Many people expecting free Netflix with their Chromecast purchase got a rude awakening when Google axed the deal shortly after the dongle was made available. And it turns out some users who even bought Chromecast the day of might not be eligible for the limited time offer.
According to Amazon’s own product page, consumers who purchased Chromecast prior to 5:31 p.m. PST on July 24 will get a Netflix gift code via email soon. Anyone who managed to get the device after the oddly specific time won’t get to partake in the deal. If you justified your purchase with the three free months of streaming, well, you paid full price, my friend. Getting free Netflix was a delightful perk of buying Google’s experimental media player, but sadly it was gone as quickly as it came.
Fortunately, those who purchased Chromecast through Google Play are provided a bigger window; Google will provide free Netflix to those who purchased the device before 1 p.m. PST on July 25. Amazon didn’t even start selling the streamer until around 1:30 p.m. PST the day it was announced, so buyers only got a very brief window—Google Play buyers are getting better treatment it seems.
Those that are eligible for the offer should receive an email shortly after their Chromecast ships—hopefully you didn’t go through Amazon and purchase the device at 5:32 p.m. PST.