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 a Roku set-top box or a Samsung, LG, Vizio or Roku smart TV from July 15, Google has announced through 9to5GoogleIf you bought or rented movies or TV shows through the service, you can still access them from the ‘Your Movies & Shows’ section of the YouTube app on those devices.

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

There are a few other caveats to the transition to YouTube. Your watchlist is no longer visible in the app (although 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, purchases made in the YouTube app are not shared with your family.

If you bought movies or TV content through the Play Store, you can access them after July 15 as follows:

  • On Android phones / tablets: with the Google TV app or the YouTube app
  • On iPhones / iPads: using the Google Play Movies and 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: the habits Google Play Movies and TV website or YouTube website
  • On Android TV: using Google Play Movies and TV app (according to Google’s documentation

To watch your content on YouTube, log in, go to Library and tap ‘Your Movies & Shows’. There you’ll see your movie and TV purchases from the Google Play Store, your Movies Anywhere content, and any content you’ve purchased from the YouTube app itself (with the family sharing caveat noted above).

Moving from one app to another can be difficult, but Google hopes to take some of the sting out for users by offering give them a gift card that can be applied to their next movie or TV purchase, although you’ll need to redeem it on YouTube.