Update hits Play Movies, lets users save videos in low resolution to save space, increase download speed

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A new version of Google Play Movies now allows users to stream video in standard definition even if the user had purchased the HD version of the movie. Previously, users were forced to download the massive video file of HD content— now, more options are presented.

You’re most likely asking: why would I watch the standard definition version of a video after purchasing the HD version? Well now, having the choice of which version to watch lets you save storage space if it’s running low, especially if your device doesn’t support microSD storage.

There isn’t anything else too major in the update, but it’s still noteworthy that Google is providing another option to users looking to stream media to their devices. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store.

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[Deal] Buy a Chromecast and get a free Google Play movie

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Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. » Read the rest

Best Android video player applications [November 2013]

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Not only do our Android devices make great MP3 players, but they make great portable home theaters, too. With the resolutions on many devices competing with the televisions in most people’s living rooms, they’re great choices for watching movies and TV shows on.

Most Android devices will bunch any movies, TV shows, or just home videos into your gallery application with your pictures and downloaded images. That’s generally not an ideal place for organizing them, and to make things worse, you’d only be able to watch the videos in the built-in video viewing application. More often than not, the stock app is lacking in many features or just can’t play all of the formats you may have your videos encoded in. Fortunately for you, this guide is going to go over the top 5 applications to make your video watching experience that much better. » Read the rest

Google adds info cards to Play Movies app

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Google loves their info cards they introduced with Google Now, and they love giving you access to more information in your media, like what we’ve seen in the Sound Search widget in Jelly Bean. Well, if you’re a big movie watcher, Google’s implemented a nice little surprise for you.

Whenever you’re watching a movie and you’re curious about the actor on screen or the music playing in the movie at that moment, you can simply pause your video and a handful of info cards will pop up on screen to give you actor names, other movies the actors have been in, song names, etc. Tapping the actor’s face will even give you his (or her) full biography. Resuming the movie or show will cause the info cards to disappear until you pause again. Right now the info cards won’t show up on every single movie you watch, but Google says the list is quite large and they’re adding to it every day.

Sound interested? Just update to the latest Play Movies and TV app and start playing around with it. This will give you a great excuse to catch up on all those movies you’ve been itching to see.

source: Android Official Blog

Google Play gets in a romantic mood with sales on Valentine’s Day movie collection

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Need a quick idea for a special Valentine’s Day date? Why not rent several romantic movies from Google Play and spend a night in with that special someone? Google’s got a large collection of romantic movies on sale pretty cheap this week to help you get together that perfect date. You can rent some movies for as low as $1.99, or buy them and hang on to them for next year. Google’s got your back. Hit the source below to check out all the movies they’re offering.

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XBMC 12 ‘Frodo’ Beta 2 now available for Android devices

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The award-winning free and open source media player and entertainment hub XBMC 12 has hit its second beta today, allowing eager Android users to test out the new software. The updated version offers a plethora of enhancements, including audio tweaks, bug fixes and improved support for the Xbox 360 gaming controller.

To get in on the action, users will need to ensure that their device is compatible with Neon processor code, something that most recent handsets support. Unfortunately, there are a slew of issues present in Android 4.2, though they are planned to be addressed in the next build. You can read more information at the source, as well as download the official .apk below.

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Play Store Music and Movies coming to Google TV devices in the UK, Germany, France and more next week

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Google has just announced the impending availability of Play Store Music and Movies for Google TV users in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Canada and Australia. Beginning November 13th, users in these countries will be able to rent or purchase movies, as well as browse hundreds of thousands of songs via Google’s official marketplace.

This news will undoubtedly come as a much welcomed addition to the company’s vast array of content. There’s still no official word on why it took this long for the content to make its way to other countries, though we’re sure it had something to do with pesky licensing agreements. So, what shows, movies or music are you looking forward to?

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Sky’s Now TV Launches on Android, Brings Streaming Movies to Folks in the UK

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Here’s some cool news for you UK readers, and only you UK readers. NOW TV’s streaming movie service is now available for Android devices and will allow you to stream movies whenever and wherever you want. If you have the “Sky Movie Pass” you can stream unlimited movies all day long and there is even a nifty “Play to Play” option for those of you who are afraid of commitments. Speaking of commitments, you can sign up right now for a free 30-day trial to see if this is something you can get down with. Pretty sweet, huh?

The Now TV app is now available in Google Play and brings access to a boat-load of great movie titles.  Hit either of the links below to get started.

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Australia Finally Gains Access to Movie Rentals Through the Google Play Store and YouTube

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Great news for you Aussie folks! Google Australia’s blog recently announced the availability of movies for rent through the Google Play Store and even YouTube. Previously this option wasn’t available to Australian Android users but as of yesterday they now have access to thousands of movies from both U.S. movie studios and Australian studios alike. Rental pricing starts at $3.99 for standard definition titles and $4.99 for High-def movies. New release flicks are going to cost a buck more for both the standard and HD versions of the movie. Once you click on that “rent” button you will have 30 days to begin watching your rental and once it has begun you only get 48 hours to complete your selection. To check out the titles that are available go ahead and visit both the Play Store and YouTube.

source: Google.au
via: Android Police

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