Google Play Movies update arrives, lets HD movie owners access SD downloads

by: Andrew GrushDecember 5, 2013

Google Play Movies

On Wednesday a new update for Google Play Movies arrived to the Play Store, bringing several bugfixes and improving video stream performance for KitKat devices.

The biggest change in the update is that you can now download the SD version of movies even if you previously have purchased an HD copy. This could come in handy during those times that you are running low on physical storage space and rock a device like the HTC One or Nexus 5 that has no microSD slot.

As many of us have multiple Android devices, it’s also possible that at least one of your handsets or tablets might not have an HD display — making the SD version a more logical choice.

Anyhow, here’s the full change-log of what to expect:

  • Get your content offline faster – now HD movies and shows may be downloaded in HD or SD.
  • Fixed Error 31 issue affecting some devices during playback.
  • Improved video streaming performance for select KitKat devices.
  • Additional bugfixes.

To grab the update for yourself, you’ll want to head on over to Google Play.

  • Trivera

    Is there a way to do the opposite? I bought a tv season in sd because i wasn’tsure my device supported hd, and i didn’t want to buy it if it didn’t. Since my device can support hd, is there a way to pay the difference between the prices and get it in hd?

    • MagicMan

      I was talking to somebody at Google about that. I bought a movie in SD and wanted to get the HD version. He was going to try and get me a refund, but because it’s been over a year since the purchase, I was stuck.

      I suggested what you were talking about. Hopefully Google listens.

      • Drew Ciccotelli

        This question is something that needs to be revisited.

      • Lasse Øksbro

        You get a free movie :)