A pessimist would probably be quick to point out so many deals on a three-month-old gadget generally imply weaker-than-anticipated sales. But that’s really Google’s problem. As far as we’re concerned, it’s hard to not get psyched about a tiny, redesigned, faster-than-before digital media player essentially available for free.
You read that right, free, as in requiring you to pay $0 for the second-generation Chromecast and various services at the end of the day. Of course, you still need to cough up $35 upfront. But then, 20 bucks will be returned to you in the form of Play Store credit, and you’ll be able to save an additional $12 in two-month CBS All Access content.
Finally, a gratis movie rental can be redeemed by December 31, and titles on offer include such relatively recent box-office hits and critical darlings as American Sniper, Unbroken, Pacific Rim, Fifty Shades of Grey, John Wick, Still Alice, Interstellar, and Fury.
Once you crunch all the numbers, you’ll realize Google is in fact paying you to use their Chromecast TV 2, as long as you remember to take up the search giant on all its special offers in due course. The free pass to CBS All Access will be good between December 26 and February 6, and though it doesn’t grant e-admittance to any sporting events, it’ll let you stream all the Good Wife, 2 Broke Girls, Supergirl, Big Bang Theory, Scorpion, NCIS, CSI, and Late Show with Stephen Colbert you can handle… for 60 days.