UPDATE: Just in case the technically unreleased new Chromecast didn't feel affordable enough at a pretty much guaranteed $49.99 list price in the US, Google appears to have prematurely revealed a spectacular deal sweetener that could be available right off the bat.
Namely, it looks like early buyers of the 4K and HDR-supporting Chromecast with Google TV will get six free months of Netflix... at least in Canada. Incredibly enough, the promotion will seemingly be valid for both new and existing subscribers of the world's most popular video streaming platform, although it's obviously unclear if the special offer will also extend stateside and in other global markets.
free Netflix access on the "Standard Streaming" plan, which costs $12.99 a month in the US and CAD 13.99 a month in Canada. By the way, it also looks like the upgraded Chromecast itself is set to be priced at 69 Canadian Dollars, down from $90 for the comparable Chromecast Ultra released back in 2016. Our original story follows below.Unsurprisingly, those looking to purchase the Google TV-running Chromecast up north between later today, September 30, and December 31, 2021, will be granted
If you thought Google did a bad job keeping the 5G-enabled Pixel 5 handset a secret ahead of a still highly anticipated announcement event scheduled to take place Wednesday, September 30, wait until you hear what just happened with the search giant's upcoming streaming dongle.
Codenamed Sabrina and expected for a good few months now to give Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K a run for its money, this bad boy is apparently already available in (select) Home Depot stores across the nation. The only problem with that is the product hasn't been officially unveiled yet, instead undoubtedly looking at a formal launch alongside the Pixel 5, 4a (5G), and Nest Audio smart speaker later this week.
Incredibly enough, several different people have even managed to pick up early copies of the "Chromecast with Google TV", leaving the aforementioned retailer after spending a measly $49.99. Keep in mind that the diminutive digital media player can't be purchased online just yet, and even offline, being able to buy one of these puppies before they're properly released is simply a matter of luck.
In other words, not all physical Home Depot locations have the redesigned and upgraded Chromecast in stock right now, although that's obviously set to change in the very near future. Accompanied by a handy remote codenamed Abbey, "Sabrina" is prepared to match the state-of-the-art 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Vision technologies of Amazon's priciest Fire TV Stick variant at the moment, which also happens to cost 50 bucks.
As the apparent official moniker suggests, the new Chromecast with Google TV will come with a rebranded version of the current Android TV platform on the software side of things including native access to everything from Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and yes, Amazon Prime Video to Spotify, YouTube, and YouTube TV.
Prematurely made available in a white hue marketed as "snow", the oval-shaped video streamer is also expected to sport black and pink finishes to take on the black-only Fire TV Stick 4K. Naturally, Google Assistant integration should play a key role in snatching customers away from Amazon, although the e-commerce giant's Alexa voice remote is no pushover either when it comes to living room convenience.