Over the past couple of years Google Play Movies has become one of the leading sources for buying and renting movies and television shows, and today it’s getting some big updates.
First of all, Play Movies now has access to 4K content, meaning you can buy movies for your new 4K TV and host them on your Google account. For now this is limited to the USA and Canada, but eventually, the higher resolution content should roll out to many of Google’s 117 supported countries. Of course, that high-resolution content is going to require compatible hardware in order to work. Google says that the Chromecast Ultra, Xiaomi Mi Box 3, and Sony’s Android TV-powered Bravia 4K TVs will all stream 4K.
If you own a Chromecast Ultra, there’s also the added perk of a free 4K movie. Anyone who purchases and activates a Chromecast Ultra by December 31st will be eligible for that offer, and it can be redeemed through the end of April. That offer is also only valid in the US and Canada.
Starting today, Google Play Movies now offers more than 125 movies in 4K resolution, using VP9, so that you can enjoy them in the highest quality. Starting in the U.S. and Canada, you can purchase 4K movies on your Android device or on the web and stream them on your Chromecast Ultra, your Sony Bravia Android TV, or your Xiaomi Mi Box 3. And for anyone who buys a new Chromecast Ultra, your first 4K movie is on us! Choose from select titles, including Ghostbusters and Captain Phillips.*
Right now Google’s selection of 4K titles is limited, but it includes highlights such as Star Trek: Beyond and Captain Phillips. Pricing for 4K movies lands at $29.99 a piece.
Google has also finally released an official Play Movies app for the new Daydream VR platform, as well as Samsung’s 2016 4K TVs.