Chromecast freebie alert: $80 trove includes Sesame Street Go, Qello concerts, and Drama Fever

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Google’s offering $80 in freebies to Chromecast buyers, with Sesame Street Go, a free movie, and Google Play Music among the giveaways worth grabbing.

The blue light special is for anyone who picks up a Chromecast through April 19. The Sesame Street Go promo runs for three months after you redeem it, and gives you access to all of the kid-friendly program’s shows, videos, and several games.

If you’re a cinephile and want to branch out beyond Hollywood you may enjoy the three-month trial of DramaFever, which streams international films. 

Concert lovers may enjoy the 30-day trial of Qello Concerts, a streaming service with a substantial catalogue of live concert films and music documentaries.

Google’s also tossing out a few door prizes to its own ecosystem, such as enough Google Play credit to rent a movie, and 90 days of its Play Music streaming service.

To redeem any of these, you’ll need to have your Chromecast connected to your Wi-fi network, then launch the Chromecast offers page in a browser.

These deals aren't just for new Chromecast buyers. If you already own a Chromecast, you'll want to hit that offers page to grab some free stuff for yourself.

The story behind the story: Google wants to boost the Chromecast userbase, and throwing in freebies is a good way to lure more buyers for its $35 streaming stick. The more people out there with a Chromecast, the better leverage Google has when negotiating contracts with content providers. The company doesn’t want to miss out on big-time packages like HBO Now, which is launching as an exclusive to Apple devices.

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