YouTube TV is now celebrating the recent launch of its 4K Plus tier by offering existing subscribers a free Chromecast with Google TV streaming device. While the promotion is clearly designed to upsell existing users to the more expensive 4K package, subscribers are free to take advantage of the offer without paying anything more each month.
YouTube TV has always only offered one live TV streaming package and that’s still the case today. However, the service did recently announce a new 4K Plus add-on, priced at $20 per month. Not only does the add-on open up 4K playback, but it also allows downloading videos to watch offline, and significantly increases the number of simultaneous streams that can be used at the same time, but only at home.
Now, YouTube TV is in the process of sending out emails to existing subscribers offering them a free Chromecast with Google TV. This is the company’s latest version of Chromecast and comes with 4K support, is powered by Google TV, and even has its own remote control. The email specifically states that the promotion is in light of the recent 4K Plus tier launch.
While the emails are designed to coincide with the new add-on and even encourage the subscriber to upgrade to take full advantage of the Chromecast’s 4K support, there’s no requirement to do so. In other words, the free Chromecast can be redeemed regardless of whether already upgraded to 4K Plus or intending to do so in the future.
Getting a free Chromecast from YouTube TV
For those looking to secure a free Chromecast, the first hurdle is probably the hardest – the email. YouTube TV is sending out the offer to existing members and the email is the only way the free device can be secured. Essentially, the email includes a link that leads through to the Google Store and discounts the device when checking out. If a user does not receive an email with the offer, then it is likely they are not eligible for a free Chromecast with Google TV.
For those who have yet to get the email, that doesn’t mean they won’t. Although it also doesn’t mean they will. The service has a habit of sending out emails to targeted users and it is not often clear what the criteria is, if anything. In this case, YouTube TV seems to be focusing on “loyal” members, although subscribers should not assume that the age of their subscription is directly tied to the likelihood of getting the free Chromecast.