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Movies & TV v3.15 for Android TV brings new player controls and an updated banner icon [APK Download]

If you have tried the Play Movies & TV app on Android TV and weren't in love with its player controls, it might be time to give it a new try. A fresh update to v3.15 started rolling out to set-top boxes and televisions yesterday. There are a couple of cosmetic changes, most notably the banner on the launcher screen, but the big change comes in the form of updated player controls that are faster and easier to use.

What's New

Unofficial Changelog:

  • New launcher banner
  • Updated player controls

New Launcher Banner

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Left: old. Right: new.

After the latest visual rebranding of Google Play, most of the primary apps were updated to the new icons within about a week.

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[Deal Alert] Google Lowers Price Of Independence Day Movie To $0.99 To Mark Earth Day

Today is Earth Day. It’s that time of the year when we consider the impact human behavior has on the environment and the changes we can make to better look after it. Well, some of us at least. Google Play Movies is marking the occasion by lowering the price of Independence Day – a movie where Earth is invaded and very nearly destroyed by extraterrestrials – to just $0.99.

Although almost twenty years old, Independence Day is an enduring timeless sci-fi classic which is still eminently watchable. It features a star-studded cast of Hollywood icons, including Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, and Bill Pullman, and probably the most egregious example of product placement ever seen in the cinema.

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[Deal Alert] Save 50% Off Any One Google Play Movie Rental Until March 17th, Plus You Can Currently Get The Movie 'Bling' For Free

Now is looking like a good time to pop a bag of popcorn and settle down in front of the Chromecast. Google is offering movie rentals for 50% off.

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Play Movies & TV v3.11 Tells Us How Bundles Will Work With The Family Library [APK Teardown]

The Play Books update from a couple of days ago turned up the first sign of life for the Family Library we've seen since mid-November. At the time, I made a quick prediction that matching strings would pop up fairly soon in Google's other content apps, and Play Movies & TV is the first to follow through. But this wasn't just a mirror image of the same strings, there's actually a bit of new information regarding movies sold as a bundle and seasons of television shows.

In case anybody is curious, this update doesn't have anything in the way of notable new features.

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Play Movies & TV v3.10 Adds Notifications For Price Drops On Your Wishlist And Newly Available Content, Adds Toggle To Shut Off Binge-Watching [APK Download]

Wednesday was packed with an onslaught of app updates, many of which came with at least a few notable features. While a bit on the quiet side, the Play Movies & TV app came with some worthwhile new features of its own. Most of the new features are hidden under the Settings screen, including a toggle to finally shut off binge-watching on phones and tablets and a pair of options to enable notifications for new TV shows and when things on your Wishlist become available or drop in price. There are also a few other subtle differences behind the scenes.

What's New

Here's the official changelog for Play Movies & TV v3.10:

  • Wishlist any movie that's not yet available for purchase and receive notifications when it's available to buy or rent
  • More reliable playback
  • Settings improvements
  • Play Movies & TV channel in Android TV Live Channels app

Disable Binge-Watching

An update back in early October brought binge-watching, which filled in a popular feature for serious TV watchers.

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The Latest SHIELD Android TV Update Adds 4K Support For Photos & Videos App, Better GameStream Performance, And More

NVIDIA's SHIELD Android TV box has only been available for a few weeks, and it's already getting its over-the-air update. This one improves a handful of the SHIELD's app functions and its accessories. Notably, software build 1.2 enables 4K output in Google's Photos & Videos app, provided of course that you have a 4K TV to view them on. According to the changelog it also improves streaming performance for both Netflix and Google Play Movies.

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[Deal Alert] US Play Store Users Can Get The Transformers Movie For Free Today, Other Movies Free In Other Countries

From time to time Google offers free music and movies via the Play Store. Today is one of those times, because it's the third anniversary of the Play Store launch (and, incidentally, the death of the former Android Market). Customers in the US can get a free Coldplay album, and now they can also grab an HD copy of the Transformers movie for free!

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No, not the real Transformers movie, the animated one from 1986. Google is giving away 2007 live-action movie, directed by Michael Bay and starring Shia LaBeouf. You know, the one that's held up as one of the worst examples of mindless Hollywood summer blockbusters, its awfulness surpassed only by its even more mindless sequels.

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Sony's Controversial Comedy 'The Interview' Is Now Available To Buy Or Rent On Google Play Movies

If you haven't heard about the infamous hack of Sony Pictures and the subsequent cancellation of its forthcoming comedy The Interview starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, then you might just live under a rock... or possibly in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea. At the 11th hour Sony decided to release the movie to a small amount of independent theaters on Christmas day, despite threats of violence from hackers, and it's now available on Google Play Movies/YouTube.

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The video-on-demand release comes after the vast majority of theaters in the United States and Canada declined to schedule showings of the movie, fearing violence despite a lack of credible evidence that the threat is serious.

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Recent Samsung Owners Can Get The Hunger Games And Catching Fire Movies For Free Through This Lionsgate App

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like dystopian teenagers forced to murder one another. If you have a recently-released Samsung phone or tablet, you can load up a copy of The Hunger Games or its sequel Catching Fire for that long journey home. Just install this app from Lionsgate (only compatible with some devices) and follow the instructions below to get a couple of free movies.

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According to SlickDeals, the free redemption codes are available to owners of the Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S5, and Galaxy S4. One Android Police writer managed to redeem both movies on a Galaxy Note 4, so it might be worth a try on other Samsung phones too.

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Roku Players Now Have Access To Google Play Movies & TV Shows, Users Get X-Men Free For Signing In

Roku started making cheap, effective streaming set-top boxes long before Google TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Android TV, and Amazon's "I can't believe it's not Chromecast." But before today, users who were smack dab in the middle of Google's universe found a notable hole in Roku's otherwise wide array of content partners: the Play Store's selection of movies and TV shows. In a surprising move on Google's part, a new Play Movies channel has been added to the Roku lineup. You can check it out on any Roku device right now.

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This seems kind of odd, since Google is in the middle of launching Android TV, not to mention the ongoing success of Chromecast, both of which directly compete with Roku's various set-top boxes.

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