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Google may be planning a movie streaming service to take on Netflix

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:00PM EST
Google Netflix Rival

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Shares of Netflix are up more than 80% so far in 2015, and it’s looking like the movie streaming business isn’t a bad one to be in right now. Just like the rest of us, Google appears to have taken note and it seems as though the company is at least toying with the idea of launching a Netflix-like service of its own.

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If there’s one thing no company ever wants to hear, it’s probably the phrase, “Google is about to enter your market.” Granted, Netflix is a clear leader in the content-streaming space and likely wouldn’t be quite as nervous at the thought of rivalling Google. All the same, we’re sure Netflix executives would rather not compete with Google if they don’t have to.

If a new survey being conducted by Google is any indication though, Netflix might not have a choice.

Google+ user Hugo Seijas posted a screenshot of a Google Opinion Rewards survey he was taking because one particular question caught his eye: “Do you have a Google monthly movie pass?”

Of all the people taking the survey, we doubt a single one will answer yes to that question. Why? Because there is no such thing as a Google monthly movie pass.

There’s no telling whether or not Google actually has an unlimited streaming movie service similar to Netflix planned, but it’s certainly not unreasonable to think the company wants to dive deeper into content streaming. Google currently has a large catalog of movies in the Play store, but for the time being, they are only available to rent or purchase.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.