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Android Market to offer movie rentals

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Android Market to offer movie rentals
Google's Android OS has quickly matched the seemingly unbeatable iOS. But their one shortcoming has been the lack of music and movie support in the Android Market, to match the established and polished iTunes storefront.

But Android users are one step closer, now that Google has announced a movie rental service through the Android Market. Rentals begin at US$1.99, but new releases appear to be $3.99 each.

In addition to streaming the films, you can also "pin" them, meaning that you can temporarily save them to your device for offline viewing. While it's still no iTunes, the Android Movie Market appears to have a wealth of new releases and old favorites.

But the question remains: Are you really interested in renting movies for your mobile device? Obviously, tablet-owners will get greater enjoyment, but they make up a relatively small segment of the total Android population. So perhaps Google is just planning ahead for when their tablet market share grows.

source: Android Market via Android and Me

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posted on 10 May 2011, 12:40 4

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Hey I travel a lot. For me to have this on my Android phone or Honeycomb tablet is a blessing. I can see how this will release stress & just give me the ability to kick back and relax. This is a great thing & I am so happy that they added this feature. Everyone who travels a lot on business will understand where I am coming from! Google strikes again. Good job Google.

posted on 10 May 2011, 12:45 2

2. celljrod (Posts: 82; Member since: 07 Apr 2011)


Now we just need a working Netflix app.

posted on 10 May 2011, 12:47 1

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4416; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Agreed, but it's a start!

posted on 10 May 2011, 20:55 1

12. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


u know, the iphone has had this for about three years, but if android had had this and iphone hadnt, it would be the number one hedline

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:27 3

4. phbelov (Posts: 122; Member since: 25 Mar 2011)


Again, available only for the USA :(

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:39

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I know D;

posted on 10 May 2011, 13:53

6. ralphyd (unregistered)


Does anyine know if this service will let you stream the movie from your device to a TV via an hdmi cable? I know samsungs media hub service does not.

posted on 10 May 2011, 14:19

7. android_hitman (Posts: 666; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


of course you can stream it over a TV if you have a HDMI cable or any other means of streaming

posted on 10 May 2011, 14:56

8. Owlet (Posts: 447; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)


When is it going to be available?

posted on 10 May 2011, 14:56

9. dammonXain (unregistered)


Well, if I can rent it, and watch it on the computer or on the device (or start at one and finish on the other) then that would be the way to go!! Hopefully...

posted on 10 May 2011, 19:41

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7182; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, first you talk about how awesome iTunes is, and then you say "but do you Android users REALLY want this service that iTunes offers?"

posted on 10 May 2011, 19:55

11. hellopeople (Posts: 16; Member since: 10 May 2011)


itunes already has this, android is just a bunch of copycats!

posted on 10 May 2011, 23:19

13. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


haha u r so right!

posted on 11 May 2011, 14:00 3

14. And? (unregistered)


What a dumbass statement. So they SHOULDN'T add movie rentals to the list of services offered on Android? No wait cause then that just would make Android inferior since iOS has more services, right?

Do you people get your rocks off arguing this shit all day long? It's a damn phone, tech companies "copy" each other all the time. I could list at least ten things Android did before the iPhone, but this is such a douchebag argument- it DOESN'T matter. Some of yall are worse than Xbox/PS3 fans.

Competition is good for everyone, as are new services and hardware/software improvements. Get over it.

posted on 12 May 2011, 19:02

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


ouch, that hurts

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 05:49

16. kelvin.chen28 (unregistered)


yeah that was very nice article about the latest news ... thank you..http://www.themovie.ws

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