Saying Farewell to Google Play Movies & TV: Retrieving Your Previous Purchases

Google Play Movies & TV will soon no longer be available on Android TV devices and the Google Play website. This announcement came last week when the company revealed a final cutoff date and outlined alternative ways to purchase and access movies and shows through Google.

The move away from Google Play Movies & TV has been in the works for some time. In 2022, Google announced that Google TV would become the default destination for buying, renting, and watching titles on Android mobile devices and tablets instead of Movies & TV in the Google Play app. Additionally, in September, the company stated that the shop tab would fulfill the role of the Google Play Movies & TV app on Android TV devices starting Oct. 5.

In a recent blog post, Google confirmed that Google Play Movies & TV will conclude its run on the Google Play website and Android TV devices over the next few weeks. However, users will still be able to view their purchases and active rentals on Android TV or Google TV devices, YouTube, and the Google TV mobile app for Android and iOS. The timeline for losing access to Google Play Movies & TV varies by country and location.

Beginning Jan. 17, Android TV users can use the shop tab as the primary method for buying, renting, and accessing previously purchased titles. Purchases will be visible in the “Your Library” row within the tab. For cable boxes or set-top boxes powered by Android TV, users can buy, rent, and locate their purchased titles through the YouTube app.

Once movies and shows are completely removed from the Play Store, users will need to visit YouTube on a web browser for browsing and purchasing titles.

In addition to this update, Google has shared its future plans for Android and new features coming to Pixel phones.

This transition marks a significant move by Google, streamlining its movie and TV content distribution for a more consolidated user experience. Users are encouraged to take note of the upcoming changes and familiarize themselves with the new methods for accessing and purchasing their favorite titles.


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