When Google rebranded Android Market as the Google Play, it seems it really wanted users to play more rented movies on their Android devices. Upon securing deals with several major movie studios, the most recent being the deal that saw 500 movies from Paramount Pictures heading to Google Play and YouTube, the latest licensing deal sees Google and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cozying up together to bring an additional 600 of the legendary studio’s movies to Google’s video vault.
The partnership between Google and MGM means that some classic movie titles like “Terminator”, “Rocky” and “Robocop” will be available for rent on Google Play and YouTube in North America. The typical rent fee is $1.99 for older movies, while for the newer ones the price is set at $3.99.
With MGM joining Paramount Pictures, Universal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros, and Disney — and coupled with some independent studios like Lions Gate and Weinstein Company — there are now about 10,000 movie titles that users can rent via Google. This somewhat evens the playing field between Google Play and other heavyweights in the industry, such as Netflix, iTunes and Amazon. Of course, getting 20th Century Fox on board would really be the icing on the movie streaming cake, but this may not happen anytime soon seeing that the CEO Rupert Murdoch still has a beef with Google.
Are you excited that you can now rent “Terminator” series on the go and replay the “I’ll be back” scene ad nauseam? Do you rent movies at all from Google Play? Share your experience with our readers below.
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Maybe if it was available in Australia.
… or Europe