US and Canada get official rollout of 4K Google Play Movies

We recently caught a few more pixels that have slipped into the Google Play Movies catalog. Now, those pixels have made themselves known.

Google has announced that over 125 motion pictures are now available in UHD quality with Google’s own VP9 codec. US and Canada residents can now purchase and stream 4K movies on their Android device, Chromecast Ultra, Sony Bravia Android TV, Xiaomi Mi Box 3, 2016 model year Samsung Smart TVs and on the desktop.

Options for 4K to rent and 4K to buy are scattered and both may not necessarily be available on a single movie. Rentals generally go for US$7.99 while purchases are US$29.99.

Those with new Chromecast Ultra devices can take advantage of a coupon for a free viewing of “Ghostbusters: Answer The Call,” “Captain Phillips” or one of a few other flicks in 4K as long as they grab a coupon code by December 31 and use it up by April 30.

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