Whoops! Google quickly ends free Netflix promo for Chromecast

When Google announced on Wednesday that it was selling its Chromecast streaming TV dongle for $35, the company also threw in a nice incentive: Three free months of Netflix, which normally would cost roughly $24. That promotion is now dead, thanks to the early but massive sales for the Chomecast.

The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to a statement from Google, "Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available." Indeed, the Google Play website is currently showing that orders for Chromecast made today won't go out for three or four weeks. Other sites, like BestBuy.com and Amazon.com, have sold out of their allocations for the Chromecast. Best Buy is scheduled to start selling the dongle in its retail store on Sunday.

It would appear that Google's latest attempt to enter the TV world is an early success, at least in terms of sales. As we reported earlier, Google claims that Chromecast is not supposed to be a replacement for their earlier, and lackluster, Google TV OS and indeed the company says it hopes to allow for Chromecast to connect to Google TV devices.

Source: Los Angeles Times | Image via Google

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Grinch said,
I'm not understanding the "Whoops!" part of the title. What's so "whoops" about them removing the promo?

Yeah. Like the author was all, this is a great and funny title when really it was pulled not because of a mistake but because it ran out. No sense in advertising something you can't supply.

ccoltmanm said,

Yeah. Like the author was all, this is a great and funny title when really it was pulled not because of a mistake but because it ran out. No sense in advertising something you can't supply.


It would be interesting,to know how many they have already supplied...

I subscribe to Netflix. Free shipping no tax on Amazon (for a little while longer) made the Chromecast effectively $11. That's in "why the **** not" territory.

lol, it was basically a free Chrome Stick (or whatever it is called, i'm drunk) for people that already used Netflix anyway.. So, it was a pretty epic deal..

Fus10n said,
lol, it was basically a free Chrome Stick (or whatever it is called, i'm drunk) for people that already used Netflix anyway.. So, it was a pretty epic deal..

Dongle?

Fus10n said,
lol, it was basically a free Chrome Stick (or whatever it is called, i'm drunk) for people that already used Netflix anyway.. So, it was a pretty epic deal..
Lay off the booze man before commenting.

Fus10n said,
lol, it was basically a free Chrome Stick (or whatever it is called, i'm drunk) for people that already used Netflix anyway.. So, it was a pretty epic deal..

Did that promo include existing customers? I figured it would of only been for new customers at which point it wouldn't of done anything for them. Also some of them might not of wanted the Netflix anyways although it is a nice bonus.

I got my Netflix promo code in an email this morning. Also my Chromecast shipped, which is nice since Google originally said it was back-ordered until August 2nd.