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There were several new announcements today for the Play Store at Google's I/O keynote, which included the arrival of new content. As previously expected, the Play Store now offers TV Shows, magazine subscriptions, and movie purchases.

First off, let's take a look at TV Shows. This is one thing that the Play Store has been missing since day one, so it's nice to see it finally show up. After spending a few minutes looking through the titles, it looks like Google stocked it up with quite a bit of good content. Best of all, once you buy it, it's yours forever. That's fantastic for anyone who likes to keep certain shows or entire seasons on-hand for watching during downtime.

Most shows cost around two bucks a piece, with full seasons costing around $23. Not bad, Google. Not bad at all.

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You can also purchase movies now, which is a change from the previous rental-only strategy. And since it's stored in your Google Cloud, it's available on any of your Android devices, at any time.

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Also new to the Play Store is an addition that I think will be invaluable: magazines. You can purchase magazines in one of three ways: buy the current issue, a monthly subscription, or yearly subscription. The current subscription price is similar to what you'll currently find on newsstands; for example, the current issue of Maximum PC (one of my favorite computer magazines) is around $8. In stores, you'll pay around $12 or $13. However, you can get a subscription for only $1 per month or $11 for a full year! That's some serious savings!

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Once you buy a magazine, you'll need the Play Magazines app to read it.

There's a whole new world out there for you to explore - go! Check out all the awesome new things that Google is doing with the Store!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • RBI411

    Prices are all sorts of wrong.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      How so?

      • RBI411

        Seemed like they were charging more than iTunes across the board. That isn't actually the case after looking at a few things.

        • jw

          Yes ive found tv shows cheaper when you buy the whole season compared to itunes i know with one show i would have saved $15 for the season.

  • Geoff Johnson

    You'd think prices would be a little more competitive than their physical disk counterparts. 

    • Jake

      A blank CD costs about a quarter. A CD with a popular album on it costs about $14. The value is in the intellectual property, the music, not the medium by which it's delivered.

      • Josh Flowers

        true. i work in a company & we buy a pallet (28,800) of blank cd's for about .28c/disc, or .35c for a blank dvd. it's ridiculous how little physical media actually costs @ wholesale

      • http://openid-provider.appspot.com/namarrgon Namarrgon

        While I agree in general, there's more costs to physical CDs than the blank - printing & artwork, jewel case, breakage/loss/theft, shipping, and of course retail mark-up.

        Digital isn't free, but total costs are significantly lower. The primary reason we don't see a reduced price is very much to avoid undercutting physical retailers.

    • ChristopherLeMeilleur

      Always interesting to me that people even care about purchasing digital media in the streaming age. But I guess you're right. IF someone wants to BUY those movies, you'd think they'd be more competitive.

  • http://twitter.com/dynomike666 Mike

    My biggest problem with the Play Store, which still doesn't seem to be addressed is content discovery and format options.  How can I tell if the TV/Movie is in HD or not? Or if I can even search by that criteria.  Insanely frustrating that this info isn't more transparent.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      With most movies, you have the option of SD or HD when you purchase/rent. 

      • http://twitter.com/dynomike666 Mike

        Thx! I haven't run across this, though I also haven't exactly been renting modern movies.

  • KRS_Won

    One thing Google should do is let you rent a movie and if you like it, apply the rental fee towards the cost of buying. This would encourage rentals more and if the movie is good, more people would be willing to to buy it right after enjoying it.

  • Michael Sheils

    And in the Uk they added the devices page for the nexus 7...... and that's it. :(

  • Daniel

    I'll never again rent a movie from Google Play until I know they have removed the HDMI output-disabling "feature". 

    Does this "feature" apply for the TV shows as well...since I'm buying them?

    • LazarusDark

      REALLY?
      I would not have even thought that was an issue. I'm pretty sure you can watch itunes movies from an ipad to tv via hdmi, right? I saw someone do this at a con last year.
      I certainly won't purchase anything if I can't even do hdmi out.

  • 666

    prices are way (!!!) to high and as usual not aviable in most countries so I cant even use this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/morenicano Morenicano

    This is all awesome to me... I just wish they would add the option of app gifting so I can buy an app for someone else as well as the support for codes for things like giveaways or discounts. Those two could be tied together. You buy an app for someone and give them the code it generates or you can email a link with the code embedded for them to click, download and own. This also would slow developers to giveaway copies of their apps in contests or for whatever reason.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Not for Europe or at least Germany or Austria.

    Guess we can wait another year until we get some sort of video service.

    • Alan

      I would imagine in Europe we'll get Music, TV Shows and Magazines when Android 10.0 is released!!!

  • adi19956

    Still no music in the UK or anywhere else 'cept the US

  • Alan

    Only in the US though, I can understand it for Music and TV Shows but Magazines, come on Google sort it out!!!

  • yarrellray

    Content is King. Great job Google.

  • Shawn

    Is there a bug going on I just rented a movie and I tried to dl it and it said failed not supported on this device now it wont even let me play it at all? It says unpin from other device to play when it never let me pin it in the first place evo 4g lte?

  • John O’Connor

    The real question is, "can rooted devices buy Movies, TV shows and subscriptions??!"

    • Yanosh Cerovcevic

      I can't confirm that you can actually buy it from the device, but I've bought TV shows and subscribed to a magazine, and can view them on my rooted TF201.

  • Jakesjunk2005

    The Web version of the Play Store now gives the option to buy certain movies, but the Play Store app on my phone doesn't yet give that option. I am can only rent movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.vainshtein Alex Vainshtein

    Google, Bring at least Books and Magazines to Israel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.vainshtein Alex Vainshtein

    Google, Bring at least Books and Magazines to Israel!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kieranisgood Kieran Osgood

    I can't buy the films outright. Which Is bugging me immensely because I like to know once I've paid for something ng I've got it and having a nexus 7 I'm already limited due to the lack of flash support