HD movie & TV show availability
Most movies and TV shows on Google Play are available in high definition (HD). HD video displays with a higher resolution than standard definition (SD) video, which results in a sharper picture. Typical HD display resolution will be 1,280×720 pixels (720p) or 1,920×1,080 pixels (1080p).
Why aren't all titles available to play in HD?
You can rent or purchase HD content for most titles, but this doesn't mean all videos can be watched in HD on your device. The ability to play HD titles depends on studio licensing agreements and compatibility with your device.
Can I watch an HD title on my device?
HD playback is always available on Chromecast, Android TV, and Roku. If you're watching from a different device, select your device or browser below for more information.
If a title isn't available in HD, you don't have sufficient bandwidth to stream an HD movie, or your device's display doesn't meet the minimum requirements, the video will automatically play in SD instead. You can still purchase the HD version and watch it in HD on another supported device (e.g. Chromecast or another device associated with the same Google Account).
HD availabilityGoogle Play Movies & TV app on Android devices
HD playback is supported on most phones and tablets.
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