Google is removing its Play Movies and TV app from every Roku and most smart TVs

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

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

There are a few other caveats to note in the transition to YouTube. Your Watchlist will no longer be viewable in the app (though it can still be seen on the web by Googling “my watchlist”), and while your family can still share the content you bought from the Movie and TV store, any purchases made in the YouTube app won’t be shared with your family.

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

To view your content on YouTube, log in, go to Library, then tap “Your movies and shows.” There, you’ll see your Google Play Store movie and TV purchases, your Movies Anywhere content, and any content purchased from within the YouTube app itself (with the family sharing caveat noted above).

Transitioning from one app to another can be tough, but Google is hoping to take some of the sting away for users by offering them a gift code that can be applied to their next movie or TV purchase — though you’ll have to redeem it on YouTube.


There, you’ll see your Google Play Store movie and TV purchases, your Movies Anywhere content, and any content purchased from within the YouTube app itself (with the family sharing caveat noted above).

That is unless you’re using a Brand Account as your main YouTube account. They removed the ability to view purchased content through Brand Accounts sometime within the past year.

I’ve always heard complaints like this. There was a long stretch of time where Google Assistant wouldn’t work with GApps accounts too. You’d think that Google would want to make its products available to the types of people who use GApps or YouTube brand accounts.

I mean, I can’t even use some YouTube Music features because I use a Brand Account (uploading personal music files/transfer my Google Play library, using the service on smart speakers).

Make a new channel on your account that is not a brand. It’s not that complex.

Should they have to use a crappy app instead of the one specifically designed for this usage, which is already created and maintained by one of the largest, richest companies in the world? I don’t think so. Cloud companies work too hard to push their customers around for no reason. This is just middle management screwing around, chasing ‘synergy’ and ‘cost efficiencies’ that don’t actually exist. If they don’t want to host a store and purchased content anymore, they should outsource it to amazon, the way they do with most of their labor. Their customers would be happier.

It’s not complex but it is annoying, and when it can be circumvented so simply that just magnifies the arbitrary nature of the restriction.

I’ve been slowly moving away from Google services since I’ve been having a terrible experience as a long standing then-Google Apps/now-G Suite account user. I was using Google Play Movies/TV because it was one of the most available cross-platform options. This is a really odd move and I wonder if they plan to replace the app with something a bit more modern as the UX for Google Play Movies is really dated at this point.

Either way, I guess I’ll keep moving off of Google services and use iTunes for the most part and Movies Anywhere when I do need something cross platform.

They’re clearly consolidating everything in the crappy youtube app, which is still run only to push consumers to crappy youtube content. It’s a really dumb move, first music, now movies, it’s like all the downsides of old Itunes with none of the upsides of control and thoughtfulness.

I mean there’s not many apps that are more cross-platform than YouTube so I feel like it makes sense.

For me, this is not bad because I already use YouTube to watch movies. But I understand the benefits of Google Play Movies.

What I want is for Google to improve YouTube so that my watch history is saved forever. I am tired of accidentally re-watching videos. The red marker on watched videos goes away in about 90 days. And in about 12 to 18 months, the video is removed from your watch history. This is the most frustrating part of YouTube. Netflix save my history for over 10 years and I never accidentally re-watch a previously watched video.

"12 to 18 months"?

I have yet to have YouTube keep my watch history for 3 months, with the same device and account. I agree it is very annoying.

Yeah, within 3 months the "red marker" is removed. However, if you know the exact name of the video, you can find it within your watch history for about up to a year or a year and a half

For example, let’s say I search MKBHD in my watch history, it will not almost all the videos I watched within the last 12 months…hit or miss. But if I type the exact video name, I have been able to see videos up to about 18 months.

Again, this is inconsistent and a lot of extra and pointless work.

All this is still annoying!

Ha. I was going to say that, if you remembered the exact name of the video, wouldn’t you just search for it across all our YouTube? Kind of defeats the purpose of having a viewing history. You are right that it is extra and pointless work, also a mess. I still don’t know what Google is doing with YouTube as a whole. It’s fine for user-uploaded videos (and YouTube channels) but YTM is a terrible service and watching purchased content through YT has limits (like no downloading unless you’re a premium subscriber).

Really? It goes back years for me.

Pick a youtuber you watch a lot and type their name in your watch history, all of the videos will not appear. I have watched every "pitch meeting" videos but they are all not in my watch history

I have videos in my watch history going all the way back to 2012 or so.

Well, it must work for everyone, then, things have never in the history of computers, ever broken for one person but not another, and I’ve never known Google apps to have glitches in them, not once, it’s unheard of, quite possibly the rarest thing in the world except for double rainbows.

Yes, some videos may show but not all. I have watched every honest trailer. But If I type honest trailer in my watch history, all of them will not show up

Try going to the account menu (clicking on your profile photo) and selecting "Your data in YouTube". In there go down to the "YouTube controls" section and click on the arrow on the right of the "YouTube Watch History" section at the top. Then check to see if "Auto-delete" there is set to something besides off, if so click on that and select to turn it off.

Here is a direct link:

My auto delete is never

I want this feature, so it’s never been set to auto-delete. It still happens though

Google Music is dead. Google Movies is dead. Long live Google Music and Movies.

I wonder if they’ll remove the Movies & TV tab from the Play Store app like they did with Music.

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