one wanted to. That should bring the cost down to the chromecast level while offering a better more feature rich product with more alternatives.




RE: GoogleTV all the way.
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/28/2013 9:18:02 AM , Rating: 2
Where can you buy a GoogleTV "stick"? I don't see such a device much less for 80 dollars.....


RE: GoogleTV all the way.
By BillyBatson on 7/30/2013 2:02:51 PM , Rating: 2
You aren't looking hard enough.


HTPC
By EnzoFX on 7/26/2013 1:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
Why are people comparing this to an HTPC? They are completely different markets at this point.




Article error (besides title)
By ammaross on 7/26/2013 12:04:57 PM , Rating: 1
"...allows users to stream video from sources like YouTube and Netflix to the TV directly from their smartphone."

No, it doesn't stream directly from their smartphone. It uses a smartphone (Android or iOS), OSX, or Win7, or simply streams a Chrome browser tab. However, Netflix streaming isn't from the device, it has the Chromecast device stream directly from Netflix. Shame when quick, hack journalism can't even repeat news properly.




Work From Home
By jimmorris on 7/28/2013 8:31:46 AM , Rating: 1
I freelance over the internet and earn about 80-85$ an hour. I was without a job for 7 months but last month my paycheck with big fat bonus was $15000 just working on my computer from my home for 5-6 hours. Here's what i have been doing-----> http://www.Gig25.com




Really?
By piroroadkill on 7/26/13, Rating: -1
RE: Really?
By jordanclock on 7/26/2013 10:36:36 AM , Rating: 3
While you're waiting to plan, purchase and assemble your HTPC, I'll be over here watching some TV shows and movies streamed over Chromecast.

Have fun with your HTPC (when you finally have one) but this is for people that just want to watch things on their TV from their PC and not have build something, set it up, work out any kinks and hope it keeps working the same.


RE: Really?
By Nortel on 7/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Really?
By retrospooty on 7/26/2013 12:04:10 PM , Rating: 3
Seeing as how is already sold out, and is a very hot item all over the web, people have figured out uses for it that you haven't.

If you even bothered to read the posts in this very thread you would see a bunch of them.


RE: Really?
By BRB29 on 7/26/2013 1:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yes because most people dont have a wii, xbox, ps3, appleTV or the plethora of other devices you can stream youtube on. Not to mention they all have remotes.


Most people I know have more than one TV but only 1 console or none at all. Nobody would pick to watch a movie on a computer vs a TV sitting on the couch. Only tech nerds would would build an HTPC for the living room TV.

I would buy chromecast as well because I don't want to put my console in the living room. My boom boom room has all the goodies of entertainment and gaming for a single person. My living room has entertainment for multiple people and chromecast is appropriate there.


RE: Really?
By Piiman on 7/27/2013 11:06:08 AM , Rating: 1
"Nobody would pick to watch a movie on a computer vs a TV sitting on the couch. "
Geezzz another person that thinks they know what "EVERYONE" would or should do. I have no problem watching a movie on my PC sitting in my LazyBoy recliners. I even think it looks better on my PC. Go figure.


RE: Really?
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/27/2013 12:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Geezzz another person that thinks they know what "EVERYONE" would or should do.
That's pretty common for him....


RE: Really?
By AntiM on 7/26/2013 10:41:53 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, but I guess it depends on what you want the device to do.
HTPC ~$400
Chromecast stick $35

I built an HTPC, but the majority of the time, I end up watching YT videos and an occasional DVD.


RE: Really?
By JKflipflop98 on 7/28/2013 11:02:19 PM , Rating: 2
I put a quad-tuner HD cablecard in mine. Building an HTPC is one of the best things I ever did.


RE: Really?
By bug77 on 7/26/2013 10:47:10 AM , Rating: 2
To each his own, I guess.

In any case, we're talking a wireless router and a TV as the minimum required hardware. Then you can choose to add a HTPC or a phone/tablet using MHL or a phone/tablet+Chromecast. Theoretically, you could stream through a phone/tablet over 4G, but at current rates, I'll leave that option aside.
To me, the smart TV option still looks better than the others. Just because it's simpler (where available).


RE: Really?
By retrospooty on 7/26/2013 11:18:34 AM , Rating: 2
That, and most connected device have it too. My TiVo and ps3 can stream netflix, and amazon... The TiVo ui is awful, but ps3 is pretty good. Its a great option for those that don't, or those that suck. Also portable and cheap enough to buy just in case you wind up somewhere and need it... Business trips etc...


RE: Really?
By Nortel on 7/26/13, Rating: 0
RE: Really?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2013 1:23:38 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah because you can totally build a HTPC for $35. Good point.
Its just as portable too!

Please think before you post


RE: Really?
By bsd228 on 7/26/2013 2:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yeah because you can totally build a HTPC for $35. Good point. Its just as portable too! Please think before you post


Many of us use old hardware for that sort of thing, so the depreciated value is effectively zero. Definitely consumes more power, less portable, but also more versatile.

I didn't get a chance to see the featurelist before it sold out, but it still looks like a pretty compelling $35 buy. The key want for me would be the ability to pay content off the home network NAS. I already have many (costing more than $35) devices that will play netflix.


RE: Really?
By BRB29 on 7/26/13, Rating: 0
"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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