It’s going to happen: Google announced today that the Apple TV+ app is coming to Chromecast with Android TV in early 2021.
“We’ll be bringing more of your favorite entertainment into one place with the launch of the Apple TV app on the all-new Chromecast with Google TV,” Google’s Jonathan Zepp writes. “With the addition of the Apple TV app, Chromecast with Google TV users can access Apple TV+ (you’ll need a paid subscription). This makes the Chromecast with Google TV one of the only streaming devices with all the major video subscriptions.”
That’s an interesting claim: I suspect Roku has them all as well. But Apple has been pushing its entertainment app to a surprising number of endpoints, so this move makes sense. The Apple TV app is currently available on Amazon Fire TV, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, and various LG, Samsung, Sony, and Vizio smart TVs.
Anyway, I’m sure the Apple TV app on Google TV will be just as constrained as it is only all non-Apple devices: You can rent and buy movies, buy TV shows, stream Apple TV+ content, and watch your purchased content. What’s missing? Access to the iTunes Extras special features that are only accessible on Apple’s devices.
Still, good news. Google says that it will roll out the Apple TV app on Chromecast with Google TV “early next year,” and it will bring the app to more Android TV-based devices in the future.
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