Just a little while ago we had found out that Google was offering $25 in Google Play credits to those who buy a Nexus 7 from the Google Play Store. Now it looks like Google is tempting people to buy a Chromecast by offering a free HD movie rental when they purchase a Chromecast from the Google Play Store. Now this deal shouldn’t, alone, make you want to buy a Chromecast. It’s essentially a $35 HDMI streaming stick.
The Chromecast was announced back in July along with the Nexus 7 (2013). It was one of those things that none of us saw coming. It’s essentially just a HDMI streaming device from Google that does, surprisingly, run Android. But it’s a bit more than that. The Chromecast SDK is due out very soon, so we’ll start seeing more apps. But right now, it supports Netflix, Google Play Music, Google Play Movies & TV, Hulu+, HBO Go, and Pandora. We’re hoping to see more apps available for the Chromecast very soon like Plex, which will allow you stream stuff from your laptop over your WiFi network to your TV. The Chromecast is the start of something bit, I believe. I’m just hoping that Google doesn’t kick this to the side, like they have with so many other products. Anyone remember Google TV? I haven’t heard much about that in quite a while.
This Chromecast deal ends on March 31st, and your free credit must be used by then or it’ll be wasted. Similar to the Nexus 7 deal, this one is only valid to those in the US and Canada. Sorry, everyone outside of the US and Canada, but as usual you get to miss out on the fun. Hopefully, Google will soon realize that the world is more than just the US and Canada.