The Mo­bile The­ater

THE SMART­PHONE HAS BE­COME A GATE­WAY TO THE WORLD OF MOVIES. BUT ARE YOU WILL­ING TO PAY?

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - CONTENTS - BY NIDHI SIN­GAL

The smart­phone now gives you ac­cess to movies from around the world. A look at the paid as well as free op­tions to bring the cinemas into the small screen

Till a cou­ple of years ago, it was vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to watch full-length movies on the phone. While there were hardly any on­line sources avail­able to stream con­tent di­rectly into the phone, it was a cum­ber­some process to con­vert movies to the for­mats that worked on your phone. Even then, the ex­pe­ri­ence wasn’t re­ally great be­cause of the small dis­plays.

But things have changed for the bet­ter. Smart­phone dis­plays are now get­ting big­ger and bet­ter with even Full HD res­o­lu­tion and there are a host of apps that let you play any video for­mat. To­day, most of the smart­phones have dis­plays larger than four inches. Then the new wave of con­tent stores let you legally down­load and watch the best movies from around the world on your smart­phone. If you haven’t no­ticed, most topend smart­phones have HDMI ports that let you beam con­tent from them to larger screens with the same clar­ity. Here are the best op­tions to bring the cinemas to your pri­vate screen:

CON­TENT STORES

The con­cept of con­tent stores has been very pop­u­lar abroad. But their de­lay in

com­ing to In­dia has made users here heavl­ity re­liant on pi­rated con­tent. But in the past few months both the big play­ers in this space have en­tered In­dia and are wooing con­sumers here with af­ford­able rates and a var­ity of ti­tles.

iTUNES (iOS)

Ap­ple made iTunes avail­able to In­dia late last year. Along with song and pod­cats, movies from the store are also avail­able on the iPhone. Un­der the movies tab you find a lot of In­dian films too. You have the op­tion of ei­ther buy­ing or rent­ing the movies. Prices vary ac­cord­ing to the pop­u­lar­ity of the movie or the year of re­lease. The cheap­est pur­chases start ` 50 while rentals could be as low as

` 30.

MOVIES ON GOOGLE PLAY

(AN­DROID)

If you are an An­droid smart­phone user, you must have spot­ted movie ti­tles on the land­ing page of the Google Play Store in the past few weeks. Google has fol­lowed Ap­ple and launched Play Movies in In­dia last month with the op­tion to buy or rent con­tent. Listed movies can be streamed over Wi-Fi or 3G net­works. Users can store films for off­line view­ing us­ing the Play Movies app. Rental rates start from ` 50 and pur­chases at ` 190.

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