Google is Shutting Down Play Movies & TV on Smart TVs

Posted on April 13, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos, YouTube, Google TV with 6 Comments

Google revealed this week that it will replace its Play Movies & TV app on LG, Samsung, and Vizio Smart TVs with the YouTube app.

“Starting June 15, 2021, the YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows on Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs,” Google says. “The Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on these devices. To access all of your previous purchases, log into the YouTube app using the account you use on Google Play Movies & TV, navigate to the ‘Library’ tab, and click on ‘Your movies and shows’.”

Google has been working to replace Play Movies & TV with Google TV on mobile and on its Android TV platform, but it appears that it won’t be offering this new app on smart TVs, at least for now. The purpose of the old app, at least on smart TVs, is to provide customers with a way to access their libraries of purchased content and to let them buy new content and rent movies. Only the former capability is available in YouTube, and long has been, but users have plenty of options for renting movies.

And Play Movies & TV is still available on iPhone and Apple TV for some reason. On those platforms, the app is truly constrained because customers can’t use them to buy/rent content because of Apple’s anticompetitive business practices, so just using YouTube instead makes sense there as well.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Google is Shutting Down Play Movies & TV on Smart TVs”

  1. mikegalos

    And THIS is why I buy physical media.

  2. sirdilbert

    Is there any wind of Google also combining the Youtube TV app with the Youtube app? To me that would make sense for those who utilize Youtube TV.

  3. scovious

    Google is still trying to sell Movies and TV in the age of streaming video, through a streaming video website? How smart.

  4. anderstone

    Sony's 2021 TVs come with Google TV, so it being offered on some smart TVs.

    • wright_is

      In reply to anderstone:

      Don't hold your breath. I bought a Sony Bravia with Android TV, it got a whole 8 months of support, before security updates were cancelled. The TV has been offline for about 3 years now.

      I won't buy another smartTV, it just isn't worth it (or at least, I'll never buy a smartTV based on its smart features, just on image and sound quality and ports).