Google is removing its Play Movies & TV app from all Rokus and most smart TVs


The Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on any Roku set-top boxes or Samsung, LG, Vizio or Roku smart TVs starting July 15. Google announced (via 9to5Google). If you’ve purchased or rented movies or TV shows through the service, you’ll still be able to access them through the “Your Movies & Shows” section of the YouTube app on those devices.

This change will also affect you if you used the Movies & TV app to access Movies Anywhere, the service that lets you redeem codes from DVDs and Blu-rays so you can access your media digitally. Google has confirmed The edge that users who relied on Play Movies and TV to access this content will be able to do so through YouTube.

There are a few other caveats to note when transitioning to YouTube. Your watchlist will no longer be visible in the app (although it can still be seen on the web by Googling “my watchlist”), and while your family can still share content you’ve purchased from the Movies & TV Store, purchases made in the YouTube app won’t be shared with your family.

If you purchased movies or TV content through the Play Store, here’s how you’ll be able to access them after July 15:

  • On Android phones/tablets: using the Google TV app or the YouTube app
  • On iPhone/iPad: using the Google Play Movies & TV app or the YouTube app
  • On Roku devices: using the YouTube app
  • On Samsung, LG, Vizio and Roku Smart TVs: using the YouTube app
  • On Chromecast: using the Google TV app
  • On the Web: using the Google Play Movies & TV website or YouTube site
  • On AndroidTV: using Google Play Movies & TV application (according to google documentation)

To view your content on YouTube, sign in, go to Library, then tap “Your Movies & Shows.” There, you’ll see your movie and TV series purchases from the Google Play Store, your Movies Anywhere content, and any content purchased from the YouTube app itself (with the Family Sharing disclaimer mentioned above).

Transitioning from one app to another can be difficult, but Google hopes to relieve some of the sting for users by offering give them a gift code that can be applied to their next movie or TV purchase — though you have to redeem it on YouTube.


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