Google has started sell a new bundle that gives you some premium entertainment to match the company’s Chromecast streaming gadget. For $64.99 you get both the Chromecast with Google TV and three months of HBO Max. The device usually retails for $49.99 and the HBO Max Max ad-free tier costs $14.99 per month, so you basically get two months of the service for free.
As usual with this sort of thing, the deal is only available to new HBO Max subscribers; existing customers are out of luck. Google is offering the bundle starting today and will be available for the rest of the year. The company limits each customer/Google account to three devices, but it’s not like you can stack the HBO Max offer, so there’s not much of a reason to buy more than one.
Google will also continue to offer a Chromecast and Netflix bundle for $84.99. That combo includes six months of Netflix’s standard two-screen streaming plan. Oddly enough, it seems that the HBO Max deal is only available with the white Chromecast, but the Netflix bundle is also available with the pink and blue colors.
The Chromecast 2020 remains our favorite overall streaming device, thanks to Google TV’s excellent recommendations and robust app support. And the company continues to refine that experience; After adding kid profiles a few months ago this week, this week Google added the option to manually clear content from the “continue watching” queue, which can sometimes continue to show shows and movies you’ve already completed.