Following a similar announcement from Hulu, Google announced today that it is now offering a limited range of 4K content through its Google Play Movies & TV service.
“Starting today, Google Play Movies now offers more than 125 movies in 4K resolution, using VP9, so that you can enjoy them in the highest quality,” Google product manager Ben Serridge writes in a new post to the Google Play blog. “Starting in the U.S. and Canada, you can purchase 4K movies on your Android device or on the web and stream them from your Google Chromecast Ultra or on your Sony Bravia Android TV.”
Best of all, for a limited time, Google is offering a free 4K movie to anyone who purchases a 4K-capable Chromecast Ultra. You can redeem this offer on the web, or in the app: Navigate to Menu, Offers.
In addition to the 4K content, Google is also highlighting the following other changes that were made previously to Google Play Movies & TV.
VR support. Google Play Movies & TV VR content launched back in October Google Play Movies & TV together with the Daydream VR platform. Having actually used this on a Daydream View headset, I can’t say it’s all that impressive: It’s just a normal rectangular flat view of the video in a virtual scene.
Integration in 2016 Samsung Smart TVs. The Google Play Movies & TV app is now available on 2016 Samsung Smart TVs, which is actually very interesting. We use the Netflix app on our Samsung for 4K viewing, and it works really well.
<p>A normal rectangular flat view of the video in a virtual scene? Virtual scene? Well, yeah. We are talking about virtual reality here, right? The object of daydream (for now) is to put the user in a virtual movie theater where you have a movie screen in front of you. In this case, it’s kinda sorta like an outdoor park movie theater. In Google fashion, I am sure they’ll eventually give you more scenes to choose from. </p>