Google Play, although not as firmly established as iTunes or other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu or Flixter, is becoming a go to place for multimedia content lovers – especially video. Music, books, games, apps, TV shows and movies can all be downloaded or streamed from the service. Formerly called Android Market, the rebranding of the digital distribution service – launched under the Play name in 2012 – has been a big success for the search engine giant. As a movie lover, I enjoy Google Play’s offerings – though prices could be more competitive – but I’ve struggled with something when watching my selections: Jittery, stuttering or jerky buffer playback.
The Play App works fine on my Android devices – well, mostly. I haven’t experienced many crashes at all, and music, books and apps are pretty seamless in delivery and execution. However, when I view my TV shows or movies, I find that from time to time, there’s a noticeable lag or stutter in the playback. This has been especially evident when using my Chromebook. With HD movies – say a long film like The Hobbit or Wolf of Wolf Street – the file size and playback will no doubt challenge Google’s servers. Surprisingly, though, I’ve even noticed it when streaming a standard or SD selection like a half hour sitcom or animated show. It’s become increasingly frustrating to view my movies and television programs.
YouTube – Core Streaming Video
Google owns YouTube, and so it’s no wonder that when you view a streaming movie on your Android device like a smartphone or tablet, the video is stored on the YouTube website. If you have a Google Play account, then it will work with YouTube – in synchronicity with Google’s cross platform sign in versatility and goodness. But here’s where it gets really cool and convenient.
You can watch all your movie and television Play selections on YouTube.
That’s right. Any TV show or movie you purchase – or rent – on Play is available for streaming on YouTube. When I realized this, I stopped watching films and TV shows on the Play app, and went right over to YouTube. I was thrilled to find that the streaming is nearly flawless there and it’s just as user friendly. Now I watch almost all my video content exclusively on YouTube.
Google Play’s app is a great way to enjoy your streaming content on the go, but if you find your video streaming is stuttering, click on over to YouTube and avoid all that jittery junk. You’ll enjoy a much smoother, streaming video experience.