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Android’s biggest gaping void? Video content

TOV is an equal-opportunity griper so it's important not to overlook problems on platforms competing with Apple's iOS. Android Police has a good round-up this morning looking at all the ways Android is deficient on the multimedia front, particularly for movies and TV shows.

This is where I’m starting to get seriously worried. Google does have a small selection of movies available via the YouTube Store, but for some unfathomable reason, it isn’t accessible from Android phones (when you click on a title, you are told that “this video is not available in your country”). And even if Google did allow Android phones to access the YouTube Store, the experience still wouldn’t be able to stand up to the likes of iTunes or even Amazon’s Video On Demand service.

Why? For starters, the Store only offers a rental service, with no permanent purchase option in sight. Additionally, the process of actually finding movies to rent is a good deal more complicated than it should be – when you search for an item on youtube.com/store, regular, amateur YouTube videos are displayed alongside Hollywood productions. A third issue I have with the YouTube Store is the sheer lack of content available – want to watch a Warner Bros. movie? Out of luck! Or how about a TBS show? Look elsewhere!

-Android Police, Feb. 14, 2011

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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