HD movie & TV show availability
Select movies and TV shows are available in high definition (HD). HD video displays with a higher resolution than standard definition (SD) video, which results in a sharper picture. Typical HD display resolution will be 1,280×720 pixels (720p) or 1,920×1,080 pixels (1080i/1080p).Why aren't all titles available in HD?
The availability of HD titles is dependent on our Studio licensing agreements. We're always working to add more HD content.
To find out if your device is capable of playing HD videos, visit the Google Play store app on your device. If you see the option to select an HD option when completing your transaction, your device will be able to play HD videos. Whenever HD content is available, SD video will still always be available at a lower price.
If your device's display doesn't meet the minimum requirements for HD, it will play the video in SD instead. You can still purchase the HD version and watch it in HD on another supported device.
Any video transaction completed on Google Play using your computer will give you the option to rent or purchase in HD. However, this doesn't necessarily mean that all videos can be watched in HD on your computer.
You'll need a laptop screen or monitor that meets the display resolution requirements. Select movies and TV shows can be watched in HD on a computer, in accordance with our studio licensing agreements. If a video is available in HD, you can click the Settings icon at the bottom of the web player, and change the quality.
If a title is not available in HD on your computer, it will play in SD instead. You can still watch in HD on a supported device.