April 13, 2021
Google is planning to discontinue access to its “Google Play Movies & TV” app on Roku streaming devices and smart TVs, including connected Samsung, LG and Vizio models beginning June 15.
The pending action reportedly also involves Movie Anywhere, the industry-backed platform that lets consumers of digital and packaged-media movies access their content across compatible devices. Platform users will still be able to access their Google Play Movies & TV and Movies Anywhere content purchases on Google-owned YouTube.
“Movies Anywhere users can rest assured that their purchased content will still be available to them on the Movies Anywhere app,” read a Movies Anywhere statement. “Movies Anywhere will continue to provide streamlined access to movies purchased through connected digital retailers, allowing movie lovers to access their collection in more places than ever before.”
While the Google Play Movies & TV app still exists, it reportedly will soon meld with Google TV, the streaming app launched last September.
In a blog post from Google product manager Hanwook Kim, the search behemoth is instructing affected users going forward to access and/or share their purchased content through its YouTube subsidiary. Movies and TV shows purchased on YouTube cannot be shared with third parties.
“Starting 6/15/2021, the Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on Roku, Samsung, LG and Vizio smart TVs,” he wrote.” “The YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows. Just log in with your Google account in the YouTube app [and] you’ll have access to all of your past purchases, and will be able to browse, purchase, and rent new content.”
Among some of the changes cited in the post:
- A consumers’ past purchases will still be available on YouTube;
- Google Play credits can be used on YouTube to make purchases;
- Play Family Library purchases can be viewed on YouTube but purchases made on YouTube do not support family sharing. Purchases made from the Google Play Movies & TV website or app will continue to support family sharing;
- Watchlists are not available on YouTube, but viewers can set up playlists.
The YouTube app is available on devices that currently support the Google Play Movies & TV app, Kim noted. Content will not be viewable on LG NetCast and LG SimpleSmart devices.