By: Nick Gambino
While Google Play has been stealthily adding 4K movies to their catalog over the past few weeks only now is the 4K launch officially…official.
Users in both the U.S. and Canada are now privy to over 125 4K titles starting immediately. Now I know you are probably worried about not having the right gadget to take advantage of this feature and I feel you. Google Play is only offering these UHD titles on a few select devices. For now anyway.
“Starting in the U.S. and Canada, you can purchase 4K movies on your Android device or on the web and stream them on your Chromecast Ultra, your Sony Bravia Android TV, or your Xiaomi Mi Box 3,” Google Play Movies & TV Product Manager, Ben Serridge stated in a blog post.
That means you can “buy” the content on your Android device or through your browser but you can only play the 4K content on the Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TV or Xiaomi Mi Box 3.
Hey but if you buy a new Chromecast Ultra this holiday season they’ll throw in a 4K movie for free! And most of the titles available are current blockbuster hits like Star Trek Beyond, The Secret Life of Pets and Ghostbusters. So you’ve got that going for you.
Now obviously having the right set up to take full advantage of the beauty that is 4K is vital. You’ll want to make sure you have a 4K TV capable of displaying the UHD image properly.
Google also just announced that the Google Play Movies & TV app is now available on new Samsung Smart TVs so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before we see 4K capability show up there.
So make it a 4K holiday and buy yourself a Sony Bravia Android TV or Chromecast Ultra and starting digging into the 125+ titles available to you. Or if you’re fine with just regular HD, go pick yourself up a new Samsung Smart TV.
What do you think of 4K coming to the Google Play Movies & TV app? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nick Gambino is a regular script writer and tech beat reporter for NewsWatch. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and daughter.