Google Play is stripped of movie and TV show sales – Ars Technica

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Google Play Movies & TV—and the Google Play brand in general—seems doomed. Google already pulled the Play Movies & TV app from Rokus and other smart TV platforms last year, and it will now remove the Movies & TV section from the Play Store. The Play Store, which used to offer a large collection of content, now only sells apps and books.

So when you buy video content from Google, you use the Google TV or Google Play Movies & TV app to play content on Android, the Google Play Movies & TV app on iOS, and the YouTube app on third-party smart TVs like Roku. “Google TV” isn’t just the name of the phone app and video content store; it’s also the new name of Android TV OS, which you can get on the new Chromecast (it’s also integrated into some Sony and TCL television sets). On those devices, your purchases are built into the operating system. Google Play Movies & TV will be completely dead if Google chooses to shut down the phone apps, and that seems inevitable at this point.

On the Play Store, that leaves apps, games, and books. Google Play Books does not have an alternative home yet, but don’t be surprised to hear about one soon.
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