Google is killing “Google Play Movies & TV” on smart TVs

Google is killing “Google Play Movies & TV” on smart TVs


It certain looks as if “Google Play Films & TV,” Google’s video content material retailer, is on the way in which out. Late final yr, the Android model of the Play Films & TV app was rebranded as “Google TV,” and now, Google is announcing (by way of 9to5Google) that on many sensible TV platforms, Google’s bought video content material might be accessible from the YouTube app. The transition will begin June 15, when Google says the “Google Play Films & TV app will now not be accessible on Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio sensible TVs.”

Like several Google service transition (we’re specialists at this by now), this transfer comes with some caveats. Google notes that every one your previous purchases might be accessible on YouTube, however new purchases made on YouTube do not assist household sharing throughout family-member accounts. The Google Play TV watchlist additionally will not be making the leap. Moreover, there are a number of discussion board complaints already saying that the YouTube app on sure platforms lacks the encompass sound audio or HDR assist that Play Films had.

Google Play Films & TV launched in 2012 (beforehand, it was “Google Films”) as a method to purchase and lease skilled, Hollywood-style video content material by means of Google’s ecosystem. It launched as a part of the unified Google Play ecosystem, alongside the Google Play app retailer, Google Play Books, Play Music, and Play Magazines. Google Play Magazines ultimately turned Google Play Newsstand and shut down in 2018 in favor of the revamped Google Information. Google Play Music died in 2020, and customers have been pushed to YouTube Music. That makes two lifeless Google Play manufacturers to date.

As for Play Films & TV, the app has already been changed on Android telephones, the place it’s now referred to as “Google TV.” Google launched this app alongside one other “Google TV” product, the Google TV working system, which is an eventual substitute for Android TV and first shipped on the newest Chromecast. Each Google TVs, along with being Google content material shops, mixture content material from different companies, like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

Google’s half-launched, inconsistent rebranding efforts make watching a bought Google film an advanced proposition. The corporate has a complete “where you can watch” assist web page explaining which manufacturers exist on which platforms. On Android, bought content material is out there on the YouTube app and Google TV, whereas on iOS, you possibly can choose from YouTube and Google Play Films & TV, for the reason that app hasn’t been rebranded but. On the net, content material lives on the YouTube and Google Play Films & TV web site. On sensible TVs talked about in right this moment’s announcement, you are in search of the YouTube app, whereas on Android TV, which continues to be round, you need Play Films & TV. It is also apparently doable to play bought content material on the YouTube TV app (Google’s monthly-fee cable TV substitute) however the assist article doesn’t point out this.

The state of affairs will in all probability be additional difficult by which nation you are in. In keeping with Google’s assist pages, Google Play Films & TV supports bought films in 117 counties and TV reveals in 9 nations, whereas YouTube solely supports films in 44 nations and TV reveals in eight. That does not bode nicely for a clean transition, however Google has two months to determine it out.