Free Netflix Is So Overwhelmingly Popular, Chromecast Had To Stop Offering It

Both Amazon and BestBuy are out of the $35 dongle, and you'll have to wait a month for it on Google Play.

Twenty-four hours after its launch, Google's Chromecast deal with Netflix, giving anyone who bought the dongle a free three months of Netflix, has been nixed. The reason? The service was just too popular.

Amazon and BestBuy have both already sold out of the $35 dongle, and there is a wait of up to one month on the Google Play store.

"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 Los Angeles Times in a statement. It later clarified that anyone who bought the web-to-TV gizmo that Google so hopes will be an Apple TV-killer before the promotion ran out would still get their 90 days of Netflix.

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  • Jeff

    This makes no sense. They added the deal in order to sell devices--yet it being "too popular" caused them to pull it? I'd keep the deal on there, take whatever financial hit they may take with Netflix, and put even more units in homes, if they really want to compete.

  • Matthew Bonk

    I think it being so popular was the point. With being so popular, they did not need to spend the promotion money for free Netflix. people are buying it anyway