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