Google has increased the geographic availability of its Google Play movies and music stores to 37 new markets, with the service now available in 54 countries around the world. New territories include the Nordics, Netherlands and Portugal in Western Europe; Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and Mali in Africa; Colombia, Chile, and Peru in Latin America; and Hong Kong, Nepal, Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Asia Pacific. In conjunction with Google Play’s broader roll-out of its film and music store, Google has officially begun to ship its Chromecast device in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, and the Nordics. Set to retail at EUR 35, the diminutive HMDI dongle allows viewers to consume YouTube and Google Play content on any HDMI-compliant TV set.
Google’s expansion will add 3% to the size of the global online transactional movie market by 2017 by IHS estimates
Chromecast expansion into Europe will be bolstered by stronger Android uptake relative to its US initial launch market
In this report:
- Google’s expansion of Play movie store
- iTunes movies vs Play movies overlap
- Chromecast launch in Europe
List of tables and charts:
- Google Play Movies vs iTunes Movies availability by market
- Global online transactional movie revenues ($bn)
- Connected digital media adapter installed base
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Number of charts and tables: 3
Manager, Research and Analysis, Broadband Media
Irina Kornilova is a Research & Analysis Manager, Channels, Programing & Online Video at Omdia.
Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Digital Media & Video Technology
Mr. Merrick Kingston is an associate director at IHS Markit, and engages in a broad spectrum of digital media and video technology research.