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Google bringing movie rentals to portable devices

May 10, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Fresh off its movie deal for online video site YouTube, Google Inc. said it will offer film rentals on Android phones and tablet computers.

Google announced Tuesday that it will begin renting thousands of movies, including "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and the animated hit "Despicable Me" through the Android Marketplace (which is Google's version of the Apple iTunes store). Movies can be rented on home computers, then made available to watch on a tablet computers or mobile phones.

Verizon customers who own a Motorola Xoom tablet can begin renting movies directly from the device. In coming weeks, an update to the Android software will expand that feature to other devices.

Terms are identical to YouTube's expanded movie rental service announced Monday. Prices for newly released films start at $3.99; while older movies rent for $2.99 and up.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

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