iPhone and iPad

Google Play Movies and TV Hits iOS, But You Can’t Buy Stuff

Mihir Patkar 17-01-2014

It’s been just over a year since Google first unveiled its new Google Play platform Google Announces Google Play: A New Cloud-Based Service For Google Apps, Music, Movies & Books [News] Read More of books, music, movies and TV shows. And while Android users have been enjoying the service’s many benefits, iOS users have been getting it in trickles. First it was books, then music and now, finally, Google Play Movies and TV has made its way to the App Store.


The biggest reason to rejoice with this is that you can finally watch a whole lot of cool movies through Chromecast Google Chromecast Review and Giveaway We're giving away a Google Chromecast, so read through our review, then join the competition to win! Read More , as Gizmodo so aptly puts it. Until now, users who have an iPhone or iPad could only send Netflix and Hulu to the big screen via Chromecast, which meant not having access to most of the latest movies. But all that changes with the Google Play, which lets you rent or purchase movies and stream them to your TV with the little dongle.


However, there are still a few restrictions. First, you cannot purchase any movies or TV shows via the app on iOS as this violates Apple’s term and conditions. Instead, you will have to use an Android device or a web browser to make that purchase.

Second, the Google Play Movies and TV app for iOS works only via Wi-Fi, so if you had plans of using your 4G network for this, think again. And there’s no way to save the video for offline viewing either.

You can download the iOS Google Play Movies and TV app from the iTunes App Store for free.


Source: Google Play Twitter, Gizmodo

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  1. Jeo
    January 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    This is stupid. So I need 2 devices to watch something on an iPad from Google Play.

    Memo to Google: I'm not going to buy an Android device, so if you're going to offer functionality and services, offer ALL the functionality on the iPad.

    • andrew
      January 17, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      This seems like less of a Google problem and far more of an Apple problem.

      This is also why Chrome on iOS is garbage compared to all other forms of Chrome.

    • Justin P
      January 18, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Apple wants a cut of anything sold in an app on their system. Google doesn't want to pay. You don't need an Android device, though: you can buy things with the browser on your iOS device, or your computer. It sucks, but it's all they can do without handing their margins over to Apple.