Movie purchases and magazines now available on Google Play in Canada

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Oct 292012

Google may have canceled its Android event scheduled for today but it appears that some things that might have made it into today’s announcement are still being rolled out. Canadians (and Australians) now have the ability to buy movies through Google Play. Only rentals had been possible earlier.

Google Play movie purchases

Most recent releases look to be on sale for CA$19.99 for SD versions and CA$24.99 for HD versions. Looking through, it appears that purchase prices go as low as CA$7.99 for older movies or movies on sale (like some Halloween movies). Not all movies are available for purchase though. Rental prices remain unchanged in the CA$2.99 to CA$5.99 range.

Canada still does not have access to magazines, music and TV shows.

Update: Magazines are now also available in Canada. Individual issues as well as subscriptions are available. Prices vary by magazines.

Google Play magazine purchase

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Apple iOS 6 to ship without YouTube app

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Aug 062012

AppleFirst, Apple dropped Google Maps from iOS 6 in favour of its own app. Apple today also confirmed that the upcoming version of its mobile operating system will also ship without a YouTube app. In a statement to The Verge, Apple explained that its YouTube license ran out and was not extended:

Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store.

As the statement indicates, iOS users will still be able to access YouTube via the web and eventually through a new YouTube application to be available through the App Store.

It’s not clear from Apple’s statement whether it decided to not renew the license. It would be highly unlikely that Google would have decided not to allow Apple to renew it, suggesting that Apple simply decided to let the license lapse. Aside from saving itself licensing costs, the move also allows it to further distance itself from Google.

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BlackBerry PlayBook Video Store now available in Canada

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Jul 252012

Research In Motion launched its BlackBerry PlayBook Video Store in the US earlier this year. Good news for Canadians today as the PlayBook app has finally made it north of the border and is now available from BlackBerry App World.

“The BlackBerry Video Store offers a catalog of thousands of movies and TV shows with new releases available for purchase or rent. With the Video Store, customers have the option of streaming a trailer before making a purchase decision, and can also begin watching media as soon as they start to download a file. They won’t have to wait for the entire file to transfer before they can begin enjoying great entertainment on the tablet’s high resolution display or on an HDTV using the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet’s HDMI output.”

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook Video Store

A quick look showed rentals falling in the CA$5 range and movie purchases around the CA$20 mark.

It’s likely that negotiations over digital rights to the content offered are the main reason that the Canadian launch took place a number of months after the US one. RIM would not be the first to launch such a service first in the US and then have to renegotiate the offering for a different country.

BlackBerry PlayBook Video Store requires Tablet OS 2.0.1 or higher.

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At the Sony Entertainment Network services media event

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Apr 292012

Sony Canada this week held a media event in Toronto to launch its Sony Entertainment Network which now spans music, movies, games and user created media. Essentially it is a “portal for all of your digital entertainment needs. Movies, music and games across multiple devices (Sony and non-Sony) from one convenient account.” It consists of four key services: Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited, PlayStation Network, and the just launched PlayMemories storage service. It comes at a time when consumers increasingly look for streaming content on a variety of devices from televisions to tablets and smartphones, said Dan Phillips, Director of Television Marketing, Sony of Canada.

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Services overview

PlayStation Network is the venerable gaming platform-focused portion of the service. It is accessible via the PlayStation 3 as well as PlayStation portable devices such as the recently launched PS Vita. It offers multiplayer gaming, downloadable content, as well the PlayStation Plus subscription which offers more. There is also the PlayStation Home virtual world where you can interact with other PlayStation players.

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YouTube movie rental service now available in Canada

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Sep 012011

YouTube today announced that its movie rental service is now available in Canada (joining the US service). It promises everything from local Canadian hits to the latest global blockbusters. Most rentals will cost CA$3.99 or CA$4.99 but there is also a selection of free movies. Once rented, you will have 30 days to start the movie and 48 hours from the time you started it to finish it.

But your experience doesn’t need to end there because there’s always more to get into on YouTube. Many movie pages feature YouTube Movie Extras – free behind-the-scenes videos, cast interviews, parodies, clips and remixes from YouTube’s unique community of content creators. Over time we’ll also be adding additional videos and features to YouTube Movie Extras so that you can get even more into movies on YouTube.

A quick glance shows that YouTube offers more recent movies than competitor Netflix Canada which launched last fall and offers unlimited rentals for a flat monthly fee of CA$7.99 but a catalog that could do with better and more recent movies.

You will find YouTube’s Canadian movie rentals at

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Upcoming Amazon tablet to offer free streaming video?

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Jun 162011


Amazon’s rumoured high-end Android tablet continues to take on more characteristics of a full-blown tablet. According to a report from investment firm Detwiler Fenton, it will be capable of streaming video and will come bundled with a promotional video service offer. It is likely to be none other than its Amazon Instant Video service which is already offered to Amazon Prime customers. The device will also apparently sport a 10.1-inch display.

The report also suggests that the Amazon “Hollywood” tablet will launch later this year and sell for around US$399 “to create enough of a pricing differential between it and the iPad.” Smaller tablets with less powerful devices are also planned (lending credence to earlier rumours).

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Google I/O 2011: Google announces movie rental and music services

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May 102011


As part of its first Google I/O 2011 keynote, Google announced two new services: Movie rentals through the Android Market and Music Beta by Google, a digital locker and streaming service.

Much as it did with Books recently, Google will offer movie rentals through the Android Market. It will be possible to stream or download (by ‘pinning’) the movies to your Android devices. Rentals will start at US$1.99 and you will have 24 hours to watch the movie within a 30-day rental period.

A new Movie apps will be available for tablets starting with Android 3.1 and for smartphones with Android 2.2 and up.

Music Beta by Google will let you upload and access your music collection (up to 20,000 songs for now) from any Android device as well as Macs and PCs. With no major studio support, it is unfortunately limited to what you upload. As with movie rentals, you can pin your music to download it to your device of choice to have it available when there is no connectivity. I’ll let the video below explain it:

Google Music is currently in beta and requires an invitation for access. It is free for now but Google has suggested that it will not always be so (although a free entry-level option may remain).

Wal-Mart retires movie download service

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Dec 282007

Wal-Mart quietly shut down its movie download service on December 21, 2007, about a year after launching it. The decision does not appear to be Wal-Mart’s alone though as its technology partner in the project, Hewlett-Packard, decided to discontinue the service as it did not perform “as expected.”

Those who purchased movies through the service will be allowed to keep them as long as they remain on the computer on which they were purchased (one more reason to hate DRM!).

Source: Engadget

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