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Old 06-22-2019, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default Google Play vs. YouTube for streaming movies

I've read in this forum that the quality of streaming is inferior on Google Play compared to YouTube (via the Purchases page).

First, is this still true?

Second, are the prints themselves the same on GP and YT? I spend a fair amount of time testing movies on each streaming provider to determine which one has the best master, since they vary in quality so much.

Obviously, I could go in and start comparing, but I'm hoping someone will already have the answer and share it here for others. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-23-2019, 12:51 AM   #2
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I've read in this forum that the quality of streaming is inferior on Google Play compared to YouTube (via the Purchases page).

First, is this still true?

Second, are the prints themselves the same on GP and YT? I spend a fair amount of time testing movies on each streaming provider to determine which one has the best master, since they vary in quality so much.

Obviously, I could go in and start comparing, but I'm hoping someone will already have the answer and share it here for others. Thanks in advance.
Youtube is indeed superior visually. I think they use a higher bit rate.
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Old 06-24-2019, 10:23 AM   #3
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I can never get youtube movies to go past 480p. I have tons of films and the only one on youtube that goes past 480p is Creed 2, this is on firestick, Roku, panasonic TV app and more. The only way I get movies to play in HD is casting youtube to a chromecast.

It's impossible to tell what resolution Google Play apps play at but I assume they play at 1080p or above.
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:50 PM   #4
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I can never get youtube movies to go past 480p. I have tons of films and the only one on youtube that goes past 480p is Creed 2, this is on firestick, Roku, panasonic TV app and more. The only way I get movies to play in HD is casting youtube to a chromecast.

It's impossible to tell what resolution Google Play apps play at but I assume they play at 1080p or above.
Aren’t you just forgetting to change the resolution in the settings to 720p or 1080p? You can buy movies in YouTube full HD so I don’t see the problem?

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Old 06-24-2019, 07:01 PM   #5
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Arenít you just forgetting to change the resolution in the settings to 720p or 1080p? You can buy movies in YouTube full HD so I donít see the problem?
No. It doesn't give me the option. It only goes up to 480p, not sure if it's because I'm in the UK and some of my movies have migrated from movies anywhere but it does it on movies purchased through Google play as well.
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Old 06-24-2019, 07:38 PM   #6
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No. It doesn't give me the option. It only goes up to 480p, not sure if it's because I'm in the UK and some of my movies have migrated from movies anywhere but it does it on movies purchased through Google play as well.
It depends on the device and drm compliance for quality available. Google/Youtube movies and tv shows are rather touchy or have limited options sadly.

I'd personally stream using Youtube however
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Old 06-24-2019, 09:36 PM   #7
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It depends on the device and drm compliance for quality available. Google/Youtube movies and tv shows are rather touchy or have limited options sadly.

I'd personally stream using Youtube however
My girlfriend played back a digital copy of John Wick 2 in 1080p Youtube via the PS4 so Iím guessing consoles are good.
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Old 07-08-2019, 03:50 PM   #8
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It depends on the device and drm compliance for quality available. Google/Youtube movies and tv shows are rather touchy or have limited options sadly.

I'd personally stream using Youtube however
I can defiantly vouch for that. Also Google can at some point allow the device to have higher playback quality on store content.

My LGTV was originally HD all they way now it allows 4K playback.
My Samsung UHD player only allowed 480p and now does 1080p.

My Phillips UHD player which has Youtube HDR only does 480p. Odd think is Lionsgate UK films are allowed to be played in 1080p only.

Hoping they remove that restriction on my Phillips and allow UHD playback at some point in the future.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:17 AM   #9
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I think devices that use the web app only allow 480p playback, I'm pretty certain of it.
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