Google Play Movies & TV app removed from Roku, Smart TV

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Google is killing off the Google Play Movies & TV app, which lets users buy and rent movies and series, from Roku devices and smart TVs.

Starting June 15, 2021, the Google Play Movies & TV app will no longer be available on Roku players or TVs or Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs. For those platforms, “the YouTube app will be your new home for movies and shows,” Google says in a review on his site. The change was announced last month, but only recently spotted by 9to5Google.

The move is an effort by Google to streamline its entertainment apps — and to promote Google TV, its recently launched entertainment interface that combines streaming services, live TV, movies, TV shows, and apps. other applications, as the main point of contact for connected television. Google TV is available on the latest Chromecast, and the interface is coming to select Android TV models, including from Sony and TCL.

Content purchased through Google Play Movies & TV will be available on YouTube. Additionally, users can apply Google Play credits to YouTube purchases. Playlists that users have created in Google Play Movies & TV will not be available on YouTube, but they can set up new playlists to play them.

The Google Play Movies & TV app will continue to be available on Android and iOS mobile devices and on Android TV. You can also watch eligible titles purchased through Google Play Movies & TV on the Movies Anywhere app on smart TVs in the US.

Google noted that the YouTube app is available on devices that currently support the Google Play Movies & TV app. However, according to the company, the content will not be viewable on LG NetCast and LG SimpleSmart devices.

(Pictured above: Google Play Movies & TV app on Roku)

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