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Google Drops Free Netflix Promo After Chromecast Device Sales Surge

One day after launching the promotion, Google said it has stopped offering three free months of Netflix service to users who purchase the Chromecast streaming-video adapter for TVs, after unexpectedly high demand for the $35 devices.

Google announced Chromecast on Wednesday at an ayem press conference in San Francisco. By Thursday morning, Amazon.com and BestBuy.com were out of stock and the Google Play store listed a three- to four-week wait for shipping.

“Due to overwhelming demand for Chromecast devices since launch, the 3-month Netflix promotion (which was available in limited quantities) is no longer available,” Google said in a statement.

According to Google, customers who placed orders placed prior to 1 p.m. Pacific on July 25 will receive their promotion code for the Netflix free service once their order ships. The end of the promotion was previously reported by the Los Angeles Times.

SEE ALSO: Google Unveils Chromecast, New Video Device for TVs

A Netflix rep declined to comment, referring questions to Google.

Chromecast, a Wi-Fi-enabled device that plugs into the HDMI port of a television, initially provides streaming YouTube and Netflix video as well as content purchased through Google Play. Users control the dongle via apps for smartphones or tablets, or from a computer running Google’s Chrome browser.

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