Google Play Music and Movies heading to Google TV in the UK next week
Google have confirmed plans to roll out Google Play Music and Movies content to the Google TV service in the United Kingdom, Germany and France next Tuesday (November 13th). The date coincides with the official launch date for Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 and revised Nexus 7 tablets.
The announcement was posted on the official Google TV page on Google+ earlier today, but has since been updated. The post originally stated that Australia and Canada would be included in the roll out, but this appears to have been a mistake and Google have now confirmed as much with a revised announcement.
According to the statement: “Starting November 13th, +Google Play music and movies will now be available on your #GoogleTV in the United Kingdom, Germany and France. We’re sorry for an earlier post that said we’re launching in more countries on 11/13, but stay tuned as we’re bringing Google Play to more countries all the time.”
Finally, UK users have a reason to consider the Google TV experience. Until now it’s been somewhat of a let down. Without the key movie rental and music purchasing services, Google TV was effectively dead on arrival when it first launched in the UK four months ago, but now that Google are bringing affordable tablets to market next week, their TV devices will tie in nicely with the new line of Nexus products. Hopefully, we’ll see some great remote control apps in the Google Play store for the seven and 10 inch Nexus tablets.
In Google’s defence, the lack of movie and music availability is all down to slow and complicated rights negotiations with the respective film studios and record labels. Google recently penned deals with both Twentieth Century Fox and the Warner Music Group to bring even more titles and music catalogues to the Google Play store in time for its expansion outside of the US.
When combined with a Freesat or Freeview service, Google TV is now becoming a viable and affordable alternative to services like Sky TV and Virgin Media. Google just need to push their Google TV hardware in a big way this holiday season to take advantage of the new features and make consumers aware of the services Google have to offer.
An aggressively priced ‘Nexus TV’ device, launched alongside the new smartphone and tablet options, would have been a clever move by Google to help promote their services this holiday season, but such a device is yet to materialise. If you could have bought a both a Nexus 10 tablet and a Nexus branded Google TV box for the same price as an iPad, it would have made for a very compelling option. Unfortunately that’s not the case.
Perhaps next year Google?Tagged in: apple, Google Music, Google Play, google Tv, ipad, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Sky TV, Virgin Media
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