As more and more streaming services come online and providers launch their own apps, mixed with a whole slew of different licensing agreements, it has become quite a battle hunting down which service has what shows and movies available at any given time.
Google would, naturally, like you to use their services but in case you can't find what you're looking for in the Google Play Movies & TV store, they've now made it easier to find all the various places you might find a particular show or movie available for streaming, rental or purchase thanks to a new update that's currently rolling out for the Google Play Movies & TV app.
- Find the right streaming service: In both the Google Play Movies & TV app and in the Play Store, you can easily discover if your favorite show or movie is available on a streaming service. For example, just search for "This is Us" and you'll see that the latest season is for sale on Play Movies & TV, but also that it's available to stream on the NBC app (with a cable subscription) or on Hulu. Once you've found what you want to watch, it's just one tap and we'll send you right to the app that lets you stream it. From there, you can also cast to your TV.
- Find something new to watch: Instead of scrolling endlessly to find a movie on a Friday night, now you can narrow down your search with just a few taps. Explore more than tens of thousands of shows and movies on Google Play by genre to quickly find comedy TV shows, an award winning drama, family movies and more to watch for free, rent or buy.
- Tell us what you like, and what you don't: Now in Play Movies & TV, we'll show you TV shows and films based on what you watch and what you like—just use thumbs up/thumbs down to rate stuff you've already seen.
- New watchlist tab: We've made it even easier to save shows and movies to watch later. All you have to do is long press on any show or movie and add it to your watchlist. In the watchlist tab, we'll show you when it becomes available to buy or rent on Play, if the price has recently dropped, or if it is now available to stream.
Out the gate, Google notes they have support for more than two partners, including ABC, CBS, FOX NOW, NBC, Hulu, HBO NOW, HBO Go, Showtime, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Now, HGTV, BET Now, Comedy Central more. But they'll also be continuing to add more partners over time.
Personally, the thumbs up and thumbs down is something I will use often and hopefully it'll stop showing me stuff I've already watched/own and the new watchlist feature should be pretty awesome as well once you start using it. I'm always looking for new stuff to watch but sometimes I don't feel like paying $15 for it or whatever. With watchlist, I can just add it and Google will keep track of the pricing on it and let me know if it becomes available for cheaper.
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