How to watch movies on a Galaxy Tab

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How to watch movies on a Galaxy Tab
Some streaming apps won't work with older versions of Android. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Samsung Galaxy Tab-owning film buffs can get their virtual celluloid fix in a number of ways on their Android devices. In the early days of Google's mobile operating system, Apple's iOS delivered more content and streaming apps than its rival. Galaxy Tab owners can now access myriad video-on-demand apps and rent and buy movies through Google Play, as well as transfer their own movie files to their tablets.

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Things you need

  • Debit or credit card
  • Mini USB cable

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    Download video-on-demand service apps from the Google Play store. Streaming services such as Netflix, blinkbox and NOW TV provide free Android apps that will allow you to watch films on your Galaxy Tab. Check service specifications before downloading, as some streaming apps won't work with earlier versions of Android. You'll typically need to sign up for an account to enjoy video-on-demand streaming from these companies on your slate, and will either need to get a monthly subscription or pay individually for the content you watch.

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    Tap the Google Play icon on your tablet computer's home screen and select "Movies." Go to "Categories" to see a wide selection of films you can rent and buy. You'll need to have a payment method linked to your Google account to make purchases. If you don't have one set up, follow the instructions to link a debit or credit card to your account.

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    Transfer movie files from your computer's hard drive to your Galaxy Tab using Samsung's Kies PC/Mac software. Download Kies, hook your tablet up to your computer using a mini USB cable and drag and drop movie files from your computer to your tablet. Check your Tab's memory before transferring multiple files by tapping "Settings" from your apps menu and selecting "Storage" from your "Device" menu. You may need to delete some files from your tablet to free up space for your films.

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    Go to the Google Play store on your device and download on-demand apps from broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. These services are typically focused on the streaming of television programmes, but occasionally carry films.

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    Hook your slate up to a TV using Samsung's Galaxy Tab HDTV Adapter. If you've got a killer movie on your tablet you want to watch but feel its screen won't do the feature justice, you can use this adapter to get the video output from your tablet on a larger HDTV. You can pick the device up from electrical retailers of online.

Tips and warnings

  • Be conscious or data usage if you're streaming video content over a 3G network or are close to your Internet service provider's data allowance.

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