TV Shows/Movies from Play Store

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by LadyX, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. LadyX macrumors 68020

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    Can I watch purchased shows or movies from the Google Play Store on my laptop? I'm asking because it says watch in HD on supported Android devices.
     
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  3. LadyX thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I still don't understand. I can't download the show/movie onto my laptop and play them with for instance VLC?
     
  4. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely not. Google's content partners wouldn't be very happy with that approach :).
     
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    I googled and found there are players, so you can watch movies on your computer AFAIK
     
  6. LadyX thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Why not? The movies I buy from iTunes, I copy them onto my hard drive and I can play them with QuickTime Player.
     
  7. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    But I doubt they are without copy protection. Can you copy them to a friend's hard drive? Can that friend then play the movies on their own PC or Mac?
     
  8. LadyX thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm not sure. It's on my hard drive and I watch them on my own laptop.
     
  9. Internaut macrumors 6502a

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    Apple will be employing various mechanisms to ensure the downloaded content can be played only on a device owned by (or with the account owned by) you. Personally, I prefer the Apple way (allowing download to any device that will run iTunes) as I can't rely on fast enough internet, in many of the places I do business.
     
  10. Frankied22 macrumors 68000

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    You can watch them in chrome on a computer but it's only in 480p, which is ridiculous.
     
  11. mclld macrumors 68000

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    Buy a 35 dollar chromecast and you can watch them on your tv and control the movie from your phone/tablet etc
     
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    No you can't because they have DRM. I have loads of stuff I've bought on iTunes over the years and I tried to convert and move them across to my android devices but I couldn't.
     
  13. Nikhil72 macrumors 6502a

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    iTunes-downloaded movies can play in QuickTime because Quicktime essentially acts as the media player backbone for iTunes, and that includes the same DRM key. So on any authorized computer, Quicktime can play those TV shows/movies without iTunes open as well. But it's not transferrable.
     
  14. vikingjunior macrumors 65816

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    Stream it to your laptop or TV via HDMI or Miracast tongle which is better then Chromecast as it doesn't need a WiFi connection.
     
  15. LadyX thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Only 480p?? Seriously?

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    Thanks all for the replies. I won't be buying any shows or movies from the Play Store. iTunes is better for that kind of stuff.
     

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