Google is killing the Play Movies & TV app for Roku and select smart TVs
Say goodbye to Google Play Movies & TV on Roku players and LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart TVs, but there is an alternative.
By Ben Patterson
TechHiveApr 13, 2021 8:46 am PDT
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It’s out with the old and in with the new as far as Google’s streaming video plans are concerned, and that means Google is set to nix its aging Play Movies and TV app for Roku and smart TVs from LG, Samsung, and Vizio. Luckily, there will still be a way to watch your purchased videos on those platforms.
That’s the bad news. The good (or, mostly good) news: You’ll still be able to watch your purchased movies and TV shows on the YouTube app, which will also be your home for renting and buying more videos via Google.
Once you install the YouTube app for Roku or LG, Samsung, or Vizio TVs (assuming you haven’t already), just log in, go to the Library tab, then click on Your Movies and Shows. Once there, you should find all your purchased videos waiting for you.
Now, I say “mostly good” when it comes to watching your purchased videos on YouTube because depending on the platform, there are some functionality gaps between the YouTube and Play Movies and TV apps. For example, while the Play Movies and TV app on my LG C9 set supports Dolby Vision HDR, the YouTube app only offers vanilla HDR10. Hopefully, the YouTube app will catch up to the Play Movies & TV app in the weeks and months ahead.
Besides all your purchased Google Play videos moving over to the YouTube app, your Movies Anywhere titles should be available via YouTube, as well. (All my Movies Anywhere videos were present and accounted for.)
Your Google Play credits will also be good on the YouTube app, as will Play Family Library purchases. That said, any videos you buy on YouTube won’t support family sharing, although purchases on the Play Movies & TV website or mobile apps will. (Confused yet?)
One significant Google Play Movies & TV feature that won’t be making the move to the YouTube app are Watchlists. That means you’ll need to recreate your Watchlists as YouTube Playlists.