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Google moves users to new platform as Play Movies & TV prepares to close

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Google has been in the process of phasing out the Play Movies & TV brand and services since the introduction of its standalone TV app a few years ago. Now, the company appears to be finalizing preparations for the permanent discontinuation of Google Play Movies & TV in January. According to The Verge, the company has issued detailed instructions on how existing customers can continue accessing their purchased content. The process may be somewhat confusing as access depends on the viewer’s device.

Beginning January 17, 2024, viewers can retrieve their purchased movies and shows from the “Your Library” section under the Shop tab in Google Play—specifically on TVs and streaming devices powered by Android TV. For those using Android TV cable or set-top boxes, access to previous content will be available through the YouTube app, where they can also continue to make new movie and show purchases or rentals. On browsers, users will need to visit the YouTube website to view their past purchases and make new ones.

While these changes will be fully implemented over the next few weeks, some users have already reported experiencing them, with previous movie purchases now visible on the YouTube website.

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