One has to wonder: what's the point of a sale on a proverbially cheap item? And the obvious answer is, it's five bucks you wouldn't have otherwise had. So it is with Google's Chromecast streaming HDMI dongle, which has once again gone on sale at both Amazon and Best Buy. You can pick one up for $29.99 at either retailer, with free shipping for Prime members at the former and free shipping for everyone at the latter.


If you happen to be a member of Amazon's Student program, you can qualify for even more discounts. The total cost of the Chromecast for Amazon Student members is just $24.98, a full ten bucks off the $35 retail price. (Best Buy previously featured student-only discounts on the Chromecast, but it looks like it's the same price for everyone at the moment.) That's the cheapest that we've ever seen the Chromecast, so if you've got a free HDMI port on your TV and a little pocket money jingling in your jeans, there's no reason not to pick one up. We have no indication of when the discounted price will go back up this time.

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The Chromecast is still a little light on app support - aside from Google's own properties, you can stream Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, VEVO, Red Bull TV, Songza, Plex, PostTV, Viki, and RealPlayer Cloud from Android. Of course the device can "cast" from any desktop or laptop running the Chrome browser. If the recent uptick in app support is any indication, its capability may be dramatically expanded soon.

Google Chromecast - Best Buy, Amazon

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Deeco

    Able to order to the UK?

    • Olivier Zanchetta

      Seriously, why is this not sold everywhere? Please, please, please

    • David J

      I bought mine off Amazon UK, slightly more expensive but still works flawlessly.

  • Casper

    Also BeyondPod

  • Marcus Clendenin-Bey

    The Amazon Student offer says it expires at 11:59 p.m. PDT on February 1, 2014. I'm not sure if that's when the whole sale ends as well

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

      Do you have a link to the order? I am trying to find a landing page for the promo itself but can't find it anywhere.

      • Marcus Clendenin-Bey

        If you go to the Amazon page there's a link right under the Used Prices that says Amazon Student offer

        • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

          Weird, I can't see it. Maybe it is not showing since I bought the student deal last time it was available... Did you buy it last time?

          • Robb Nunya

            I bought it last time, and can see the link, but can't use the code.

  • Damon Lewis

    Amazon won't ship it to Australia :(

    • Leonardo Farage Freitas

      They won't ship anywhere but US and Canada =/ Hate this!

      • Robb Nunya

        'Merica! (bangs head)

    • Alex Garcia

      Buy it through fishpond dot com dot au. Delivered for AUD$45.00 last Friday. Prices may vary due to the exchange rate.

  • unhappybirthday

    The irony is that you cannot watch Amazon Prime content. No Android-based client and Chrome tab casting Amazon Prime is laggy with audio synch problems. This is after you disable Silverlight in Chrome (which doesn't cast at all) to force Amazon Prime to play over Flash.

    • Erstam

      Just playing devil's advocate here, but there is a client for Google TV (which is android) and the kindle fires (which are android). But yes. None in the play store.

      • unhappybirthday

        Hopefully it appears when Google fully opens Chromecast development. Currently it is open to "special partners". It's possible the terms of this were not acceptable to Amazon.

        • Erstam

          I have visions of many great things for chromecast this year. Hopefully this is one of them!

        • challenge_accepted

          No android app

  • th3m4ri0

    Is there any way to get it in Canada at a reasonable price ?

    • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo


    • Robb Nunya

      Well... we could finally Annex you...

  • andy

    Unisen iPazzPort Cast is a mini engine to turn your Home HD Screen become a All Media Sharing Center with full screen by Smart phone or table.

  • DaveC

    google's latest update turned this into a brick. Last week I could stream anything full screen from any site using my laptop. With the update only partner sites stream full screen. No value here.