One year ago today, Google launched the Chromecast, a device that regular readers of Techaeris will know is near and dear to my heart. To celebrate one year and over 400 million casts, Google is giving away 90 days of Google Play Music’s All Access subscription service for free. The deal applies to current Chromecast owners and new buyers alike and nets $30 USD in savings to users. If you take those savings into account, the Chromecast only costs you $5 USD out of pocket if you utilize All Access.
In case you aren’t familiar with the Chromecast, it’s an HDMI streaming dongle that allows you to easily watch your favorite content in apps like Netflix, YouTube, WatchESPN, and HBO Go and listen to music and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Google Play Music, and Pocket Casts. Simply plug the device into your flatscreen TV’s HDMI port and power it through the TV’s USB port or by plugging it in through the included AC adapter.
Tap the cast button in an app on your phone or tablet and you’re good to go. Google’s servers do all the hard work of encoding video and audio on the back end, which means that your connection (and Chromecast) do minimal work to bring you your content.
Chromecast is now available in 20 countries worldwide and recently added Android device screen mirroring, as our own Justin Jelinek has reported.
You can CLICK HERE to redeem your All Access offer, at which point you must cast your Chrome browser to your local network’s Chromecast. This offer is not available for people who have ever subscribed or done a free trial of All Access, however.
Do you have a Chromecast? Are you going to take advantage of 3 free months of All Access? Let us know in the comments section below, or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter!
FULL PRESS RELEASE
Today our little one, Chromecast, celebrates a year. We built Chromecast to make it easier for people to enjoy their favorite entertainment from their phone, tablet or laptop on the largest screen in the house—the TV. Since Chromecast launched, people have hit the cast button more than 400 million times to enjoy their favorite sports, music, premium movies and TV shows. We’ve added hundreds of your favorite apps, including WatchESPN, Pandora, Hulu Plus, HBO GO and PBS Kids; announced new features like mirroring your Android device to the TV and expanded to 30,000 stores across 20 countries.
To celebrate Chromecast’s birthday, Google Play Music is offering All Access subscriptions free for 90 days to anyone with a Chromecast (and who isn’t already an All Access subscriber). This offer will be available in the U.S. starting today, July 24, 2014 through September 30, 2014. If you already have a Chromecast, go to chromecast.com/offers to redeem this offer. Visit the Help Center to learn more.
Whether you’re a Chromecast old-timer or just getting started, here are five fun ways to get more out of your TV experience:
Jam out to a summertime playlist
Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or cleaning up around the house, enjoy your favorite summer hits from Google Play Music, Songza or Pandora on your TV.
Watch a video playlist from YouTube
Create a video playlist from the YouTube app and cast it to the TV. Friends can add videos to the queue, so you’ll always have another one on deck.
Cast your photos to the big screen
No more figuring out old-fashioned projectors or huddling around the phone. Cast your photos from your Android phone or tablet so everyone can enjoy those beautiful pics from your camping trip in Yosemite or your sister’s wedding in Hawaii.
Enjoy action-packed live sports in your living room
Tune in to live sports with MLB.TV Premium and MLS Live on Chromecast. And come fall, you can invite your buddies over, pass around the popcorn bowl, and watch college football or NFL’s Monday Night Football with the WatchESPN app on the living room TV.
Work up a sweat
With apps like Daily Burn on the rise, it’s easier than ever to work out at home. But can you really do downward-facing dog while holding your tablet? Cast your workout so you can truly get a good morning sweat session in.
We’re not done yet. In the coming months, we’ll be making more updates, like the ability to allow others to cast to your TV without needing to be on the same WiFi network, and a customizable homescreen with personal photos or beautiful art. Your Chromecast will be automatically updated with these new features once they’re available.
Happy birthday, Chromecast. Here’s to another great year ahead!
Posted by Mario Queiroz, proud papa of Chromecast