Google is expanding its movie-rental activity bit by bit and, after reaching France last month, Google movie rentals have now arrived in Australia. This means Australians can now rent thousands of movies from the Movies page on YouTube Australia or from Google Play Movies, including films from Walt Disney, Sony Pictures and NBCUniversal, as well as from local distributors such as Roadshow Films, Icon Film Distribution and Hopscotch.
As usual, to watch movies on your computer, simply direct your browser to Google Play Movies or YouTube and rent your desired movie. On smartphones and tablets, you can rent movies from the Google Play Store, and watch them on the Google Play Movies app. You can also download the movie onto your device to watch without an internet connection.
If you want to rent a new release, it will cost $5.99 for standard definition and $6.99 for high definition. Regular titles are $3.99 for SD and $4.99 for HD. Once you’ve rented a movie, you have 30 days to begin watching it. Once you’ve begun, you have 48 hours to finish before the rental expires. This is true for most movies, according to Google, and there appear to be some exceptions to the rule.
The service’s expansion to Australia is a good sign for non-US/Canada/UK residents, and means that we too might get to enjoy what Google Play has to offer aside from the Google Play Store for Android apps. Do you use Google Play to rent movies? Would you use it if it became available in your area?
Source: Google Australia Blog