Google Ends Netflix/Chromecast Promotion Citing "Overwhelming Demand"
July 26, 2013 9:36 AM
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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
. 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
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.
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Article error (besides title)
7/26/2013 12:04:57 PM
"...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.
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