SUNDAY TIMES - Google launches Play Movies service in South Africa
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Sunday Times News By Staff Reporter, 2016-02-18

Google launches Play Movies service in South Africa

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014.
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Hot on the heels of Netflix announcing its arrival on our shores, Google has announced that Google Play Movies is now available in South Africa.

According to Google, you will be able to stream movies to watch instantly on your tablet, phone and laptop (via a browser) or download the movie to watch offline. Rented movies have an expiration date, purchased movies do not.

Other African countries that now have access to Google Play Movies include Angola, Botswana, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

However, South Africans will have to wait for their favourite TV shows to be added to the mix. According to Google, TV series are currently only available to users in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the UK and the US.

Last month, Netflix, the world's largest streaming video provider finally extended its service to South Africa. The launch however was bittersweet, as it emerged that certain hit shows such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, would not be available.

Other streaming services available in South Africa include ShowMax, Hong Kong service ONTAPtv.com and MTN's VU.

 

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How to Watch Google Play Movies

On Android mobile devices (tablet/phone) - Open the Play Store and choose ‘Movies’. You can watch films immediately or downloaded them to watch later offline. You can also download the Google Play Movies App.

iOS mobile devices (iPad/iPhone) – You'll need to download the Google Play Movies app from the App Store. You can watch films immediately or download them.

On the web – You can buy or rent movies on the Google Play store. You can also use Chromebook to download movies to watch when you don't have an Internet connection.