Google Play Now Loaded with TV Shows, Mags, More

While announcing its Nexus 7 tablet and the Nexus Q "social" streaming media player, Google also revamped its storefront with a new stockpile of items for your consuming pleasure. Namely, Google customers can now actually purchase movies and television shows, and stream them to the updated Google Play Movies & TV app for Android smartphones and tablets.

Prices for digital purchases are similar to what's offered on Amazon and iTunes. For example, Disney's John Carter costs $14.99 USD to purchase, and $3.99 to rent. Hellboy, which was released back in 2004, will set Android owners back $7.99 to purchase, and $2.99 to rent. Season of the Witch, released back in 2011, costs $9.99 to own and $2.99 to rent.

"Google Play is your digital entertainment destination, with more than 600,000 apps and games plus music, movies and books," the company said in a blog. "It’s entirely cloud-based, which means all of your content is always available across all of your devices. Today our store is expanding to include magazines. We’ve been working with leading publishers Condé Nast, Hearst, Meredith and more to offer magazines like House Beautiful, Men’s Health, Shape and WIRED."

"You can play back movies and TV shows on all your Android devices, through Google Play on the web, and on YouTube, and soon we’ll bring the experience to Google TV devices," Google added.

In addition to the updated Movies & TV section, Google has also added a new Magazines section. Consumers can purchase a magazine by the issue, or actually subscribe via Google Play. As an example, Game Informer costs $4.99 per issue, but Google also provides a monthly subscription for $1.99, and a yearly subscription for $19.99. All magazines can be read on an Android tablet and smartphone via the new Google Play Magazines app.

As for the Devices section, Google has officially included its tasty Nexus 7 tablet, available now for pre-order at $199 (8 GB) and $249 (16 GB). The ball-like Nexus Q social media streaming player is available for $299. Both new gadgets will ship within two to three weeks.

Google's move to stockpile its storefront with new virtual goods obviously compliments the two new products debuting at Google I/O 2012. But it's also a highly needed move as both Amazon and Apple bolster their own multimedia offerings for their individual devices. Out of the three, Google is the last to offer purchasable video and magazines. This will undoubtedly put a hurting on Amazon's attempts to corner the Android market, but unlikely to put a dent in Apple's current reign as King of the Tablets.

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  • It doesn't have to be better than iPad to compete. It just has to sell. Thats takes a potential buyer off the market. Duh.
  • ..."This will undoubtedly put a hurting on Amazon's attempts to corner the Android market, but unlikely to put a dent in Apple's current reign as King of the Tablets."

    Obvious attempt to start a flame war here, as opening up the Play market has nothing to do with being a king of the tablet, or whatever Kevin is trying to sell here. It's about content, not physical hardware. He could have referred to the AppStore in comparison to this, but even that would be pointless, because at this moment both markets have a vast content, you would be very hard pressed to find something on one of them without finding something similar on the other one.
    Therefore, while the first half of the phrase kinda is on topic, the second part is pure trolling. Not cool, Kevin!
  • Was seriously hoping for better prices. While I find Amazon Prime's "free" streaming content a bit lacking, at least it's there. Will Google provide a similar sub-set of "free" streaming content if you, say, pay per year for Google's services? (like drive, music, etc.?). Otherwise, I'm entirely unimpressed with current pricings. I'm happy to pay for things where there's value (or conversely pass them by when they are not at the right price). These prices aren't really knocking my socks off.