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Google Launches Magazines and TV Shows to Google Play

Google has added new content to the already extensive Google Play by now allowing for the download and purchasing of Magazines and TV shows straight from your Android deviceThrough the Google Play interface, you can buy full seasons or even just single episodes of your favorite shows including 30 Rock, Lost, and Breaking Bad. From the prices we have seen so far, we have episodes of 30 Rock going for $1.99, while the complete season is a justifiable $34.99. 

With Magazines, users can subscribe to their favorite titles or simply just purchase a single copy for viewing on their tablet or smartphone. The magazines are designed to flow and work flawlessly on these smaller displays, so viewing and interacting with the content should be a treat according to Google. Google is including a 14-day trial period so everyone can begin using the service and leaning the benefits. Beyond that, depending on which magazine you choose will greatly reflect the price.

How many of you will begin to make the move to having Google Play be your number one stop for all things media and content?

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  • Antony Tuttle

    Are magazines and TV shows limited to just US customers (as Books and Movies were for about a year!)

  • youdoneyo69

    Only thing that stinks about this is I already have a sub to Game Informer through Gamestop so I would have to get another if I wanted to view it on my Android devices..

    • Adam Neighbors

      They’re probably going to do account linking eventually.

  • Knlegend1

    The magazine thing is pretty cool. The TV show those prices are a no.

  • AlexKCMO

    $35 for a season for a 1 time viewing? I’ll stick to $15 a month on Netflix with unlimited viewing.

    • Chris Malkiewicz

      Thats to buy… They have options on the checkout screen!

      • AlexKCMO

        If it’s to buy, I might be interested.

  • Why no Prime type membership for TV shows? Seems like they are too late to the game to not include something like this.

  • Anthony White

    I was checking TV shows prices against iTunes and Google Play is $10 cheaper for full seasons and $1 cheaper for individual episodes for some popular TV shows! Looks like Google just about put Apple out of business today!

    • Knlegend1

      Does anyone at Apple use this stuff though? I don’t see how this could compete with Hulu, Netflix or even Prime. I guess the important thing is to stick it to Apple lol.

  • What about if we already have a subscription with a magazine? Can we link our subscription account to the Play store or do I have to buy a whole extra subscription for Google only?

  • Eric Callahan

    So with Movies, I recall that the App actually wouldn’t work on Rooted devices. SInce it’s the same app, should we expect that TV shows won’t work either?

  • The magazine app infrastructure needs a way to allow people with hard-copy subs get free or heavily-discounted access. There’s no way in hell I’m paying $20+ for a digital subscription of a magazine I paid $10 or less for the hard copy sub.

  • I always have a problem with the pricing of digital content. Take for instance that issue of Automobile posted in the picture. $4.99. Really? I get offers for that magazine through various programs for a free year subscription all the time. Even if you were to just take a subscription card out of a magazine and get a subscription that way, it’d still only be like 12 bucks a year, and that is with a physical copy they have to print and send to you – obviously a much higher cost then you just downloading it off of Google’s servers.

    I don’t understand why there isn’t a big discount for getting digital only media. Even with that $4.99 hardcopy at the store, they’d probably still only see $2 or so from it. Why then is this digital copy not $2?

    Until they wise up with digital content pricing I’ll stick to physical, and I enjoy reading actual magazines anyway.

    • I just checked out the subscription option in the Play store and it is in fact $12/year – but still it seems like with no printing and mailing it should still be even less.

      • will bartlett

        magazines have always been priced like that, soooo much more for single editions. plus if they keep pricing things like that and they sell…why would they stop?

        • I wasn’t complaining about single hardcopy editions, I was complaining about how they want to charge you the same or more (as much as double) then if they had to get all the paper, print it, and send it to me. It makes no sense logistically that if they don’t have to go through all that they should get the same (or more) money. That’s my opinion, however jaded and misinformed it may be.

          • I agree. I’m a big magazine whore, and if the digital and print copy are the same price, im going print every time. If the digital was a couple bucks cheaper, I could be persuaded.

  • Why no Prime type membership for TV shows? Seems like they are too late to the game to not include something like this.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I guess they think folks rather newer shows. Prime and Netflix are different beasts all together… I don’t see google caring that much to go to war with them

  • better question: any update on bittorrent for android ?

    j/k i buy my stuff

  • c4v3man

    I’m still an old fart that prefers to buy a hard copy I guess… don’t watch too many movies, but do buy seasons of TV on DVD. $35 seems high to me… $20 seems more reasonable. But Google’s constantly throwing stuff on sale. Maybe at christmas they’ll discount some seasons to $5, or do $.10 an episode or something.

  • Pedro

    The death of Zinio.

    If Google can keep the high resolution Zinio has. And get the same content.

    • Trent Folan

      I was thinking the same thing. I’d jump over right away. However, it kind of sucks losing out on the back issues from Zinio. Sure, you can still use the app for the older ones, but I wish there was somehow a way to combine them (yes, I know it wouldn’t be a great business move so it’ll never happen).

  • still not able to search magazines on my 10.1 running AOKP. dont know if i need to update the play store or what.

  • Cowboydroid

    This is awesome! So many good shows!

  • Jared Svetek

    My only question is with the magazine subscriptions. Are they going to offer access to people who subscribe to hard-copy magazines? Or are we going to have to wait until those expire and then re-subscribe through this? If so, I won’t be able to use the magazine function to its fullest for some time.

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    Any word on an update for Google Play on mobile devices?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Was coming here to ask the same thing . . . I mean I can push to my phone from the web but i’d really like an update to the Mobile Market

      • Chris Malkiewicz

        I hear that! I use that one much more frequently then I do on the browser!

  • adam

    rip off

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Compared to what? That’s what these things Cost on any other service….

      • Ohio jack

        Jetflicks has every show you could think of, new and old. Best app on android and way cheaper than this play store idea google is trying