Originally Posted by lordhutt
I've never bought a movie on Google Play so I don't know how it works but unless you can download a full size video file to permanently store on your computer then you didn't 'purchase' anything...
Physical media or something I can fully download is the only way I'll go.
You shouldn't have to fear that a movie you 'purchased' will disappear. Actually it shouldn't even be legal for that to happen.
It's all very confusing. I "own" hundreds of streaming movies -- started out converting my physical media using VuDu. For a while, they had a deal where you could move a movie online for streaming for $1 for a DVD, $2 for a BluRay, or a couple of dollars more to upgrade a DVD to BluRay quality online (they call it HDX, and I find it's quite good). VuDu and FandangoNow are members of the Ultraviolet consortium, which actually stores the licenses for the streaming movies and allows one to watch on any streaming service that's a member. So I "upgraded" all of of my qualifying physical media (nearly everything except Disney titles qualified for conversion online) and donated the physical media to the Children's Hospital (where appropriate) and the library. I also occasionally bought movies on sale from FandangoNow (good deals when they started up), iTunes, and GooglePlay. It's a pain to keep track of what titles are on which service.
Then "MoviesAnywhere" came along, and many of the titles I "own" appeared in that as well as I "connected" each of the member services: VuDu, FandangoNow, AmazonVideo, GooglePlay, and iTunes. The only ones that didn't cross over are Paramount and Lionsgate titles and those are in Ultraviolet, although some titles are service-specific and still don't show up anywhere else. And some movies not part of MoviesAnywhere (Paramount, Lionsgate, some smaller studios) purchased on services that aren't part of Ultraviolet (like iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon) are only on the service where they were purchased. So the Paramount Star Trek 1-10 movies, which I bought as a package for $20 on sale on iTunes are only in iTunes, at least until Paramount joins MoviesAnywhere. I do like buying movies on iTunes because 1) I suspect that service, along with VuDu, owned by Walmart) will be around for a long time; and 2) they offer 4K for the same price as VuDu's 1080p HDX and I found that for MoviesAnywhere titles, the licenses usually transfer. They've also pledged to automatically upgrade any HD purchases to 4K if/when a 4K version of a title becomes available. I suspect the automatic upgraded titles won't transfer though. Also VuDu 4K purchases do seem to appear as 4K in iTunes.
It's all very confusing. And I don't know how my heirs will deal with this "property" or if they'll even know it exists. Hopefully that won't be a problem for a very long time.
Finally, I have some of my own movies on a Plex server, which is fantastic, BTW.
So it's a pain to figure out what movies are where, and movies that appear in more than one service at which quality -- need to use a spreadsheet. In the past, I used "MyMovies" (mymovies.dk) to keep track of physical media -- maybe it now lets one track "virtual movies" on these services. Really need a content aggregator. If Paramount/Lionsgate join MoviesAnywhere, and Ultraviolet is absorbed into MoviesAnywhere, things will be a lot better. MoviesAnywhere started out as "DisneyMoviesAnywhere" and was opened up, so there's hope that it will survive (you can stream movies from there as well).
I would be interested if anyone has done a quality comparison of the various streaming services on various apps. That would be VuDu, MoviesAnywhere, GooglePlay, AmazonVideo, FandangoNow, iTunes (only on AppleTV). I usually stick to iTunes and VuDu and find both excellent on my Sony 940D and LG 2016 E-series OLED -- but I use AppleTV 4K on both for streaming (built-in apps get out of date and crash too much on the Sony and LG doesn't support HBO-GO).