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Google offering new Chromecast devices with bundled HBO Max trial

Google TV brings a new interactive menu to refreshed Chromecast devices for the first time. (Photo: Google/Handout)

Starting this week, Google is offering customers the chance to bundle AT&T WarnerMedia’s streaming service HBO Max with the purchase of a new Chromecast with Google TV device.

The bundle comes at a cost of $65 and includes one Chromecast with Google TV device packaged with three free months of HBO Max’s commercial-free plan.

By itself, the Chromecast with Google TV dongle retails for $50, while the commercial-free version of HBO Max costs $15 a month. Viewed another way, customers are paying the normal price for a Chromecast with Google TV dongle and pre-paying for one month of HBO Max up front, then getting two months of the streaming service for free.

The special Chromecast with Google TV and HBO Max bundle is available exclusively through Google’s online store. The three free months of HBO Max is available only to new subscribers of the service.

HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s blockbuster streaming service, offering HBO original programming, documentaries and licensed movies alongside an expansive catalog of programs from Warner Bros., the Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and other content producers.

The Chromecast with Google TV is the next generation of Google’s streaming television dongle. It includes an updated version of the company’s Android TV operating system and offers a Google Assistant-powered remote control — a first for a Chromecast device.

In addition to HBO Max, the Chromecast with Google TV supports thousands of other streaming video apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Apple TV Plus, Showtime, Starz, Comcast’s Peacock, Paramount Plus, Sling TV, Philo, YouTube TV, Fubo TV and more.

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