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Totes Official: Google Play Selling UHD Movies, Over 125 Titles to Choose From

Back in mid-November, UHD titles on Google Play began rolling out, but at last, Google has made the move official. Back when titles were slowing hitting Google Play, we could only find a handful of films offered in UHD, but now, Google states there are more than 125 titles to choose from. 

Now, while no one can argue against higher resolution, the price for some of these movies is pretty crazy. For example, you can grab Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s latest, Sully, for $29.99. Same goes for Suicide Squad. Other titles, like Everest, are a tad cheaper at $24.99 for the UHD option.

At least from my quick glance, Google isn’t listing all of the UHD titles in Google Play under its own category yet, but I assume one is incoming.

I’m not here to argue for or against UHD and its pricing, so I’ll let you all do that in the comments below. However, for anyone who purchases (or has purchased) a Chromecast Ultra, Google is hooking you up with a free UHD title rental.

Have at it.

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Via: Google
  • RWW

    I love love LOVE the picture quality of HDR of my Samsung TV, but I refuse to pay these ridiculous prices. Never!

  • Keith

    When high definition displays came on the market 25 years ago, they were 720i and 40 inch plasmas. They cost $40,000 and the only customers were airports. Within 5 years the price dropped in half, which is when I saw my first HD display for $19,999. Ludicrous. Early adapters always pay through the nose. I also remember when 50″ 1080p displays came down in price below $10,000. Then $5,000. My oldest brother bought his first 60″ display when prices came down below $10,000. That was around Y2k. My first 720p HD display was a 40″ DLP for $1800, half retail because I bought it from the company I delivered to everyday and they did me a favor. That was 1999. The next one was a 57″ 1080p Mitsubishi DLP in 2006 for $2700, on sale before the super bowl. That year, HD broadcasts started rolling out in wide release. The last DLP I bought was in 2011, 73″ Mitsubishi on price match from Amazon for $600. Prices always drop. I just bought what will hopefully be my last TV ever last month, the LG OLED B65P on sale for $2800. Chinese companies are supposed to making OLED TVs next year which should cause prices to plummet.

    Laser Discs were always $30-$40 because there was never widespread adoption. DVDs came down in price pretty quick as did blue rays. 4k blue rays will too. I’m hoping this year’s super bowl will be broadcast in 4k. That usually helps speed adoption like when HD broadcasts started taking off. So all of you know-it-all’s claiming prices are too high, you’ve always been broke and cheap and you always will be. Go watch an old CRT. You can pick one up from Goodwill for a dollar.

  • RazorSky

    I’ve gotten hate for this before, but why does UHD cost so much more? I get it, paying more for quality sure, but when the only difference between UHD and HD and SD is the bitrate the file was encrypted in I don’t see the value prop there. Buying a 300 boot vs a 50 boot makes a lot more sense when it’s built with better quality materials etc. But for Digital, it’s all the same.

    • TheRealStrider

      The bitrate is not the only difference, and certainly not the biggest difference between SD, HD and UHD. The bitrate also has nothing to do with encryption. Encryption is to help prevent piracy. SD on DVD is 720 pixels by 480 pixels, Full HD is 1920 pixels by 1080 pixels, and UHD is 3840 pixels by 2160 pixels. The number of pixels quadruples going from SD to HD and again from HD to UHD. This all translates to a much clearer image and added detail. With UHD Bluray you also get HDR which adds much more vibrant and real world accurate colors. On the audio side of things you get object based sound in the form of Dolby Atmos and DTS-X, which are far more immersive than previous technologies. I could go on and on about the benefits of Bluray and UHD Bluray.

  • CabbageHeadCat.

    Any word on upgrading previously bought movies from HD or standard to 4K? Saw a lost somewhere where the person said to call Google, they refund you the money and you repurchase. Sounds tedious.

    • blindexecutioner

      How would they force you to rebuy them? I cannot see Google refunding anything for that reason.

  • Averix

    My Chrome browsers can’t find the Chromecast on my network. The cast icon works, but it can’t find them for the offer???

