Google launches Android Market movie rentals

Android users can now rent movies to watch on their smartphones or tablets
Adam Smith

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Google has graced the UK with its movie rentals scheme via Android Market.

The mobile movies service has been available in the US since the spring, and has now been rolled out to our shores.

The move comes after last week’s launch of the Movies channel on YouTube, the pay-per-view rental service (although some films are free, they’re only older, less popular flicks).

Android Market Movies offers the same line up of films at the same prices as seen on YouTube, with films costing either £2.49 or £3.49 to rent.

Once rented, you have a month to watch the movie, although when you’ve started playing it, that time period is shortened down to 48 hours.

Before you can watch films, however, you’ll need to download the player app to your Android device.

Old classics and new releases are highlighted on the Movie Marketplace, with featured films including the likes of Reservoir Dogs and Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, alongside the more contemporary Priest and re-telling of Red Riding Hood.

Current top rentals include Fast Five and Green Lantern, along with Senna, a documentary examining the life of the famous Formula 1 driver who tragically died in a crash at Imola.

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