No TV shows, music or magazines for UK Google Nexus 7

When Google first announced its Android 4.1-powered Nexus 7 tablet with much fanfare earlier in June, it heavily promoted the fact that it would also use the Google Play store to download movies, TV shows, music, apps, books and magazines. As it turns out, that was just for the US version of the seven inch tablet.

The Inquirer is reporting that, according to Google, people in the UK who purchase the Nexus 7 won't be able to download any TV shows, music or magazines from the Google Play store. At the moment, Google simply doesn't have the proper licensing rights to offer that kind of content in the UK Google Play store. UK owners of the Nexus 7 will have to stick with downloading movies, apps and books.  There's no word when, or even if, the content in the US Google Play store will become available in the UK version.

The Nexus 7 tablet, made by Asus, should still be a very impressive tablet, with its quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and the new Jelly Bean version of the Android OS. It will become available for sale later this month for the price of just £159 in the UK.

Source: The Inquirer

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Surely Zinio or 3rd party magazine solutions exist. Surely there are other ways to buy music. Surely there is a Sky player app for Android that will play TV shows.

Just because Google is offering it doesn't mean that the content doesn't exist.

I assumed the reason why Nexus 7 won't be available to buy here in Sweden was that since it's a no-profit device that will only make google money as a consumation device for their marketplace, and the marketplace isn't really available here yet, there's no profit in it for them yet. But if the UK is getting it without the media sales, I don't see why they aren't selling it to more countries.

sialivi said,
I assumed the reason why Nexus 7 won't be available to buy here in Sweden was that since it's a no-profit device that will only make google money as a consumation device for their marketplace, and the marketplace isn't really available here yet, there's no profit in it for them yet. But if the UK is getting it without the media sales, I don't see why they aren't selling it to more countries.

It makes sense for Google to get people vested in the Android ecosystem even if they can't consume all content. They will still buy apps, and other content.

sialivi said,
I assumed the reason why Nexus 7 won't be available to buy here in Sweden was that since it's a no-profit device that will only make google money as a consumation device for their marketplace, and the marketplace isn't really available here yet, there's no profit in it for them yet. But if the UK is getting it without the media sales, I don't see why they aren't selling it to more countries.

I would imagine this is factored into the slight increase.

Note that Google is still taking a heavy loss on these. Google makes far more money off of usage statistics they obtain from device users.

When you 'opt in' to the Google account and using Android, you are providing Google with all types of tracking and usage data they use to increase their profit potential in seeing upcoming trends and selling information to advertisers and 'special partners'.

Can anyone in the US even get the Movies or TV shows in HD yet? I tried renting a movie the other day in the Google Play store and it wasn't even in HD, when I selected the HD quality. It only displayed it on Android.

calimike said,
Geez! Buy MSFT Surface

Given that it's going to be almost triple the price, and powered by the Metro abortion, no thanks.

rfirth said,

You don't know that.

Microsoft was pretty clear about the pricing without giving numbers. From what they said it sounded like $599 for Windows RT, and $899 to $999 for Windows 8 Pro versions. So that isn't anywhere near $199 of this tablet.

calimike said,
Geez! Buy MSFT Surface

Love that logic. Want a $200 tablet instead of a $400 dollar tablet, but missing features? Get a $500 tablet!

$199 or £159.
Sod that. Once again the UK gets a heavially inflated priced compared to the US equlivient, was interested in getting one but not gonna be taken for a mug.

n_K said,
$199 or £159.
Sod that. Once again the UK gets a heavially inflated priced compared to the US equlivient, was interested in getting one but not gonna be taken for a mug.

Compared with the usual way of swapping the $ for a £ this is actually a step forwards. Although I agree the markup is still very disappointing. Still at £159 I think it's a pretty compelling buy as it will blow away every other tablet we currently have in that price range.

This however still shows how stupid a lot of rights owners are. They complain about people pirating content but hold back ways of gaining access to it legitimately.

n_K said,
$199 or £159.
Sod that. Once again the UK gets a heavially inflated priced compared to the US equlivient, was interested in getting one but not gonna be taken for a mug.

Simple math tells me that minus VAT in the UK (since US prices don't include taxes) this tablet costs roughly £133.00 or about $207.00 USD at today's exchange rate. That certainly is heavily inflated

Boxster17 said,

Simple math tells me that minus VAT in the UK (since US prices don't include taxes) this tablet costs roughly £133.00 or about $207.00 USD at today's exchange rate. That certainly is heavily inflated

Not to mention the fact that UK has more regulation and consumer protection in place. There is also the cost of just operating support in the UK. These things aren't exactly free or have all the exact same costs as the US market. UK folks who continuously complain about their prices need to stop commenting on the blogs about it and start writing to their representatives in government explaining that they want less consumer protection in order to have lower prices.

I wouldn't count on TV Shows and Magazines making it to the UK, Play Music has been out in the US for how long and it still hasn't made it over here yet.