In the last few years, online streaming services have grown at a tremendous rate. Nowadays, there are hundreds of places to get some free content without paying a single penny. Platforms like Vudu, Sling TV, and a few other platforms offer ad-supported content for free, and now, it looks like Google might jump into the same action.
According to the latest report from XDA Developers, some lines of code in the Android app of Google Play Movies & TV reveals the plans of Google for this service. Multiple strings within the app make it clear that Google is planning to add these free movies to the service in the future.
The strings include an announcement message that mentions there will be “hundreds of movies” available with “just a few ads.” This gives us the idea that Google will add a separate library for free content, which will be streamed with ads to monetize them.
On the other hand, there is also the finite probability that these new ad-supported films are just an extension of YouTube Movies as Google Play Movies and YouTube Movies share the same purchased library.
In addition to that, it also looks like these free movies may require users to end a birthdate, potentially to keep children from watching R-rated films. Here’s are those strings found within the app.
<string name=”athome_add_birthdate_to_watch”>Add birthdate to watch</string>
<string name=”athome_free_with_ads”>Free with ads</string>
<string name=”athome_free_with_ads_description”>Hundreds of movies, just a few ads</string>
<string name=”athome_watch_free_with_ads”>Watch free with ads</string>
<string name=”cast_expanded_controller_ad_in_progress”>Ad in progress\u2026</string>
<string name=”see_free_movies”>See free movies</string>
As for the availability, there is no defined date of when this feature will roll out in the stable version of Google Play Movies. However, we can expect to see this feature soon as most of the entertainment service providers are offering free service during the current emergency of the novel coronavirus.
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