Google has announced that its Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available for Samsung, LG, Roku and Vizio smart TVs. Instead, Google will double down on YouTube as keeping it the only place for watching movies, TV shows and other content. As the Play app is shutting down, all your past purchases on it will be available to you on YouTube, the company announced. Furthermore, for your next purchase, you would have to rely on YouTube only.
Along with your past purchases, your Google Play Credits can now be used on YouTube. The Family Library purchases on the Play app can be viewed on YouTube but content purchased on YouTube would not support family sharing. Also, your Watchlist will not be available on YouTube; Google says that you can set up playlists.
Google adds that “YouTube app is available on devices that currently support the Google Play Movies & TV app. Content will not be viewable on LG NetCast and LG SimpleSmart devices. Rent and purchase features on YouTube may not be available on all devices. Subject to country availability.”
It seems Google is all set to pull the plug on its Play Movies & TV app; it has already taken first steps to stop the service on some devices, porting the content of the users to another app which turns out to be YouTube only. The tech giant can move the subscriptions and content to YouTube which is clearly its better known app for consuming video content. YouTube also has a Premium subscription tier that is paid, offering the users ad-free content. It is yet to be known if users are going to miss the Google Play Movies & TV app. For the nonce, it looks unlikely.
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