Google's new Chromecast with Google TV is a $ 50 streaming media player that combines the convenience of a Chromecast device with all of the features you'd expect from a set-top box like a Roku or Fire TV.
One area where it differs from the other $ 50 streamers from Roku, Amazon, and TiVo is its tight integration with Google's own YouTube TV live TV streaming service. By flipping the Live tab in the Google TV user interface, you can quickly and seamlessly access all of YouTube TV's content, including on-screen instructions and all of the shows on your DVR.
So it's no wonder that Google is now using a free Chromecast offer with Google TV to attract new subscribers to YouTube TV.
Now if you go to https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/, you'll be greeted by a pop-up that says, "Try YouTube TV for free and get a Chromecast with us!"
This sure sounds like not only getting the Chromecast for free, but also getting YouTube TV for free, but the fine print makes it clear that this is not entirely true.
Once you agree to the YouTube TV free trial and make your first monthly payment of $ 65, you'll receive the free Chromecast.
Oh, and it's only for first-time YouTube TV subscriptions. This is what I can check: when I clicked through to sign up, I was not offered this promotion.
That caveat aside, it's still good business. Basically, you get an extremely desirable streaming media player and a month of YouTube TV (which typically costs $ 115 for just $ 65. And even if you don't like YouTube TV and want to cancel after that initial payment, the Chromecast is yours to keep.
Is there a catch? The only thing we can think of is that the "while supplies last" portion of the offer may not last long. Google has already sold out all editions of the new Chromecast with the exception of the color snow (white).
There is also a kind of waiting period. When you sign up, you get instant access to the free trial version of YouTube TV. To get the free Chromecast, you'll have to wait until the end of your first month, pay the initial $ 65 monthly fee, and then receive an email with a link to redeem your free Chromecast voucher code.