Google will discontinue the Play Movies app for a number of smart TVs. As of June 15, the app is no longer usable for TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio and Roku, writes tech website 9to5Google.
The tech company will now refer users to YouTube to buy or rent movies. Movies purchased through the Play Films app can be viewed on YouTube. Additionally, Play Credits can still be used to purchase or rent movies from the Shared Family Library (up to five family members) will continue to be available.
It’s not possible to share new YouTube app purchases with other family members, Google warns. This is possible with movies purchased from the Google Play website.
Google’s movie service won’t cease to exist just yet. For example, Play Films will still be available on Android TV, iOS, and Apple TV. Google announced last year that Play Movies would be replaced by the long-term Google TV app. Through the app, users can watch movies and series from various streaming services or buy or rent them. Google TV is currently only available in the US on Android devices.