Google will remove its 'Google Play Movies' app from LG, Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs as well as Roku devices on June 15, 2021. Movie purchases will move to the YouTube app.
Switching to YouTube
Google launched its movie store, Google Play Movies, on Roku in 2014. The app also launched on select Smart TVs in the following years.
Google is now reversing its strategy and has announced that the app will soon be removed from Smart TVs and Roku devices.
- "Starting 6/15/2021, the Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on Roku, Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs. The YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows," announced Google.
LG, Samsung, Roku and Vizio TV owners who have purchased movies from the app will be able to find their purchases in the YouTube app after June 2021. Google noted that the YouTube app is available on all the affected devices except LG TVs with the older NetCast and SimpleSmart platforms.
Google Play Movies will soon be removed from Smart TVs
The Google Play Movies app remain available on mobile devices (Android and iOS) and Android TV. However, with the switch to Google TV, the company's movie pages are increasingly being folded into the more integrated homescreen.
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The change will take effect globally on June 15, 2021. We have included Google's FAQ below.
FAQ: Discontinuation of Google Play Movies app
Here are a few more things to be aware of:
All of your past purchases will be available on YouTube.
Your Google Play credits can be used on YouTube to make purchases.
Play Family Library purchases can be viewed on YouTube but purchases made on YouTube do not support family sharing. Purchases made from the Google Play Movies & TV website or app will continue to support family sharing.
Your Watchlist is not available on YouTube, but you can set up Playlists.