A small change on Google's end has added the option to access your purchased Google Play video content in YouTube. Check out the navigation menu in the YouTube app and the purchases link will now be overflowing with Google Play Movies and TV. Well, maybe not overflowing, but we've all got that free copy of Big, right?

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The list appears to be chronological and doesn't have any sorting options. You can play any of your videos through the YouTube app, but the Play Movies app still works too. If you use that app, you can at least split things up by movies and TV, and the playback interface is also a little more suited to longer content.

This doesn't signal a big shift for Google Play, though. If you've ever watched streaming video from Play Movies on a computer, you can tell it's coming to you via a YouTube frame. It's nice to have options, I suppose.

[Thanks, +Jeppe Foldager]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Jonathan Grubbs

    I see them there, but when I try to play any of them on my Galaxy S4 I get an "Unsupported video format" error.

    • atlouiedog

      I get "There was a problem while playing. Touch to retry." on all videos. Hopefully it'll work for us soon.

      • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

        I get that on the Play Movies app for some content.....

  • http://www.plus.google.com/+TommyNunno yodatom10

    you could always do this on the web. glad to see moved over to the mobile side

  • SVem26

    This is how I watched the breaking bad finale on my tablet.. Thats how long this has been around for me.. Does google randomly turn on features for people as a test?

    • http://www.plus.google.com/+TommyNunno yodatom10


    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, that was never there for myself or anyone I know.

      • Dominic Rotberg

        Was on mine also you forgot its a wonderful life! Was a free download I think elf was too

      • Aleksey_US

        Russian Cartoons FTW!

    • Fwank49

      What country do you live in? For Canada it has been there for a while.

    • Viktor Kincses

      It was there for me too.

  • humulos

    "Well, maybe not overflowing, but we've all got that free copy of Big, right?"

    It's eerie how right you are. My library consists of that and maybe like 3 other things that were all free.

    How does Google expect me to use their service if I can't even watch 1080p content on my own computer? I may hate Apple for a lot of things, but they seem to be the only ones who get buying video content right. Or right enough at least.

    • Gregor Smith

      Big, Elf, Shawn The Sheep, Transformers 3, and en episode of BBC's Earth

      Everyone must have those

      • numpty

        Nope. No video content available here in Ireland, free or otherwise.

        • Gregor Smith

          Weird, I got most of that in my time in the UK, like Transformers 3 came with the Nexus 7 tablet

          Though you'll find not a lot of free content on the Play Store right now (unless you like 90 second previews), Big and Elf were very limited time freebies

          • Ryan Steddy

            Ireland isn't in the UK.

          • Dirty Dave

            Northern Ireland is. Even though that's clearly not what he meant I just wanted to be apart of this :(

      • Justin W

        Get out of my Library!

    • Lucas Laws

      I've also got Frozen in there, as the digital copy allowed me to redeem it there.

  • Badouken

    I noticed this the other day and got really excited! Then realized what I really wanted was this function to be on the youtube apps on my game consoles / ect. because they dont have Google play movies. At least there is the play on a PC then click recently watched workaround.

  • Marco

    The video quality is still better through the movies app

  • wick78

    I've had this option for quite a while. Since at least the start of the last Walking Dead season.

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Yeah, I've already had this for quite some time. Really isn't anything new, but I guess for those who didn't know about it already it's good to publish this.

  • miri

    Looks like they're just working towards feature parity with the site. All the "Best of YouTube" categories were added as well (at the bottom of the nav drawer) including Movies & TV where you can find Google Play and other free and paid content.

  • Gaurav Chandiramani

    That's weird, I've had this for ages.

  • krudl3rx

    I think this is huge for devices/tvs that have a youtube app but not one for Google Play...