Google Features A Dozen Movie Rentals For $0.99 Each

If you live in the United States, have the next two days off, and are looking for something to do, Google has a solution, watch a movie! A dozen movies are available to rent from the Android Market for $0.99 each at market.android.com.

When you go to the site click Movies, then click the $0.99 Feature at the top of the screen. You will need a Google Checkout, or soon to be Google Wallet, account in order to rent the movie. The movies that you rent can be watched on a desktop PC using a web browser or on an Android device with the Google Videos app.

After you rent a movie you have 30 days to start watching it, and after you start watching it you have 24 hours to finish watching it. If you rent the movie from a PC you will find it in the Movies tab of the My Library menu option of the Android Market.

To watch a movie that you rent on an Android device, tap the Movies option on the home screen of the Android Market app, then tap Menu, My Movies. If you don’t have the Google Videos app installed on the device you will see a prompt to install it.

Movie playback is pretty good on my Nexus S provided that it has a good connection to the Internet. Unfortunately, while you can play movies on either a PC or Android device, in fact on multiple devices, Google doesn’t synchronize how much the movie you have watched, so you can’t switch between a PC and a smartphone and have playback pick up right where you left off.