Google Integrates Play Movies & TV with Third-Party Services

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Android, Cloud, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos with 13 Comments

Google has announced an update to its Play Movies & TV and Play Store apps that lets you browse content found in third-party services.

If this sounds a bit familiar, it might because Apple did the same thing when it introduced its TV app on iOS and Apple TV. But the Google integration already seems to include far more services.

“With so many different streaming apps out there, it’s not only challenging to figure out what to watch, but where and how to watch it,” Google’s Ben Serridge explains. “Google Play wants to change that. Now you can browse the latest new release movies, see which streaming app is playing your favorite show, or find something entirely new to watch with the Google Play Movies & TV app.”

According to Google, searches for movies and TV shows in both apps will now show results from a variety of third-party services too. For the initial release, ABC, CBS, FOX NOW, NBC, Hulu, HBO NOW, HBO Go, Showtime, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Now, HGTV, BET Now, Comedy Central, and many other services are available. But more partners will become available over time, too, Google says.

Google will also provide a watchlist for content you’d like to see later. And it will recommend movies and TV shows based on what you do watch. Because of course it will, they’re Google.

This could be interesting. I’ll try to test this soon.


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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Google Integrates Play Movies & TV with Third-Party Services”

  1. jrickel96

    Great move. Apple really needs to work to expand their TV app. With Google doing this, here's hoping it pushes Apple. Would really love to be able to manage all my subscription through the Apple app too.

  2. Chris_Kez

    To no one's surprise Google is trying to commodify video and dis-intermediate the video providers-- just like they did in news (and just like has already happened in music). Google will now get to see all of your likes and wishes, even when you're ultimately using another service like Netflix or HBO.

  3. drews.tony

    Netflix is missing from the master list, seems like that would be a biggie to include.

  4. Tony Tsobanis

    This is a perfect example of how ridiculous the global state of play is with so many services (movies, tv, music, books). I have now bought 2 x Sony Android TV's, because the idea of not having to add a 3rd party STB to access these services appealed.

    Unfortunately, I found that just like smartphones, Sony does not install a standard build of Android, but instead alters it based on their own ideas and region. So instead of including all the standard google apps, they often remove/replace with their own equivalents.

    Specific to your post, Play Movies & TV is not installed on the TV, nor can it be downloaded from the store. I'm sure I could sideload it using an APK, but to expect the average consumer to do this is just stupid.

  5. nerdile

    Xbox One had this functionality at one time as well. I miss it, but most people did not seem to notice when they got rid of it.

  6. Tony Barrett

    Good news, but pretty much US only again though - as usual. Google still need a move subscription service though - a la Netflix or Amazon Prime. Pay-per-view just doesn't cut it these days.

    • Praveen M

      In reply to ghostrider:

      Google already has a subscription service: YouTube Red. YouTube Red is a pretty good deal since you get Play Music. YouTube Red also has 'Originals' like Amazon Video, Apple Music and Netflix do. I hate how US centric MS and Google are. If you didn't know already Google is merging YouTube Music and Play Music (which will probably result in some colourless and featureless application but people want it). Pay per view just seems old and expensive compared to Netflix. It's like going to the movies (or a more different analogy, using FB).

  7. ankitgill

    downlaod most popular movie and tv show streaming app for window and android mobile . download terrarium tv app for android

  8. Jeff Jones

    I saw my Google Play Movies and TV app update since this article was released, but I'm still not seeing suggestions for alternate locations. Is anyone else seeing the suggestions or is it some future thing to be turned on one day?

  9. leiwenin

    Google Play movie and TV shows are pretty cool. I have been using it from long time. Very nice experience with it. Now you can watch all latest movies and Shows are available for free on your Android and iOS devices using Morpheus TV app. Subtitles are also available on this app.

  10. fred11

    That is cheapest way for google to provide Movies. Terrarium TV Android app also does the same for providing movies on Android devices.

  11. jacks

    Download Morpheus TV app and have great movie streaming on your Android smartphone.

  12. nageshroy

    There are multiple third party apps but uktvnow is the best app that is the biggest destination for movies, tv shows, live tv channels, etc.

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