April 26, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
Add another country to the list of nations that support Google Play Movies. Google has announced today that customers in Australia can now rent movies from the Play Store. The announcement follows rollouts in France and the United Kingdom, showing that Google is finally making progress – however small it may be – in rolling out its service globally.
Play Movies is an on-demand rental service that streams movies to Android phones or tablets. Price and selection varies in different countries, but it’s typically a mix of old films, international blockbusters, and some home-grown produced content as well. In the case of Australia, their are hits like Moneyball and Bourne Ultimatum, as well as the locally-made Snowtown and Chopper.
Android users can rent Play Movies for $3.99 to $6.99 depending on the age of the film. New releases are $5.99 for Standard Definition and $6.99 for High Definition. Older films rent for $3.99 and $4.99 for SD and HD respectively. (All prices in AUD.)
Renters have 30 days to start watching the film, but the viewer has only 48 hours to view the film once play has started. The app can download a film for temporary cache, so it can work if you need some entertainment while on a plane on long trip.
Head to Google Play if you’ve been itching to rent on your mobile. Please be aware that you cannot access Play movies if you have a rooted device.