Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

Summary: It wasn't only Android users who benefited when Google launched their new Movies feature in the Android Market. RIM BlackBerry PlayBook users can also enjoy these movies.

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After reading a bit more about the new Google Movie service I saw that you needed a Motorola Xoom at this time to watch the movie in streaming format or in downloaded offline format for viewing on the go. Google also allows you to watch via a PC and since the BlackBerry PlayBook has a desktop-class browser I decided to test it out. Movies rented through the new Google service stream perfectly in full screen on the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook through the web browser.

Since these movies also have a tie in to YouTube I thought maybe I could watch it via the YouTube application on the PlayBook, but there is no way at this time to login to your YouTube account so that was nixed. Alberto Plantilla, one of my Twitter followers, pointed out to me that he has been enjoying rental movies from www.youtube.com/movies on his PlayBook for some time. I honestly didn't even know there was such a rental service so this playability isn't really a surprise to savvy PlayBook owners.

The browser of the PlayBook does an excellent job with movies though and just the other day I had a great experience with TV shows. I fired up the ABC website on my PlayBook after connecting a HDMI cable to the device and my family enjoyed the Mother's Day episode of Modern Family in high definition. The quality out from the PlayBook was amazing and even though the device has an enterprise focus with the BlackBerry Bridge, it is an extremly capable media machine as well.

UPDATE with more mobile browser testing. I also tested out some other mobile browsers and found the following:

  • Default Android browser: Doesn't work, seems to just hang after pressing play.
  • Firefox Mobile on Android: Doesn't work, reports not compatible.
  • Dolphin Browser HD: Works decently, reports it is not optimized for mobile.
  • Opera Mobile for Android: Doesn't work, "error occurred please try again later."
  • Skyfire: Works decently, reports it is not optimized for mobile.
  • Symbian browser: Yeah, right, it can barely browse standard websites.
  • Apple iOS Safari: ?, I don't have my iPad 2 with me at the moment. Anyone try this out yet?

Topics: Browser, Google, Hardware, Mobile OS, Mobility, BlackBerry

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  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    My wife use IPAD2 and I use PLaybook some we both, Playbook is way superior in almost every Catagory.
    powerphrase@...
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      alexkinsella
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        This is great, I'm not really a big fan of blackberry, I like android as cheap and tacky as it is but that ipad thingy looks great, I love to watch free movies online in my spare time or when I'm travelling. With technology getting better and ISP's like BT looking to outsource their cloud servers to companies who have a high degree of knowledge in streaming online media, it probably would be a good time to go out and buy one of these tablets soon, I know I will.
        dmtaylor247
    • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

      Hi ?powerphrase@...,?

      Alex from RIM here. There?s a lot to like about the PlayBook, so thanks for picking one up! We?re receiving great feedback from people all over telling us how they?re putting the PlayBook to use. What do you like about it so far? How have you been using it? We?d love to hear from you ? here, or even on Twitter (@BlackBerry) or Facebook (http://bbry.lv/bdmrXv).

      Cheers,
      Alex, RIM Social Media Team
      alexkinsella
  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    Sorry... but could you clarify why the following didn't work? "no way at this time to login to your YouTube account so that was nixed"

    The youtube app on the playbook is just a link though the web browser to youtube, so I'm unsure why you couldn't login.

    thx's, Richard
    Richard1111
  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    @Richard1111, youtube app on Playbook is not a link to youtube.com but it is an actual App
    sfo-giants
    • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

      @sfo-giants

      Yes... sorry, been using the browser too much I guess :) just check my playbook and it looks like it's an app. But if you use the browser to view Youtube videos, you can login with your account.
      Richard1111
      • Yes, I use it through the browser too

        @Richard1111 In my post I was referring to the specific YouTube app (which is pretty weak), but I agree that the browser method is the way to go and MUCH better than just an app.
        palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    Sorry... but could you clarify why the following didn't work? "no way at this time to login to your YouTube account so that was nixed"

    The youtube app on the playbook is just a link though the web browser to youtube, so I'm unsure why you couldn't login.
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  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    the browser too much I guess just check my playbook and it looks like it's an app. But if you use the browser to view Youtube videos, you can login with your account.
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  • RE: Google Movies play perfectly on the BlackBerry PlayBook too

    There?s a lot to like about the PlayBook, so thanks for picking one up! We?re receiving great feedback from people all over telling us how they?re putting the PlayBook to use. What do you like about it so far? How have you been using it? We?d love to hear from you ? here, or even on Twitter
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