  • Higher_Ground

    Sure, why not pay 3x what it costs to see on a screen bigger than my house when I can watch it on my phone (but at 4k!)

  • nice !!!

  • Stabby McKnifington

    Do I need one of them skinny TVs to watch this?

  • MJ

    The prices are insane of course and not that it matters as I am not even thinking about a 4K TV until the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.

    • Chris

      Honestly the prices are great this year. My brother and Dad picked up a 4K LG HDR Smart TV. The 49 inch was $400 and the 55 inch was $500. It was a Black Friday deal but you could easily purchase it online for the entire weekend with no hassle. It’s a great TV besides the viewing angles.

      • MJ

        The prices are good but what 4K content can I play on it? There is no 4K TV I am aware of and I am not buying over priced 4K digital or disc movies. In a year, they will be cheaper and I will be able to buy a higher end $500 4K HDR TV that runs $1000 now.

        • Chris M

          There is more media out there than you would think. I bought a Sony 4k for black friday that comes with Android tv and it has 4k content already loaded on it. There is an app for 4k movies. Youtube comes preloaded and has tons of 4k content. Netflix has a lot of shows that stream in 4k. I was like you, i didnt want to make the move until there was enough content. there is enough content.

          • Chris M

            Also Hulu and Amazon Prime also have 4k content….all preloaded on my Sony

          • MJ

            I am just saying it’s not worth it yet to me until there is 4K TV. A couple of shows on Netflix is not going to cut it. I just bought my 1080p TV three years ago. Maybe you are just to young but people used to used to keep their TVs for 10, 15, 20 years. I am just trying to make it to four years. LOL

          • Chris M

            LOL…no i get you. Growing up im pretty sure we had the same tv until i left the house

          • glimmerman76

            you missed the post that said the tv upscales the 1080p content to 4k. Its does work. The samsung ks8000 is the best 4k tv I have owned.

          • MJ

            I didn’t miss anything… Upscaling is OK but NOT the same as native resolution content. I am not interested in a 4K TV right now.

          • Higher_Ground

            that’s not a bad idea for you. For me, I was coming off a 39″ 720p TV and the 49″ 4k was a big upgrade. Sure, next year would have been a bigger upgrade but that’s one less year of watching on a smaller TV.

          • Alexander Z Great

            The way my 4k tv does upscaling to 1080p is crazy. Looks soooo good! It makes my led 1080p tv look blah.

          • BobButtons

            A TV that came with Android Auto? Are you driving with it?

        • Chris

          I thought the same thing but I found a lot of my YouTube channels are in 4K. Amazon Prime Video has some good content in 4K HDR. Also it upscales content so every show we have watched looks way crisper than before. I highly doubt cable is ever going to support 4K. If they do, it will be a long time from now. But the TV upscales everything on Netflix to look a lot better than 1080p and like I said there is more 4K content on YouTube and Amazon than I thought. And for the price of a 1080p TV from last year, I think it’s worth it now.

          But im personally not buying a 4K TV because I’m waiting for OLED to be cheaper.

  • Jerry Huster

    I still don’t have access to the UHD option and I have a Shield TV – seems that this is ONLY available for people who have a Chromecast Ultra attached to their accounts.

    • Tyler Durden

      Shield TV is one of the worst I’ve used. Fast and nice but useless when it barely supports apps and Plex still wasn’t fixed when I used it.

      • Jerry Huster

        You may be shocked by this, but I disagree wholeheartedly. It supports every Android TV app from every major provider and I am saving buckets of cash using SiliconDust’s CableCARD and DVR. Google’s “Live Channels” app is excellent. The Shield TV has replaced my clunky Xbox 360 and Windows Media Center setup completely.

    • MJ

      Huh? What does Chromecast have to do with any thing? Attach your Shield TV directly to your TV.

      • Jerry Huster

        Huh? It is attached to my TV… I’m saying, the Shield TV which is 4K doesn’t trigger the UHD option in Google Play Movies for me. I’m saying it must only get triggered if you pick up a Chromecast Ultra.

