HD quality stream on PC?

Discussion in 'The HTPC, HDTV & Ultra High Definition section' started by gmavignier, Oct 17, 2020.

  1. gmavignier

    gmavignier Ancient Guru

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    I ususally buy or rent movies for my family on Google Play Movies. I have an Amazon Fire Stick TV on my TV and we watch it there. I usually don't worry about image quality as I know Fire Stick is very slow.

    Today I rented a movie to watch on my PC. To my surprise I can only stream it on 480P. As I researched latter, it has something to with wtaching on the browser and HDCP. Is there a software I need to install in order for me to watch it on HD on PC?

    Is this only a Google problem, or Netflix and Apple TV on iTunes have that problem as well?
     
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    gmavignier Ancient Guru

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    Cyberdyne Ancient Guru

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    Afaik, Google Play Movies is fully integrated into Youtube Movies, try watching from that site. Should show the same purchases.
     
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    It has nothing to do with the browser or HDCP. It's also not a "Google problem". This is intentional behavior. If you rent or purchase a movie from the Google Play store, using a PC, it will inform you that you can only watch the movie in "SD" on a PC.

    Will still only allow playback at 480P on a PC... It actually tells you that when you rent or purchase a movie from Google Play, on a PC....
     

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    Oh man! Must be those fine prints I never read. Thanks for the support.
     
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    I was hoping that Cyberdyne would be correct about Youtube Movies being able to play in HD, but I tested it before posting and got the same results as playing movies straight from the Google Play store page.

    If I watch movies on Amazon Prime Video, they claim to be playing in HD, so the browser isn't a limitation as I'm watching through the same Chrome browser in both instances. My recommendation would be to use Amazon if you want to watch movies on your PC.
     

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