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Despite Australia's historically diverse movie industry, up until recently, Aussies found Google's Play and YouTube services devoid of films available to them.

But no more! As of late yesterday, Australian Google users can access both the Movies page on Google Play and the YouTube counterpart. They'll have access to countless movies, both from US studios (e.g. The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Village Roadshow Pictures and Lionsgate) and from Australian producers (e.g. Roadshow Films, Icon Film Distribution, Madman Entertainment, Hopscotch and Transmission Films). Viewing options include your desktop browser (of course) as well as Android phones and tablets, so long as the Google Play Movies app is installed.

Unfortunately, rental pricing remains none too cheap - it starts at $3.99 for SD "library titles" or $4.99 for HD movies; if you want to watch a new release, it'll be $5.99 for SD and $6.99 for HD. Google gives you 30 days to start watching your movie and 48 hours to finish it after you've started.

Still, the news should be at least somewhat welcome to Australians given Google Play's recent expansion - now you'll be able to enjoy both American classics like Terminator and Aussie favorites like Bra Boys. Just make sure you've got some cash on you.

Source: Google.au Blog via Reddit

Jaroslav Stekl
Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.

  • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

    Steps of tragedy -- courtesy of Google-movies-or-whatever-this-piece-of-fucking-crap-should-be-called:
    a) Rent a movie for the weekend using your tablet;
    b) Connect your tablet to your huge TV over hdmi
    c) That's it! Enjoy the SOUND only and the black screen while the movie is playing.

    When it comes to update the Movie App, they play 'it's not my fault' with ASUS.
    Who loses? The customer, of course!

    So screw it.

    • Sumatori-kun

       Works fine with my Galaxy S II over USB-HDMI.

  • http://meatcastle.com/ Youre My Boy Bloo

    This is awesome, now I can finally rent Crocodile Dundee.

  • GazaIan

    Why is Google providing rentals through two different places? Make life easier and choose YouTube and tie it with Play Videos... It reaches the larger audience but you're pretty much redirected to Google Play.

  • MrSimtang

    Damn, didn't know it won't work on rooted phones.

    That's a shame.

    • Sootie

      Works fine on my rooted phone....?

      Also Yay, I wont be using it much because of the price but still nice to finally be included for something