Google Hands Out Freebies To Celebrate Chromecast's Birthday

Someone fetch the party favors and candles, we have a birthday to celebrate. Google's streaming Chromecast dongle just turned two years old, but don't worry about bringing gifts to the celebration. Just as Google did when the Chromecast turned one, the company is flipping the script and giving away goodies to anyone who owns or purchases the HDMI stick.

For Chromecast's first birthday, Google gave away three months of Google Play Music All Access (now just Google Play Music, thankfully), about a $30 value based on the service's $9.99 per month subscription fee. This time around, Google is renewing the offer and throwing in a free Google Play movie rental, each of which can be redeemed separately.

Chromecast Birthday

You have until December 31, 2015 to buy and setup your Chromecast in order to redeem the free movie rental, while the 90 days of unlimited music from Google Play must be redeemed by January 1, 2016. What's especially nice about the offers is that between the two, they essentially negate the cost of a Chromecast, which normally sells for $35. And if you keep your eyes peeled, you can often find it on sale for a few bucks less -- Walmart is currently selling Chromecast for $30.

There's a lot of competition in the streaming space, though two years after its release, Chromecast is still a contender. Unlike other electronic devices that can feel dated a couple of years down the line, Chromecast has actually improved with more robust app selection (hello Showtime and Starz) and feature upgrades (hello TV remote). There's also a $15 Ethernet adapter option, which came out earlier this month.

In any event, you can go here to redeem the offers.