You might remember that last week saw the news coming through that Chromecast has turned two. As a result, Google was celebrating by offering Chromecast owners a free movie rental on Google Play. Not bad if you happen to own a Chromecast. Well, just because Android TV is not technically Chromecast, does not mean that we haven't been invited to the party. After all, all Android TV devices are Cast enabled and as such it looks like Google is offering Android TV owner's the free movie too. If you did not know this, then follow the simple instructions below to claim your free rental from Play. It's valid until the end of the year, so worth grabbing while it is on offer.
OK, you will need to follow the instructions from a desktop as it does not seem to work from a mobile device. Also you will need to have Chrome installed on your desktop.
First up, head over to this link. This is the Chromecast offer page and once there, you will see the page as displayed below.
Click I Agree and hit Continue. At which point the page below will be displayed.
Here, you will need to click the big blue box which reads "Select Your Device." After which, you will notice the cast button in the top right of the browser page opens showing you the cast devices you have connected. Note: you need to have the Cast plugin installed (get it here) and you need to make sure your Android TV device is powered on and connected to the same network as your desktop.
Simply choose your device and the cast will connect to your Android TV device. At this point, it will show you all the available offers that you currently have. You'll notice that the page lists your connected device, for us, when testing it was the NVIDIA SHIELD. So do not be surprised if your offers are different as they could be dependent on your device. Although, the free movie should be available to all Android TV devices.
At the same time, a screen similar to the one below will appear on your TV screen.
You'll see the top left offer is the celebrate Chromecast birthday deal.
Simply click redeem and follow though and it will take you through to the Play Store and confirm that you have a free movie.
Simples. Happy Chromecast Birthday Android TV owners.