These are the offers that we received via the Chromecast in the Consumerist Cave.

Google Giving Away Free Stuff To New & Current Chromecast Users

In less than a year and a half, Google’s Chromecast has gone from nothing to being the #2 video streaming device sold to U.S. consumers, largely because of its $35 price tag. Now with Amazon — another newcomer into this market — rolling out its comparable $39 Fire TV stick, Google is throwing in freebies to new and current Chromecast users. [More]

Roku, Apple TV Losing Ground To Chromecast & Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices

Roku, Apple TV Losing Ground To Chromecast & Amazon Fire TV Streaming Devices

A year ago, Roku and Apple TV dominated the market for streaming video devices, accounting for nearly 75% of all video streaming products sold in the U.S. in 2013. But in the last 16 months, Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV devices have stolen a significant chunk of Apple and Roku’s business. [More]

Amazon recently announced a more compact version of its Fire TV, which already accounts for 1-in-10 streaming devices sold in 2014.

Amazon Announces Fire TV Stick To Compete With Chromecast

Where there once was plenty of room on the streaming TV field, things are now getting a little bit more crowded, as Amazon has announced a rival to Chromecast. The Fire TV Stick is a dongle similar to other streaming media devices that connects to an HDMI port on HDTVs, and will allow users to watch content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus and more. [More]

Aereo Now Connects To TV Through Chromecast

Aereo Now Connects To TV Through Chromecast

While the future of Aereo is still to be determined by the U.S. Supreme Court, the streaming service’s present just got a little more user-friendly with the ability for Android users to access Aereo through Google’s Chromecast dongle thingy. [More]

Aereo Coming To Chromecast As Supreme Court Ruling Looms

Aereo Coming To Chromecast As Supreme Court Ruling Looms

As streaming-video service Aereo prepares to make its case before the U.S. Supreme Court later this month, it continues on in its effort to expand its audience (who may have their new toy taken away from them if the Supremes rule in favor of the broadcast networks). Today, Aereo announced that it will soon become available via Google’s Chromecast dongle, making it easier for people to see the streamed feeds on their TVs. [More]

Amazon Finally Unveils New fireTV Streaming Thingy. What Is It?

Amazon Finally Unveils New fireTV Streaming Thingy. What Is It?

After years of speculation, reports, and rumors that Amazon was developing some sort of set-top box, the company finally pulled back the curtain on the long-awaited development this morning. It’s called the fireTV and it does just about everything you’d expect a new streaming service to do; perhaps more if your expectations were low. But is it worth it? [More]

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Google Play Saga Becomes A Cautionary Tale For Customer Service Staff

Tim put his faith in Google. He ordered up a Chromecast video streaming device and a Nexus 4 smartphone from the Google Play store, canceling his existing cell phone plan before a planned move. Then his package from Google didn’t come. The Chromecast was backordered, but his phone wasn’t. Still the package didn’t come, even though the phone was supposed to ship separately. [More]

Google Blocks Third-Party Streaming App For Chromecast

Google Blocks Third-Party Streaming App For Chromecast

While Google’s Chromecast video-streaming dongle works just fine with Netflix, YouTube and Google Play content, users who have wanted to stream files that fall outside those approved services have had to use unapproved third-party apps. Given the relative openness of Google’s Android operating system, one might think the company would encourage such apps, but it now appears to be the complete opposite. [More]

Consumer Reports Seems To Enjoy Google Chromecast

While we at Consumerist are saving our $35 for frivolous things like bread and milk, our pals at Consumer Reports went and got themselves one of those fancy new Google Chromecast streaming video dongle thingamabobs. CR’s initial thoughts — it’s a “compelling, innovative option for those who’d like to add online content to their TV.” [ConsumerReports.com]

Google Has Already Ended Netflix/Chromecast Promotion

Google Has Already Ended Netflix/Chromecast Promotion

One of the major selling points for Google’s new Chromecast streaming video dongle was that it initially came with three months of free Netflix service, which saves the customer $21 in monthly fees. But only a day after beginning to take orders, Google has already put an end to that promotion. [More]

Is Google’s Chromecast Streaming Video Dongle Worth Its $35 Price Tag?

Is Google’s Chromecast Streaming Video Dongle Worth Its $35 Price Tag?

Earlier today, Google announced its new Chromecast device, an HDMI dongle that allows users to wirelessly stream video from a computer or wireless device straight to their TV. For some people it may be a low-cost godsend, for others it might be a redundant waste of money. [More]