        • MJ

          That makes no sense or it’s a bug.

          • Jerry Huster

            LOL Google probably is being a dick. Which makes no sense of course since the Shield is the best-selling Android TV device.

            ALSO strange… my LG 4K TV has a real WebOS Google Play app – but even that doesn’t have the 4K option LOL.

  • Jaymus Lonestar

    These pricing tiers are a joke.

  • marcusmarcus2

    And I’m over here watching my SD videos completely happy saving money. I’ve watched a few HD movies and I never really notice a difference. Just get me a good movie, with good acting and good story line, and I’ll get more involved in the actually movie plot than paying attention to details of visual details that can be seen.

    • billy routh

      If you can’t tell the difference between HD and SD then you seriously need some glasses.

    • David Lo

      Go get your eyes checked. There’s a huge difference between SD and HD.

      • marcusmarcus2

        Sorry, I should have been more clear. Yes I can see a difference. But when watching a good movie that gets me into the story, the level of detail the HD has over SD is not much to me, as I am paying more attention to the story rather than the level of detail. It’s like watching an old Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin movie, Yes, I can clearly see it is in black and white, but I am too involved into the story line and laughing that I am not really affected by it not being in color.

  • h4rr4r

    Those prices are insane. You can get blu rays for that.

    • Adam Neighbors

      Blu rays with a DVD copy, digital copy, and loads of extra features.

      • Chris M

        Got a copy of a 4k movie and i not only got the 4k movie i got the blu ray version, a digital copy, and a bunch of extras. All for this $25 price. More than worth it and ive seen a lot of titles offering the same.

        • Adam Neighbors

          Exactly. I have no idea how they think they can charge $30 just for digital 4K.

          • Higher_Ground

            it may just be my observations but I’ve always thought media sold through google play was overpriced. all of it.

      • No_Ledge

        Beware, because I know while Warner Bros offers UHD digital versions with their UHD+HDR blurays, other studios may only offer the 1080p digital version even if the physical disc is 4K. I believe Sony is one of them.

  • Tyler Durden

    Meh. I’ll stick to Discs/Flixster/VUDU which are universal and also support both HDR standards.

    • Daniel Thomas

      Make sure you have a Vizio TV as well, as they are one of the few monitors that support both standards. BTW….UHD has nothing to do with HDR.

      • Tyler Durden

        Considering only TVs that are 4K have HDR, it kind of does.

        • Daniel Thomas

          Not true. There are plenty of 1080p TVs with HRD. but whatev

          • Tyler Durden

            …..no

          • Daniel Thomas

            So you’re saying you cannot have a 1080p output in HDR?

          • Detonation

            You could, but no one’s making them. Please show me one of the plenty of 1080p TVs with HDR you speak of.

          • Daniel Thomas

            Every 4K TV can output in 1080p. my point is that 4K is not a requirement for HDR. And most people in the TV industry agree that HDR make a more discernable viewing than 4K does, and 4K actually does very little to improve picture quality at average viewing distances.

          • Detonation

            Actually, no 4K TV can output 1080p. 4k TVs can only output 4k. All lower content is upscaled.
            Otherwise yes I get your point, but it’s pretty much a moot point because there are no 1080p TV that’s support HDR, nor is there any 1080p HDR content.

          • Miguel

            No one is making 1080p anymore, most of them are 50″ and below, if you see any are likely 12 years old, they tell you they’re new but don’t believe them.

          • Stabby McKnifington

            It’s fake HDR without the actual panels

          • Miguel

            Nope, HDR just started to roll out on a few selected 4K TVs…like 2 of them as I type, Sammy, LG and Vizio, each has one.

          • Chris M

            Sony

          • glimmerman76

            LOL best buy sells 65 tvs that support HDR right now.

          • Higher_Ground

            yeah… the ones he just mentioned.

