Chromecast was announced by Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) on July 24, and seemed almost too good to be true for its price. And it was. After announcing that they were providing three free months of Netflix with the device, Google canceled the offer roughly 24 hours later.
For $35, Google offers Chromecast, an HDMI dongle capable of streaming Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and YouTube to modern television sets with other apps on the way, like Pandora (NYSE:P) internet radio. For about 24 hours following its announcement, early birds also got three months of Netflix, and the Chromecast sold out online, with some trickling into Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) across the U.S., slightly ahead of the device’s official June 28 arrival.
Google rescinded the offer, telling the Los Angeles Times that the promotion was canceled due to “overwhelming demand.” However, mention of the offer currently remains on the company’s blog, where they announce the Chromecast as well as the updated Nexus 7 tablet computer.
Best Buy is still advertising Chromecast, which is again available for purchase online, as bundled with the Netflix offer, as of this writing. The International Business Times has reached out to both Best Buy and Google to clarify their positions on the offer. As of this writing, purchases from BestBuy.com still automatically include the three-month Netflix offer in the cart.