The updated Apple TV app no longer allows Android TV and Google TV users to purchase or rent movies. However, the previously purchased movies are still available.
Compatible across Apple devices and select third-party smart Tv sets, devices, and consoles, the Apple TV app offers Apple TV+ original shows and movies, in addition to access to premium channels and the option to purchase or rent thousands of movies. Publisher, FlatpanelsHD spotted that the tech company has quietly removed the latter feature.
Maybe for commission, the Apple TV app now instructs Android TV and Google TV users to watch movies on Apple devices
According to the report, the Rent and Purchase options have been replaced with a new “How to Watch” button which instructs Android TV and Google TV users to buy, rent, or subscribe in the app on Apple and other streaming devices.
It is also found that the updated version of the app on Nvidia Sheild and Chromecast devices has removed the purchase/rent feature shows the same “How to Watch” option and the new purchases must be made via Apple or other streaming devices.
But the movies’ rent and purchase options are available on Roku TV, Samsung TV, and LG TV sets. Since Google also charges a 30% commission for in-app purchases, it is likely that all in-app purchases might not have been covered and the change is part of the new agreement.
The app update has not affected subscription service Apple TV+, which is still accessible from within the Apple TV app.
It is unclear why Apple has downgraded its app on Android TV and Google TV but it could be related to commission rates. Like Apple, Google charges a 30% commission on in-app purchases but not all in-app purchases were covered by the agreement in the past. It is possible that new terms were introduced.
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