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Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example?

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Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? Chris Manley 3/15/14 11:45 AM
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Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? JayDubbya 3/15/14 1:47 PM
Chris Manley-

Welcome to Chromebook Central !

Your Chromebook likely came with a free GOGO in-flight WIFI offer so i would look to that as your first option.

How to get Chrome Goodies for your Chromebook

And Nexus Android devices allow pinning of purchased Google Play media (In the case you have paired your Chromebook purchase with a Nexus 5 32GB cellphone like i have.)

And there are ways to rip movies to various file formats for offline storage (like on USB flash drives or SD cards.)  And Chromebooks can access a whole wide variety of file formats.  (ref below)  

Supported file types and external devices

So you have many options.   But Chromebooks are at their happiest when streaming from the likes of Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, etc.  So i would recommend streaming if that is an option.

Have a safe flight !

-JW




On Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:45:08 PM UTC-5, Chris Manley wrote:

Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example?

Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? Joe Ellett 3/15/14 9:33 PM
Gogo (and other in-air hot spot services) do not want you streaming movies; it eats up a limited resource. If you try, you may find that you get throttled and the video quality will be unusable.
Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? JayDubbya 3/15/14 9:57 PM
Joe Ellett-

Thanks Joe, good to know !  

I have only used GOGO one time on an all day flight so am not really familiar with all their "ins and outs."  But i do remember reading a few months back that GOGO was undergoing a major bump-up in download speeds.

And by looking at their website right now, GOGO is definitely trying to get flyers to watch streaming movies.  So maybe that "recent" improvement in download speed has allowed the change?

Watch GOGO Streaming Movies on Demand

-JW


On Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:33:48 PM UTC-5, Joe Ellett wrote:
Gogo (and other in-air hot spot services) do not want you streaming movies; it eats up a limited resource. If you try, you may find that you get throttled and the video quality will be unusable.
Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? Joe Ellett 3/15/14 11:05 PM
Wow, that's a big change from last fall. It must be the tech boost.
Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? Tickmc 3/16/14 12:16 AM
Chris,

As far as buying movies from Google and playing them offline, that is not currently an option, I'm afraid. I keep a Nexus 7 spare for that. The full integration with Google Play and Chromebooks has yet to be finalised as even HD rentals or purchases require Android devices. I expect it to arrive eventually, but not very soon.

- Mike 
Re: Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example? JayDubbya 3/16/14 11:33 AM
Chris Manley-

so Chris - we gave you a lot of feedback and hopefully we did not confuse you.  

You asked if you could watch movies from Google Play on your Chromebook while inside an airplane.  And that answer is very likely YES, certainly - if you stream the movies.  But essentially NO if you want to play movies on a Chromebook when no WIFI is available.

So if you want to purchase media (like Movies) from Google Play your Chromebook would be an excellent device for viewing those movies if you watch them via streaming.  But streaming requires a pretty good bandwidth.  (Certainly not dial-up internet service.)  And you very likely have 12 free sessions of GoGo® Inflight Internet that came along with your Chromebook, so you should definitely look into that sweet freebie.  (We have not narrowed down your Chromebook model yet, so that would be another detail to consider in all this.)  And apparently GOGO has updated their service speeds over the past several months so that streaming speeds are no longer a concern and GOGO says movies stream fine.)

How to get Chrome Goodies for your Chromebook

But as to playing movies from local storage "off-line" - well that is generally not an option with Chromebooks.  The local storage space on a Chromebook SSD is generally inadequate for storing much in the way of movies.  A user can use external flash media (SD Cards, USB drives etc) but that is cumbersome and requires a lot of technical knowledge about file ripping, etc.  But it is just difficult, not prohibited.

And Android devices like the Nexus 5 32GB or Nexu 7 32GB can "pin movies" so that they are available for off-line viewing when there is no WIFI signal available.  But still the number of movies to be stored for off-line viewing is not that great.  

So you have many options.   But Chromebooks are at their happiest when streaming from the likes of Netflix, Youtube, Google Play, GOGO Movies, etc.  

Have a safe flight !

-JW



On Saturday, March 15, 2014 1:45:08 PM UTC-5, Chris Manley wrote:
Can I buy films from Google and then watch them offline, on a plane for example?