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Jul
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Attention, people of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland: you can now buy television shows from Google Play, both on the web and via your Android devices. Google threw the switch on the content earlier today, making the UK the first country to get access to TV shows on Google Play outside the United States. Content appears to be a decent mix of US and UK shows at the moment, though it's probably a bit anemic when compared to the US store due to good old-fashioned licensing issues.

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UK residents can now watch wonderful content like Breaking Bad, Homeland, The Walking Dead, and... Honey Boo Boo? Seriously, that's what you're featuring on day one, Google? Our tipster Lucas (who provided the device screenshot below) was more than a bit upset to see the dregs of American entertainment on display on the home page of the Google Play Store, and I can't say I blame him. C'mon, big G: there's gotta be a better way to kick this thing off. Throw some Orphan Black or Justified on there.

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Individual episodes seem to be going for £1.89 for most standard-definition shows, though there's a nice promotion on discounted full seasons on the Movies & TV portal. If you've never used the service before, note that episodes can be downloaded or streamed on Android, but the web player is streaming only. Cheers.

Source: Google Play Store (UK) - thanks, Lucas Arran!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Rudy Belova

    Dear u.k. residents..
    We're so sorry..

    Sincerely, Normal Americans..

    • Damien

      Crazy normal Americans! All hail america! The only country that matters, every other country should feel lucky they can even dream of the possibility of getting the media services available in the U.S.

  • Droid Boo Boo

    I have been waiting too long for my Honey Boo Boo. Now if y'all can excuse me, I need to go call my Momma and my kids.

    • http://www.ludus.se/ Johan Larsson

      What is Honey Boo Boo? /From Sweden and don´t watch TV.

      • Woody

        The downfall of society

        • http://www.ludus.se/ Johan Larsson

          Good thing i stop watch that stupid media then.

  • Ryan

    Canada...

    CANADA... ...

  • numpty

    Chances of TV shows ever appearing in the Irish Play Store, Google? Perhaps you could use some of that tax you're evading in the UK by being here to help pay the licensing fees. (Though Apple haven't managed to make TV shows available on Irish iTunes yet with their similarly ill gotten gains, so I'm not holding my breath...)

    • Merri Mogridge

      Hopefully they will! (Like Music and Books). But god knows how long it'll be.

  • Funem

    At £1.89 for episodes and high series prices, there needs to be a big price drop before I even think it will be viable.

  • Sven Andresen

    kinda suck, that all the features of the play store is taking so long to spread. we just got Play Books in Denmark, but still don't have all the other fun features as music, movie/tv and magazines.
    It is the same for netflix... we got the light version, and it still a lot missing if you compare it to the US version.
    This is the internet time, why is it so difficult to get some deals on the table and spread the word to all.
    We can't buy nexus devices either....

    • RajivSK

      Same here in Holland, books and apps only. It's weird though, the north western european countries are some of the wealthiest in the world but they just won't take our money...

  • Danny Holyoake

    https://play.google.com/store/tv/show/Sherlock?id=nK4T31KUmKI

    Now, I'm no good at maths, but... It's literally cheaper to buy the episodes separately than in their season packs.

    That's fucking ludicrous and stupid. Google Play fucks up yet again.

  • masterpfa

    Been waiting for this for some time.

    At long last

  • saltyzip

    Love You AP! Just logged in and TV is there... OMG Peppa Pig Episodes are £1.89 each...ouch!

    A Netflix style subscription model might be more advisable to Google customers.

  • RockAndRock

    And never for France ? :(

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