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Chromecast is reportedly available on 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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By piroroadkill on 7/26/2013 10:21:29 AM , Rating: -1
I'd build a HTPC sooner than get a "smart" (read: stupid) TV or some pointless low powered and limited stick.

In fact, I'm thoroughly awaiting the time I build an HTPC for my own house.

I guess people don't want to do even the smallest things for themselves any longer.

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
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
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
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
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