Google Play Movies and TV: A Comprehensive Guide

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Google is known for its customer-centric services like Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Play Music, Chrome OS, and Chrome Browser. But when the whole world is shifting to online video streaming services, how can Google be not a part of this? In fact, it has been a part of Video-On-Demand service industry for a long time; Meet Google Play Movies & TV. In this blog, you’ll get to know everything about Google Play Movies & TV: its features, content, availability, and offers. Happy reading.

What is Google Play Movies & TV?

Google Play Movies & TV is a Video on Demand service available on Android and Apple devices (Movies & TV app), browsers, Chromebook and Smart TVs. You can either buy or rent a movie or TV show on Google Play Movies & TV.

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Google Movies was launched in May 2011, which got rebranded into Google Play Movies in March 2012. At that time, only movies were available on this platform. Later on, Google decided to add TV shows into its catalogue and that’s how ‘Google Play Movies’ became ‘Google Play Movies & TV’.

While TV shows are only available in a few select countries, Google Play Movies are available in over 110 countries all over the world. In India, Google Play Movies was first introduced in March 2013 and has been growing in terms of content since then.

What Content Can I Watch On Google Play Movies & TV?

You can enjoy some of the most popular and latest movies and TV shows on Google Play Movies & TV. Regularly updated Movies and TV shows catalogue is a big plus for Google Play Movies & TV.

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Google Play Movies

You have a whole catalogue of movies ranging from the genres of Animation and comedy to horror and sci-fi & fantasy. Moreover, you can enjoy movies from your country as they have a separate genre for it. For example, if you’re accessing Google Play Movies from India, then you will find ‘Indian Cinema’ under the ‘Genres’ menu.

Google Play Movies Availability: Movies are available in over 110 countries including  Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and India.

Popular Google Play Movies

  1. Bohemian Rhapsody
  2. Zero (Bollywood)
  3. A Star is Born
  4. Venom
  5. Avengers: Infinity War

Google Play TV

Same as Google Play Movies, there is a huge catalogue of popular and latest TV shows from various networks. You will find a TV show worth binge-watching according to your taste. From dead-serious drama like Breaking Bad to a light-hearted comedy like Rick and Morty, a huge library of TV show content is available for you.

Google Play TV shows Availability: TV shows along with movies are available only in 9 countries: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and United States.

Popular Google Play TV Shows

  1. Game Of Thrones
  2. Breaking Bad
  3. Rick and Morty
  4. Riverdale
  5. Friends

How Can I Rent Or Buy A Movie or TV Show?

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If you’re interested in purchasing or renting a Movie or a TV show on Google Play Movies & TV, just follow the steps written below.

  1. Open the app or go to the Google Play Movies & TV website. Browse the movie or TV show you wish to watch.
  2. Once you’ve selected the content, click on the title. This will lead you to the detail page of that movie or TV show.
  3. You’ll see two buttons, one for renting and another for purchasing the content. Click on the one you prefer and proceed.
  4. A Dialogue box will open with multiple options for SD and HD version of the movie or TV show. Choose the one you prefer and continue.
  5. Pay the amount for the chosen content and enjoy it on your device.

Note: The rented movies and TV shows will expire in 48 hours once you start watching the content. Otherwise, you can access the rented movies and TV show anytime in 30 days after the payment.

What Are The Features Of Google Play Movies & TV?

Apart from a considerably huge library of content, you’ll find some important features in Google Play Movies & TV’s User Interface that contributes to its overall smooth User Experience.

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Comprehensive Characterization: The first thing that you’ll notice on Google Play Movies & TV home page is how well the content is grouped. For example, the movies that are available for rental at only INR 25 are grouped under a single title of ‘Rentals For Only 25’.

Wishlist: Some of the movies or TV show might not be available on Google Play Movies & TV. With the ‘wishlist’ feature, you can browse such content and place them in your wishlist. You will be notified once the content in your wishlist becomes available.

Parental Guide: If you don’t want your children to watch the movies and TV shows with explicit content, then ‘Parental Guide’ will be really helpful for you. Simply select the ‘Family’ from the genres of Movies or TV shows and you’ll be redirected to a page full of family-friendly content.

Offline Downloading: You can download a purchased movie or TV show on up to 5 devices with the same account. However, in case of rentals, you can only download the content on 1 device at a time. Computers running Microsoft Windows or Mac OS can not download the content.

Multiple Audio and Captions: Some of the movies and TV shows on Google Play Movies & TV are available with multiple audio languages. Subtitles are also available for some movies and TV shows in multiple languages. You can toggle between languages of audio and subtitles as per your preference. 

HD Playback: Most of the movies on Google Play Movies & TV are available in HD quality. However, you can also opt for Standard Quality (SD), if available. 4K Ultra HD picture quality is also available for some videos which you can search by simply typing ‘4K’ in the search bar.

Videos From Streaming Apps (US Only): You can browse the content from supported streaming services you subscribe to. You can add the other streaming services in your Google Play Movies & TV app by going inside ‘Manage Services’ from the menu.

  • Supported streaming apps: Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Now, HBO Go, CBS, Starz, Showtime, ABC, Fox Now, NBC, The CW, Crackle, Showtime Anytime, History, Disney Now, Lifetime, A&E, Tubi TV, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, HGTV, Food Network, BET Now, Max Go, DIY Network, Travel Channel, Cooking Chann

Which Devices Support Google Play Movies & TV?

Computers: You can directly visit the Google Play website to watch movies and TV shows. Alternatively, you can also use Google Play extension for Chrome web browser.

Smartphones: You need to download the Google Play Movies & TV app for Android or iOS according to the device you wish to watch the content on.

Smart TVs:  You can enjoy movies and TV shows on Android TV, Roku TV, LG smart TV, Samsung smart TV, and Vizio Internet Apps Plus Smart TV.

Media Players: Apple TV supports Google Play Movies & TV.

Streaming Devices: Google Chromecast supports Google Play Movies & TV.

Is Google Play Movies & TV Really Popular?

Play Store: Installs- 1,000,000,000+  |  Rating- 3.7 by 10,37,471 Users

iTunes: Installs- N/A  |  Rating- 2.8 by 51Users

Availibilty: Over 110 countries

Google Play Movies & TV – Is It Worth The Bucks?

Undoubtedly, the content on Google Play Movies & Tv is rich in variety and genres. One can spend a whole day binge-watching the movies and TV shows on Google Play Movies & TV. But, this might not suit everyone. You would love to spend your time and money on Google Play Movies & TV if:

  1. All you want is to watch the latest movies on a single platform.
  2. You have no problem with renting or purchasing content.
  3. You are too comfortable with the Google ecosystem. 


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