It's always a happy day when one of Google Play's entities rolls out to new countries because it means more users will be able to benefit from the entertainment options that were available to others before them. But it's especially a happier day when one of said countries is Lebanon, because I live there and because we're usually one of the last countries to get anything from Google.

But today we're celebrating because Google Play Movies has officially landed in Lebanon and 10 other countries. All of them are Middle Eastern, except for Vietnam — Chào! Here is the full list:

  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

And here is a direct quote of my reaction when I got the ping from Artem telling me that it was happening: "What?! No. What?! No. OH MY GOD. WHAT?! NO. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT."

If you live in any of the 11 new countries, all you have to do is open the Play Store and you'll get a pop-up asking you to accept the new terms and conditions, then the Movies section will show up for you in the side bar and on the main page.

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Left: Movies section on my Lebanese account. Right: Movies page in Kuwait - thanks Ahmad Alnusif!

You can browse movies by top selling, new releases, genre, or by searching for a specific title. Both renting and buying are possible, depending on the movie license, and some of the titles are available in standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD).

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From what I can tell, prices are a little on the high side. In Lebanon, renting costs LBP 4500-6000 (USD 3-4) and buying costs LBP 22500-26000 (USD 15-17.33), and based on that screenshot we got from Kuwait, renting there costs KWD 1 (USD 3.29).

Regardless, if you want to enjoy some movies, you now can. And don't forget to grab the Play Movies and TV app from the Play Store.

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