updated 05:47 pm EDT, Thu July 25, 2013
Three-month free membership to streamer available for only 28 hours
Citing "overwhelming demand" for the newly-introduced Chromecast network video receiver, the search engine has ceased the promotion offering a three-month free Netflix subscription to buyers of the new device. The device's first allocations at Amazon.com and BestBuy.com's online store are completely sold out, with a current pre-order wait time of three to four weeks.
"Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the three-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available," Google told the LA Times in a statement. The offer lasted for only 28 hours before Google called it depleted, and no longer available.
The move may anger early buyers who saw the promotion as a hedge against any possible teething issues with the new (and not yet reviewed) device. The small USB drive-like device is seen as an economy option compared to similar set-top boxes from Roku and Apple, though both of the latter companies offer more features, easier management and richer content libraries than the fledgling Chromecast, albeit at a higher price.