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Google's various digital media stores are slowly, slowly making their way across the world. Today's expansion of Google Play Movies brings it to 12 new countries and Hong Kong, for a total of 25. The new countries added today are mostly smaller nations, scattered all over the globe, and strangely featured before larger ones get the service. Put it down to the precarious nature of international content negotiations.

 

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Hong Kong

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New Zealand

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Jamaica - screenshot credit: Omar McFarlane

Here are the new territories that can now rent and buy movies on Google Play:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Nepal
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zimbabwe

Hong Kong gets access to Google Play Movies, and the Google Play Store in general, because of its status as a Special Administrative Region in China. Mainland China still does not have access to any Play Store services.

It's important to note that content selection on the Play Store will vary across national boundaries, more so for movies and other digital content than for apps. Also, none of the newly supported Google Play Movies countries have access to television shows for streaming or purchase, which are still restricted to the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan.

Source: Google Play support

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Shaun Hammond

    I'll probably never use them, but it's nice to now have Play Movies, Books and Music in NZ.

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      • Guest

        0MG FANKZ

      • Luqmaan Mathee

        People what I understand from this is that this person wants as many down votes as possible.

        • Shaun Hammond

          There's no person... it's called a spambot.

          • Roh_Mish

            What I don't u derstand is that people don't pay attention to them but they still keep on doing this.

          • fonix232

            There's always a dumbass who clicks their links and signs up. Even if it is just one person out of ten thousand, they earn some money (either from ads or from this person being dumb enough to sign up to their "service").

  • Alexei Watson

    It's nice that their expanding quicker.

    Here in OZ all we are really missing, in order of my preference: Wallet (Tap & Pay), TV episodes, Voice.

    • usaff22

      If you use Wallet with a fake billing address for your credit card, tap and pay will work until the moment you try to use it. You tap your phone, it vibrates/makes the Wallet noise, and a receipt comes up but unfortunately it declines saying "International Payments are not available at this time" or something along those lines. Tried it in the UK, really hope they expand Wallet functionality to other countries :(

  • yousaf465

    No, Pakistan again ? Google please give us a holiday gift

    • unClEsAm

      They're not gonna give it to terrorists.

      • Raja

        So you just assume that every Pakistani is a terrorist? Well, this is the ignorance that we don't need. And to think that people actually up voted your dumb comment.

      • Fawad Tariq

        @unClEsAm, where are you from buddy?

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    So some freakin African countries get support now (can they even afford smartphones?), while 6th most populous country in Europe still lacks anything except books. Interesting, Google. ;P

    • Michael Pahl

      If I were an admin, your IP would be toast from accessing AP again.

      • Roh_Mish

        What if his IP keeps on changing?

        • usaff22

          Ban the IP Range, or his ISP in some rare cases

      • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

        Why? That's rude.

  • Rovindra Singh

    Wow they've extended their reach to the Caribbean, now let's see if they make it to Guyana.

  • Mehmet Fatih

    TURKEY please.

  • Michael Pahl

    insert comment about "my country" missing from that list. and other statements full of a false sense of entitlement

  • Luqmaan Mathee

    So Botswana and Zimbabwe get this before South Africa? Smh

    • GigiAUT

      That is weird. I have family there and I know their internet speeds can barely handle video calls, let alone movies :S

    • Laurence

      That was my exact thought! Zimbabwe, Botswana and Tanzania but no SA? Don't they know we're the biggest and most important country in Africa?

  • Purple

    Botswana gets the service ... Seriously ... ? They have computers there? Hell, they have electricity at all?

    • Franco Rossel

      Here have some breaking news for you
      Not only America, Asia and Europe have acces to technology!