          • Stabby McKnifington

            It’s funny…people could literally go look on the very internet they are on to confirm that you can get a 1080p TV that “supports” HDR. yet…here we are. lol

    • h4rr4r

      VUDU Universal?
      This must be some new definition of universal I am not aware of.

      • Tyler Durden

        Flixster which ports to everything, and VUDU ports over as well, Fandango now as well. VUDU also is on almost everything and supports HDX at the least. Flixster has a PC and mobile app that does 1080p.

        • h4rr4r

          What do you mean everything?
          Show me the Linux clients.

    • Joe O

      What are the benefits of VUDU over other services?

      • Tyler Durden

        Dolby Atmos/Dolby Vision. Ports over to other services. UHD. Nice interface. Mobile apps on iOS and Android that have HDX (1080p).

  • Daniel Thomas

    HDR > UHD. No need for 4k if your TV is more than 5 feet from your couch.

    • h4rr4r

      Sounds like you need a bigger TV, and maybe even see an eye doctor.

      • Daniel Thomas
        • h4rr4r

          Yes, that agrees with me.
          Your TV is too small.

          • Daniel Thomas

            i have an 80in at 10 feet away. I get full 1080p benefit. Most people agree, “While 4K (4,096 by 2,160 pixels) and ultra high definition (UHD) displays (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) sound like a great idea, they’re essentially a marketing ploy to sell more screens.” A 1080p screen with HDR is cheaper and better than a 4K non HDR screen. And a screen with 4K and HDR (most expensive and profitable to manufactures) is not much different than a 1080p with HDR.

            http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/news/ces-2016-1080p-with-hdr-trumps-uhd-4k/

          • h4rr4r

            So move a little closer.

            Either way, 1080p is dead. Come join me in the future. 4K TVs are cheap now.

            Passive 3D, the best kind, needs 4k. That way you get 1080p to each eye. Even upsampled from 1080p source this is a big deal. It gets rid of the stupid little lines.

          • Daniel Thomas

            I’m not arguing that 1080p is not dead. What i’m saying is that manufactures use 4K as a marketing ploy to sell more TVs despite the fact it offers any real advantages or discernable viewing differences than 1080p in most homes. If consumers were smart and did a little of research, they would know that HDR adds a lot more value than 4K. But hey, we live in a society where a big “NEW & IMPROVED” sticker on a product that only changes the packaging drives sales.

          • h4rr4r

            And I am pointing out that you are wrong.
            If you are sitting too far from your TV that is your problem. Fix your room for its use. Do also make your counters 10 feet high? So you can make another room pointless?

            No one has to buy a new 4k tv. However when replacing a dead TV, you would be a fool not to buy a 4k display at current prices.

            Please name one 1080p TV with HDR support. Provide a link.

          • Daniel Thomas

            You’re dense. I’m not saying there are HDR 1080p monitors on the market now. There were at one point. I really do not want to sit closer thatn 5 feet away from my TV. My point is that 4K is a marketing scheme. Read the articles.

            3 of many articles saying the same thing. Yes, 4K tvs flood the market. Yes, they are now affordable. Yes, it would not make sense to buy one today. However, all of the above is true because it was marketed as “more is better” which has been proven to be false.

            http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2016/09/12/sony-ps4-pro-4k-is-boring-but-hdr-is-amazing/#6eb3b429326a
            http://www.newtechnologytv.com/2016/06/24/ultra-hd-4k-tvs-are-still-stupid/
            http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/2/9243941/first-click-don-t-buy-that-new-4k-tv

          • MJ

            Dude, you are the confused one. There are HDR 4K TVs on the market but I am not aware of 1080p models with HDR. Anyone buying a new TV should be getting a 4K HDR model. Your chart is cool but you seem to be confusing anything less than “full benefit” as NO benefit.

          • Daniel Thomas

            i know there are 4K HDR monitor and no 1080p monitors. good god.

          • MJ

            What does this mean? –> “I’m not saying there are HDR 4K monitors on the market now. There were at one point.”

