Google puts the key on Play Movies & TV for some key platforms
- Google is closing the Play Movies & TV app for most smart TV devices and platforms.
- Users will have to rely on YouTube to access their purchased content after shutdown.
Google Play Movies & TV is expected to disappear from major smart TV platforms in the coming months. According to an official email sent to 9to5Google, the app will no longer be available on Roku as well as LG, Samsung and Vizio smart TVs.
The change will take place on June 15, after which users of the Play Movies & TV app will have to rely on YouTube to access the content they’ve purchased and purchase more movies.
Google announced the Google TV app last year, which will eventually replace Play Movies & TV entirely. This is also why the new Updated Google TV UI on Chromecast does not have a Google Play Movies app.
It looks like Google will still provide access to Play Movies & TV on the Android TV, iOS, and Apple TV platform. For all of the other aforementioned smart TV platforms, Google says previous purchases will be available in YouTube’s “Library” tab under the “Your Movies & Shows” section. You will need to log in using the same account you used on the outgoing app.
The firm also explains that Google Play credits can still be used in the YouTube app. Family Library content will also be available on YouTube, but in-app purchases will not be eligible for Family Sharing. You can, however, purchase content through the Google Play website for family sharing.
Google is also offering a promo code of $ 5.99 for a free movie to loyal customers.