Google Play Movies Now Live In India

After bringing Books and Devices to Indian users, Google has also brought Play Movies to one of its biggest markets. Play Books went live just a couple of weeks back, and Play Devices went live the other day. With the launch of Play Movies, I assume Music won’t be too far now.

Google Play Movies India

As it goes, you can Rent or Buy the titles. And you can rent or buy an SD version of the title, or a HD version. Renting is good for 48 hours from the time you start watching the movie. You should do so within 30 days from the purchase of the rental.

Google Play Movies India

Purchasing a movie will let you watch it on any compatible product, or on the web. By ‘compatible’, Google is meaning there are DRM restrictions. To watch it, you have to either watch on an authorized device, or go online with the said device (most probably an Android device with Play Store, or on the web, aka your PC/Laptop). Aka, there is DRM. I don’t like this.

Said information from Google Play TOS for your perusal.

9. Movies and TV Shows on Google Play

Introduction. Google Play includes certain video services, which are defined as the “Video Services”.  In these Terms Products made available for purchase through the Video Services are “Video Products”.

Cancellation.  You can cancel your purchase of a Video Product and get a refund for an unwatched rental as long as the request is made within 7 working days beginning with the day after your order.  Requests for refunds for any other reason must be directed through the form in the Google Play help center. Google reserves the right to approve or deny refund requests after 7 working days at its sole discretion (except where the Video Product is defective, in which case paragraph 6 will apply).

Purchase Options.  When you order a Video Product through the Service, you may either (i) rent the Video Product for viewing an unlimited number of times during the period of time specified on the transaction page displayed at the time of your payment (“Viewing Period“) and noted in your confirmation email (“Rental Video Product”) or (ii) purchase the Video Product for storage in a digital locker and for viewing an unlimited number of times as long as Google and the applicable copyright holder have rights to provide you that Video Product in the digital locker (“Locker Video Product”).

Viewing Periods – Rentals.  Pausing, stopping, or rewinding a Rental Video Product will not extend your applicable Viewing Period for that Rental Video Product.  Each item of Rental Video Product may have a different Viewing Period and you agree to review the Viewing Period before you order it.

Viewing Periods – Purchases.  Each Locker Video Product will be available for unlimited viewing for as long as Google is able to maintain the rights to continue providing you that Locker Video Product (“Locker Period”).  Pausing, stopping, or rewinding an item of Locker Video Product will not extend the Locker Period.  Each item of Locker Pay Content may have a different Locker Period.

Viewing requirements.  You agree to watch each Video Product only within territories within which Google makes the relevant Video Product available for viewing. You may view Video Products when (1) online, with an internet connection and logged onto your Google account or (2) offline and viewing from a previously authorized Device.  You must be online to authorize a Device for viewing Video Products.

Device Limits – Rentals.  For each purchased Rental Video Product, you may watch such Rental Video Product on only one Device at a time (either online or on an authorized offline Device).

Viewing Limits – Purchases.  For Locker Video Products, (1) you may view only one stream of each Locker Video Product at a time, (2) you may view up to 3 streams of Locker Video Products from your locker at a time, (3) you may authorize up to 5 Devices for offline playback of Locker Video Products at a time and to authorize additional devices, you must de-authorize one of those 5 Devices, (4) you may only authorize the same Device three times in any 12 month period and de-authorize the same Device twice in any 12 month period, (5) you may only de-authorize a total of 2 Devices for offline playback every 90 days, and (6) you may authorize no more than 3 Google accounts on the same Device.

So, will you buy movies or at least rent them from Google Play?

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