Tip: Access Google Play Movies & TV on Apple TV

Tip: Access Google Play Movies & TV on Apple TV

There’s no Google Play Movies & TV app on Apple TV for some reason. But that doesn’t mean you can’t play your purchased content from the service on Apple TV.

If you’ve been reading my site for a while, you know that I spend a disproportionate amount of time thinking about this stuff. Which services are best. Which set-top boxes. And so on.

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And when it comes to the living room and digital media, there’s no one good answer. Most set-top boxes—Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast/Google Cast or Android TV, Roku, whatever—support all the major services. You can get Netflix or Hulu literally everywhere.

What you can’t do is access other, less pervasive services everywhere. For example, Apple’s movies and TV show content is only available on Apple TV. And Google’s Play Movies & TV app is only available (directly) on Ruko and on some select smart TVs. Or, via a mobile device, on Chromecast/Google Cast/Android TV.

But as it turns out, you can, in fact, access your purchased Google movie or TV content on Apple TV.

You just use YouTube.

There is a YouTube app on Apple TV, and that app provides access to your purchased movie and TV show content. There are a few different ways to access this content, but the quickest is to navigate to My YouTube > Purchases. Everything you’ve purchased from the service is right there.

What’s odd is that you can view Google Play Movies & TV content you’ve not purchased in the YouTube app on Apple TV, too. But no matter how you find it, in the Movies area, perhaps, or via search, all you can do is preview it. There’s no way to buy or rent right from the app. So you’d have to do that from your phone or another mobile device first. But then you could watch it on your Apple TV.

You can preview, but not buy or rent.

No, it’s not the full functionality I want. But it’s a neat little workaround.


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  • nbplopes

    02 October, 2017 - 2:49 pm

    <p>It looks like Google is testing out the consolidation between YouTube and Google Play.</p>

  • Bats

    02 October, 2017 - 3:04 pm

    <p>Someone who owns and Apple TV. should be firmly using the Apple ecosystem of iPhone and Macs. Why would an iPhone user look to purchase movies on Google Play? Basically all the services are the same, offering (pretty much) the same products.</p><p><br></p><p>People need and should keep their ecosystem simple, by keeping everything in one place. There is no need to buy an Android TV box, then switch to Apple TV because you heard that the processor is better or faster. LOL…that would be absurd and a waste of money.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>If a person has movies or tv shows in Google Play, Apple TV, Groove, Amazon….lol…how stupid would that be?</p><p><br></p><p>KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.</p>

    • Winner

      02 October, 2017 - 3:22 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#186570"><em>In reply to Bats:</em></a></blockquote><p>So what you are saying is we should stay locked in?</p><p>That's now how I operate.</p>

    • FreeJAC

      03 October, 2017 - 10:55 am

      <blockquote><a href="#186570"><em>In reply to Bats:</em></a></blockquote><p>What about using best tool for the job? Apple TV has games so by your logic, I should do all my gaming there. Sorry but I am not giving up my Xbox. The Xbox also surpasses the Apple TV in functionality for only $50.00 more! $80 if you want a really good media remote. Lock in makes companies no longer compete an innovate. They become lazy when they don't have to work for your money and you work hard for your money so why shouldn't they? </p>

  • iancampo

    02 October, 2017 - 3:15 pm

    <p>It looks like you created a new streaming box Paul! Ruko</p>

  • Dashrender

    Premium Member
    02 October, 2017 - 4:47 pm

    <p>That is a pretty decent workaround – go Google.</p><p><br></p><p>Better question – why do you have an Apple TV? :P</p><p><br></p>

  • Stooks

    02 October, 2017 - 8:49 pm

    <p>Google Play Music, Youtube Red, Youtube Music. All covered under the same subscription yet 3 apps. </p><p><br></p><p>Even more confusing is the fact that movies you buy/rent in Google Play store are meant to be played with the Google Play movie app (4th app) but can, like Paul has done, be played via the Youtube app.</p><p><br></p><p>It is a completely confusing mess.</p><p><br></p><p>That said in July Google said it is combining Google Play Music, Youtube Red and Youtube music in the near future. The teams are now combined and hopefully is result in one app that does it all or at least fewer with a more clear understanding of what does what.</p><p><br></p><p>However it could result in this option Paul uses being removed?</p><p><br></p><p>Of course NONE of this should be confused with Youtube TV which is yet another service. Not sure if it has any overlap but I bet it does.</p>

  • FreeJAC

    03 October, 2017 - 10:58 am

    <p>Paul, Isn't there a big PQ issue with the YT app on Apple TV? It has something to do with not supporting the proper codec due to licensing? I have to say the 4K content on YT with the Chromecast 4K is breathtaking…. </p>

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