Google-Play-Screenshot1As far as streaming set-top boxes are concerned, there are many options to choose from, such as offerings from Google in the form of Google TV, Amazon’s Fire TV, and Roku, just to name a few. You would think that they would all be competitors since they basically offer different sorts of content, but perhaps not.

According to a recent announcement by Roku on their blog, it has been revealed that the company has recently allowed its users access to Google Play movies and TV shows. This means is that if you currently have media content purchased from Google Play, you will be able to watch them on your Roku device.

However as noted by Roku, this will only affect those living in the US, UK, Ireland, and Canada, so for those in other countries, you guys are out of luck for now. It’s an interesting move by Google, especially given that they are working on Android TV which is scheduled to make its way into smart TVs come 2015.

Then again Google has been pretty open with allowing their content across multiple platforms, such as releasing Gmail and Google Maps apps for iOS, so we guess we can’t say we’re too surprised that such a partnership has formed between Roku and Google. That being said if you’re a Roku owner, you should go ahead and connect your Google account because Google will be giving away a free HD copy of X-Men when you do so.

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