          • Daniel Thomas

            It’s called a typo!, which i edited within 30 seconds of posting it.

          • Chris M

            wait you are 5 ft away from your 65in tv and you cant see the benefits of 4k? Maybe YOU need to go in for a check up, I think your tv is just fine.

          • h4rr4r

            So you want people to buy something that does not exist?
            You are a nutter.

            You don’t want to use a thing as designed and then complain it does not work. Have a nice day.

          • Daniel Thomas

            not really. I just want people to realize that UHD content is not what it’s made out to be. If there is no HDR label on it, it’s probably not worth it.

          • John Wentworth

            In a lot of situations most people won’t notice the difference between 1080p and 4K however, some people really like big screens and sitting close to the TV as I do and I absolutely can tell a difference even in non-HDR 4K content, that said HDR really blows me away.

            That said another perk of 4K is 4K streaming which with high bitrate H265 encoding looks awesome much better than 1080p H264 streaming. I know they COULD make 1080p content look better but the point is they don’t. With 4K streaming things look at least as good as a Blu-ray which is a welcome improvement to me.

          • Daniel Mccarthy

            HDR is far more important than 4k. 4k has not impressed the public or experts. just not a great leap in quality. human eye has limitations re number of pixels it can take in. HDR isn’t about pixels or definition. try a lg OLED with HDR next to one that is 4k only. HDR wipes the floor with 4k image

          • h4rr4r

            Comparing OLED to LCD is already biased.

            4k and HDR are not competing , they are complementary technologies.

            The human eye is not the only target here. Once pixels are small enough antialiasing can be done away with as well as dead pixels no longer being a concern. These “experts” AKA TV reviewers for the most part do not understand anything other than watching broadcast TV.

          • BobButtons

            Didn’t even know they had 1080p with HDR. Just picked up a new budget 50″ a few weeks ago, 4K no-HDR. Didn’t care so much about 4K but couldn’t find any 1080p’s with HDR and the 4K’s with it were priced more than I wanted to pay. Should’ve looked harder. Rather have 1080p/HDR at this size screen & distance I have than the 4K without it.

          • TheRealStrider

            All 2016 4K tvs have HDR with REC 2020 color space so there is no point arguing that HDR is better than 4K. They now go hand in hand. Yes, many people say that HDR is a more noticeable upgrade than 4K resolution, but both are significant upgrades from HD and REC 709. I own a production company and I have shot many films in 4K, even 5K and I can testify that there is a huge difference in picture quality going from 1080p to UHD. I can see that difference on even a 55″ 4K at 15 or 20 feet. I am however, holding off on purchasing a 4K display for my home theater room until true 4K projectors are more affordable. I can’t go smaller than my 92″ projector screen.

        • Jesse Blacklock

          so you’re telling me i need to sit closer to my 65″ screen? i don’t think the wife will let me. only about 9 1/2 feet away though

          • Mike

            Yeah, technically for you to benefit from having 4k resolution, you should sit a bottle a foot for every 10 inches of TV. For a 65″ you would have to be 6.5 feet away.

        • Higher_Ground

          sure, except the content isn’t nearly the same. 480p at 10′ still only shows a fraction of the screen, pixels be damned.

        • mwalker

          You are so wrong. I can see an enormous difference with my KS9000. It’s 65″ and it’s about 15′ from the viewing area.

  • gabe1989

    dang all i need is a UHD tv, a chromecast ultra, and $30.

  • Purple Pride

    In 2 years can we buy the same movies again in SDUHD (Super Duper Ultra Hi-Definition) too?

    • Tyler Durden

      Took 10 years to go from Bluray to 4K Bluray.

      • Daniel Thomas

        8K TVs are already for sale. Granted it costs over $100k

        https://www.engadget.com/2015/09/15/8k-sharp-japan/

        • h4rr4r

          720p TVs started at prices like that one day.
          Give it a decade or less and 8k will be affordable as 4k is now.

      • John Bush

        I’m still waiting for 4K HD DVD.

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