Google sweetening the holiday season by offering free digital media content through play store

As we draw closer to the end of the year and the festive season of Christmas approaches we see companies drawing customers with attractive offerings and discounts. Google is trying to use the opportunity to introduce users to the media content in the play store aka. Movies and music albums.


Majority of users use the play store to download apps and games only. Very few subscribers have taken to buying or renting movies and music from the play store. In India people prefer downloading movies and music directly from the internet or through torrent sites and using it with third party media players like VLC or MX player mainly to save the cost of subscription and also because majority Indians don’t have credit cards and the play store doesn’t work with Indian debit cards.

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Through these free offerings Google aims at introducing people to this concept of buying or renting media content from the play store. I personally don’t use the Play movies app that came bundled with my Nexus phone and don’t think I’ll reactivate it just to watch ‘Lord of the rings’ that Google has been so generous in gifting me 😉

Let us know your opinions about Google’s strategy through your comments.

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Shri Ganesh
December 19, 2014 6:05 pm 6:05 PM

Yes, ICICI debit cards work just fine. But I’ve tried with other debit cards (SBI, Indian Bank & OBC) and they don’t work. Moreover Google’s transactions DO NOT use the 3D secure mechanism.

The stuff in Play store are very costly. They should be cheap like Netfilx. All you can eat movies for say 650 rupees per month MAX. Cuz in India finding cheap-stable-high-speed broadband is very hard.

December 19, 2014 2:07 pm 2:07 PM

Who told?. Playstore works with normal ICICI bank VISA debit card and all ICICI bank NRI debit cards. I purchase apps using this method only. Why are you posting wrong info here?.

December 19, 2014 5:43 pm 5:43 PM

like the author told,not all debit cards work on play store/ Windows store. I tried with dena bank and indian overseas bank visa debit card and they dont work,because as someone pointed out , these stores just dont have a provision for entering visa password.
as far as I know , only icici bank debit cards work and ya virtual sbi cards work.

December 19, 2014 3:40 pm 3:40 PM
I myself use ICICI visa debit card with international transactions activated and it works with the play store, but not every person in the country has an account with ICICI bank and not many other banks provision activation of international transactions on debit cards, the statements in this article are meant to address the mass of subscribers not those who have accounts with one particular bank. If you feel that the info in the article is wrong, kindly conduct a survey among play store users and find out how many of them could successfully register their indian debit cards and… Read more »
December 19, 2014 12:13 pm 12:13 PM

This is a good deal.
But Google play movies is way too costly. I guess the reason for people refrain from Play movies is its cost. 350 INR for movie which can only be playable on Google platforms. Much costly stuff.