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Google offering three free movies for Chromebook owners

Are you a Chromebook owner? You may be elidgible for three free movie downloads, courtesy of Google.

Published onNovember 9, 2015

Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority

Just two days ago, we reported that Google was once again giving out free Google Play credits to owners of Android TV or Chromecast devices. Now Google is continuing to reward owners of their products by offering three free movies to anyone who owns a Chromebook.

What movies are available?

The list is limited but eclectic. It should have something to offer for most tastes. The list likely varies, but if you’re a U.S. user who owns a Chromebook, you’ll probably get your pick of three of the following:

  • Charlotte’s Web (2006)
  • Clueless
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Flashdance
  • Footloose
  • Forrest Gump
  • Mean Girls
  • Mission Impossible
  • Mission Impossible II
  • Mission Impossible III
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • The Last Airbender
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Okay, what’s the catch?

My grandfather used to say that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. I learned very quickly that free lunches are all over the place, they just tend to be congealed, lukewarm spaghetti with dry sheetcake on the side. What he should have said was there’s no such thing as a really really awesome free lunch.

In keeping with this credo, these movies are only available in standard definition. Back in 2004 this probably wouldn’t have been an issue, but HD quality is pretty much the “standard” these days. Also, the promotional page claims that this offer is only good for Chromebooks purchased between November 8th and January 16th. However, some people have reported that they’ve been able to redeem their movies on much older Chromebooks. So yeah, the list is limited and the quality is mid-tier, but it’s hard to complain about party favors. Better to accept a freebie with open palms than to gripe about the shortcomings of something you don’t pay a dime for.

What’s your pick?

If you’ve got a Chromebook, new or old, you might as well check out the promotion and see if you can snag a few of these movies. What are your top three from this list? I’d probably have to go for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Forrest Gump, and Mean Girls.

What? Don’t judge me. Mean Girls is a well-written movie. Be sure to let us know what you pick in the comments below. 

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