Search giant Google has quietly switched on its movie service in South Africa, months after launching its music offering locally.

Dubbed Google Play Movies, the service enables users to rent or buy movies such as Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey and The Lego Movie.

Costs for renting or buying movies varies depending on the title. For example, comedy film Ted costs R11.99 to rent and R119.99 to buy. Meanwhile, Pitch Perfect 2 is not available for rent but it costs R149.99 to buy.

Television shows are not available on Google Play in South Africa yet.

Neighbouring African countries Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia are among places that also have Google Play Movies now.

The launch of Google Play Movies in South Africa comes hot on the heels of the search giant launching its music streaming offering in December last year.

Google’s push to enter South Africa’s video on demand space further comes after US-based Netflix launched in the country in January.