Hidden code reveals Google's plan to offer free movies and television shows

Lawrence Kim
March 26, 2020

Unlike more traditional streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies now lets users rent or buy movies as well as TV shows.

As we mentioned before, the app now only allows you to rent and buy movies and TV series, with just a very few exceptions of movies and shows that are straight-up made free. Well that might change very soon. XDA found some strings of code hidden in version 4.18.37 of the Android app suggesting that Google has something up its sleeve just ideal for the new world that we live in. One string of code in particular refers to the availability of "hundreds of movies, just a few ads".

As detailed, in version v4.18.37 of the Play Movies application, XDA spotted a few strings hinting that Google could introduce a free-with-ads selection of movies.

There is no indication if Google will adopt this ad-based model for all the titles available on Play Movies, or if it's meant only for select titles. Nevertheless, it would change radically the way the service works now as well as make it a viable competitor to other streaming services. The code reveals that there could be a new section of content in the Movies & TV app/website that will be supported by ads, and thus offered for free to users. Will you use it more often if this happens?

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