Google to move Play Movies & TV to Google TV app on Android devices

Starting May 2022, the Google TV app will be available for buying, renting, and watching movies and TV shows.

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  • Google Play Store will no longer support buying or renting movies and TV shows.
  • Users will have to use the Google TV app for buying, renting, and streaming shows.
  •  View and request refunds for purchased content will still be available via the Google Play Store.

After the shutdown of Play Music, Google revamped the Movies & TV app and renamed it to Google TV app in October 2020. Now, the company has announced the migration of the Movies & TV from the Play Store app on Android devices to the Google TV app. The Google Play Store will no longer support buying or renting movies and TV shows, and users will have to use the Google TV app.

“Starting in May 2022, the Google TV app will be your home for buying, renting, and watching movies and shows on your Android mobile device or tablet. On Google TV, you will find the same experience you are used to on Google Play Movies & TV with the latest new releases, rentals, deals, and great recommendations for you,” says Google in a community post.

Google also clarified that all “purchased content will continue to be available in the Google TV app,” and “purchases on the Google TV app continue to be eligible for family sharing and Google Play Points.” Users can also use their Play credit and Play gift cards for purchasing content via the Google TV app.

Users can access the Wishlist using the Google TV app and download Wishlist and reviews via takeout.google.com. View and request refunds for purchased content will still be available via the Google Play Store. Google hasn’t announced any changes for the Play Store on the web.

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