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Android Film Rental Launched In UK

David Gilbert


Android Film Rental Service

Earlier this month, YouTube extended its film rental offering to the UK and now Google has done the same with its Android service.

UK residents will now be able to rent over 1,000 film titles directly from their Android smartphone or tablet via a new Video app which can now be downloaded from the Android Market. The service has been operating in the US since May.

Like the YouTube variant, the Android service will give film fans access to films including new releases and films from British studios costing from £2.49 per film.

Android Film Rental service

As with the YouTube service, users will get 30 days to begin watching the titles once rented, and 48 hours to complete viewing once started. Films can also be rented via the web here and users will have access to the title on any device a user is logged into during the rental period.

This launch follows that of Google Books in the UK earlier this month and reports suggest Google is almost ready to unveil its music offering to rival Apple’s iTunes.

While the service is nothing revolutionary, it does at least offer UK film fans the same services available to our US cousins.


October 21, 2011, 7:57 pm

A film is supposed to be watched on the big screen not the other way around, size matters in this department. If you can make a phone last longer than 2 days then the idea of watching a film on ya phone might just work but I think I will save my power for something a bit more use full thank you.


October 21, 2011, 10:47 pm

So that explains why the UK Galaxy Nexus only has a non-expandable 16GB Flash.. they want you to rent their movies and not carry your own.

peter 27

October 21, 2011, 11:35 pm

If you've rooted your phone this wont work because of some agreement google had to sign with the studios to prevent piracy


October 23, 2011, 6:37 pm

Google has a problem with android and services like this due to the fact that more technically inclined audience who know where to get this kind of service today. Even then watching movies on smaller, cheaper phones is pointless and in more expensive market they have to content with Apple who are masters of making money of people's stupidity (which this rental service is to be honest).

On tablet this service makes a lot of sense but again, if you went for an android chances are you are technically inclined to some degree and know one or more ways to do this same thing cheaper, more reliably, and on all android devices sine a lot of us root android phones to get rid of all the bloatware manufacturers and/or providers put on them (I hate HTC for this even though i have their phone. Rooted of course)

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