4K movies are starting to show up on Google Play but extra detail may come at a steep price

In a move that many have been expecting for a while now, Google has started populating the Play Movies store with 4K video content.

A few weeks ago when Google launched the 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra, the Play Store had no video content that could make use of the new device. In soccer terms, the Google's movie platform was caught offside by the company's own hardware. According to several Reddit users, the first 4K Movies are finally being added to Google Play. At the moment, there aren't too many movies that you can download in 4K, which leads us to believe that the final launch has yet to happen.

Still, even with a small sample size, by looking at the few titles which are available in 4K/UHD, it becomes obvious that high-resolution video comes at an equally high price. For example, The Fifth Element, a movie that costs $12.99 in HD resolution, is priced at $24.99 in 4K/UHD. That's quite of a price bump, but hey, all of that extra detail may well be worth the price.

At the moment, it looks like users cannot upgrade to the 4K version of the movie if they've already paid for a lower-res variant. Also, some movies are listed as available in 4K but purchases are currently blocked. Hopefully, Google will sort out these issues before 4K video officially reaches its platform.

What do you guys think, would you get the HD variant of your favorite movie or pay double for the 4K version?

source: Reddit



1. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Are these in proper bitrate( 100 Mbps or so) or just compressed crap like youtube( 4-5 Mbps) for 4k. Compressed 4k looks worse than good 1080p.

2. gamerRO25

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

They are expensive.. better buy the blueray version

5. ozgur781sen

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

You can just torrent the movies lol

6. monoke

Posts: 1173; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Shhh... If u have 100+ gb for 1 movie laying around your laptop then sure have at it! Lol.

3. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Every video service currently only offers heavily compressed formats. These movies will most likely be encoded using Google's 4K compression tech. That probably means only 1-3GB for your standard movie compared to 10-20GB for a standard 1080p movie on Blu-ray.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm personally content with 1080p. I hope they remove the SD option from the Play Store and drop the HD video prices to the lower formally SD standard pricing.

9. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Same thing I just said lol. If I could like your comment a 100x I would

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Ill just stick to my 4k bluray player and 4k bluray movies. Nothing beats physical formats

10. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Amen. Try telling that to the PS4Pro rationalizers

8. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Got damn that's a lot. Let's do away with the SD option, it's unnecessary imo and just an excuse to jack up the price of HD. HD is the norm now and has been for a while

11. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I would rather have a quality 30gb-80gb MKV of the UHD movie with Dolby Atmos 7.1 or DTS: X encoded in the file. I recommend getting a cloud network drive with a large Hard Drive capacity. I have a 12TB Network server and almost filling up :-P

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