Google and Sony Launch U.K. Video Services for Android Devices


Google and Sony have have unveiled services for users of Android smartphones and tablets following the announcement two weeks ago after YouTube announced it was to offer videos to rent on line in the U.K. putting it in direct competition with Amazon’s LoveFilm.

CNET reports that around a thousand movies are currently available for download, with older titles costing £2.49 and newer blockbusters £3.49.

To get your fill of the latest cinematic offerings on your handset, just download the free Videos app from Android Market, then take your pick. You have 30 days to watch, but once you’ve started you only have 24 hours before it’s gone, like magic. You can watch your movie as many times as you like in that 24 hour period though.

If you don’t like the idea of squinting at your mobile, you can watch on your TV using an HDMI cable, or computer. The service has been available in the U.S. since May, so yet again us Brits are late to join in. It’s like we’re late to the movie, scurrying past those already watching, making them stand to let us pass.

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, described a new international service which sounds fairly similar to Apple’s iTunes:

Entertainment giant Sony has launched a new network to allow its televisions, tablets, PlayStation games console, phones and MP3 players to all access a network of music and films.

The Sony Entertainment Network has been ‘soft-launched’ prior to a major marketing campaign that will begin on 1 November.

The streaming service, which also offers a download-to-own option, offers a global catalogue of over 10 million tracks on Sony Tablet and other Android-based tablets and phones. The UK service offers 7 million tracks.

The report does not give details of pricing on movies. For music, users can choose between a themed radio service at  £3.99 a month and  playlist-based service for £9.99.

CNET: Android Movies opens to the UK

The Daily Telegraph : Sony launches Entertainment Network

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