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Yes Purple, they use them when they take a break from running around in loin cloths and attacking the white man

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    Addition of Sri Lanka to the list of supported countries is welcome... But the selection of movies sucks; hope as the time goes by selection gets far better!
    Current selection of movies, is very old; with few new movies here & there. (new as in released 4-5 months ago...)
    Price is on-par with US for renting & purchases. (Didn't expect it to be cheap anyway)
    What I personally really care about is TV series & Google music... but considering only 3 territories is having TV on Google play as of yet, I'm not holding my breath for TV. Hopefully Google Music will follow soon.

    • fonix232

      What do you mean under "released 4-5 months ago"? Because it greatly depends on that. Released in cinemas 4-5 months ago? If yes, then don't expect to have those movies through any digital service for some time, only after the DVD release.

      • Asanka Amarasinghe

        Well I guess you have a point there, but the newest movie that is sowing me for rent or purchase is out on DVD for at least couple of months!
        (Again, the service is welcome; but wishing the content is bit more recent.)

        • fonix232

          Exactly. The reason why the latest movies are not available because studios still want people to buy their DVDs - digital content will become available after a few months of the DVD release.

          Also Google has a specific agreement with the studios, to push them at a specific time, to a specific audience. That might also set a limitation too.

  • Asanka Amarasinghe

    Here are some screenshots from Sri Lanka Google Play Movies Selection...
    FYI: $1 ~ LKR130/=

  • godutch

    Seriously Zimbabwe!? Zimbabwe even managed to beat North Korea as poorest country on earth.

    • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

      Tell me you're joking. Lie to me if you have to. DO IT!

  • Mert ÇELEN

    Really google? This countries have now but still not Turkey?

  • Pascal

    And we still don't have, books, music etc. (Slovakia)

  • Roh_Mish

    Google experimented with music solution in India but play music is still not available here in India.

  • MT

    Great...in Poland we have only Books. No Music, no Movies. And probably we won't have any of them in next 5 years... thx Google!

  • Carlos

    -_-

  • http://about.me/jovanphilip Jovan Philip

    FINALLY! Google has finally officially recognized the MAJOR Caribbean islands (largest populations)! I've been waiting so so so long for this. Thank you!

  • Mark Vrijenhoek

    I hope the netherlands is the next country on Google's bucked list

  • Pear

    Nice, in Latvia/Europe We have only play store with apps and games - no books, no music or movies. And when I look at that list... Zimbabwe, Tanzania... why?

    • bprichard

      It was probably just easier to launch due to regulatory/licensing issues.

  • ginobili

    Google will send movies to Belize.

  • Nicktrance

    Still not available here :(

  • http://www.dendax.com/en/tax-countries Dendax

    A lot of people are annoyed that their country isn't added, this is normal as they cannot add so much different countries with their different legislation at once.

  • Laurentiu

    Only few European countries have access to movies but in the same time Google chose Botswana to be one of the countries who have access...
    Why did not just released this movie thing to other European countries?
    Who can understand Google anymore?

  • Jerald Lee

    Where's Philippines?

  • Melih Özcan

    Turkey ? :S

  • Byung-Hoon Cho

    Why do all the movies on the Play Store (at least in NZ) have the name of the director twice?

  • Jon

    Great! Hong Kong gets movies! That means we will be getting also plants vs zombies 2 officially, right? ....right?
    Regarding the movies thing, I heard not so many great things about google's store, but at least now I'll get to see them. Hell, maybe I'll get some movie for shits n giggles. I think it would be the first time we are allowed to some rental/download legal site.

  • Iran

    Nice work google. Now bring play books to sri lanka. Then i Can buy Android device..

  • anurag singh

    When will play music come to India?

  • Hassan Aamir

    i hope it comes to pakistan

  • http://www.privatejobalert.in/ Ashish

    Well I guess you have a point there, but the newest movie that is showing me for rent or purchase is out on DVD for at least couple of months!
    (Again, the service is welcome; but wishing the content is bit more recent.)

    http://www.govtportal.in/2014/05/sbi-clerk-syllabus-2014-for-5092.html

  • Abhay Bavishi

    Any idea how to find the Territory the film or a movie is LIVE in, on Google Play store?