LG, Samsung, Vizio and Roku smart TVs to lose Google Play Movies app – here's what you need to know

The Google Play Movies app is being removed from smart TVs, but it's the YouTube app to the rescue for your purchases

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Google has announced that the Google Play Movies app will no longer be available on smart TVs from LG, Samsung and Vizio, or on Roku devices (including its own TVs). The app will disappear on June 15th 2021 – but don't worry about your purchases, because they'll be moved over to the YouTube app, which will available on almost all models.

We say "almost", because there are some old LG TVs using the NetCast and SimpleCast smart TV platforms that won't get the latest YouTube app, so short of a TV upgrade, you're out of luck there, we're afraid. But the sets from these makers in our current lists of the best TVs, best TVs under £1000 and best TVs under $1000 will all move over to the YouTube app.

For most people, it should be a seamless switch, assuming Google's plans go to, uh, plan. It all seems to be part of the bigger move to make the Google TV app a thing. On Android phones and Android TV devices, the Google Play Movies store and purchases are just rolled into Google TV, which was announced alongside the Chromecast with Google TV.

But with no current word on whether Google TV will come to smart platforms not operated by Google, it's left to YouTube to pick up the slack.

In the YouTube app, if you head to 'Library' and then 'Your movies and shows', you should be able to see your purchases. Any Play credits will also be transferred to YouTube, so you could buy movies etc there instead.

Movies bought with Family Sharing should still be shared, though anything new you buy in the YouTube won't support this feature, sadly.

Matthew Bolton
Matthew Bolton

Matt is T3's master of all things audiovisual, running our TV, speakers and headphones coverage. He also handles smart home products and large appliances, as well as our toys and games articles. He's the only one on the team who can explain both what Dolby Vision IQ is and why the Lego you're building doesn't fit together the way the instructions say, so is truly invaluable.

Matt has worked for tech publications for over 10 years, in print and online, including running T3's print magazine and launching its most recent redesign. He's also contributed to a huge number of tech and gaming titles over the years. Say hello if you see him roaming the halls at CES, IFA or Toy Fair.