Google Play Movies adds pre-ordering

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Google Play Movies now lets you pre-order select titles so they’re ready to stream on the day they’re released.

This new feature arrives alongside version 3.3 of the Google Play Movies app, which also adds a few bug fixes. Now when you hit the Play Store on the desktop or mobile you’ll see a pre-order button for films scheduled for digital release, which then gives you the option of buying it in standard definition or HD. 

When you preorder, the movie will be added to your library and can be watched anywhere you sign in to your Google Play account. 

Here’s the full list of available titles.

  • Gone Girl
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue
  • Jersey Boys
  • The Maze Runner
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Maleficent
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Sex Tape
  • The Equalizer
  • Lucy
  • 22 Jump Street
  • Tammy
  • Into the Storm

Why this matters: Google wants its Play Movies app to be a digital hub for streaming films and TV shows. It reaches multiple ecosystems, with apps for Android, Chrome, iOS, and of course streaming to its Chromecast stick. 

However, Google has struggled to get the same kind of traction for its digital content as Apple’s popular iTunes, which has a longer history and wider selection.

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