Apple has seemingly eliminated the power to purchase and lease TV reveals and flicks within the Apple TV app for Android TV and Google TV within the newest replace to the app.


When the ‌Apple TV‌ app launched on Google TV early final yr and Android TV in the summertime, it included the power to buy and lease films and TV reveals from the iTunes retailer, in addition to entry to Apple TV+. The app is obtainable for gadgets such because the Nvidia Defend and Google Chromecast.

After the newest replace to the app, customers should now purchase and lease TV reveals and flicks on a separate gadget with a purpose to view them within the ‌Apple TV‌ app for Android TV and Google TV. The buttons to purchase and lease have been changed with a brand new “How you can Watch” button, which means that customers ought to “purchase, lease or subscribe within the ‌Apple TV‌ app on iPhone, iPad, and different streaming gadgets.” Earlier purchases and leases initiated within the ‌Apple TV‌ app for Android TV and Google TV proceed to be out there.

The change was noticed by customers who took to Reddit (through FlatPanelsHD) to bemoan the change. Customers who keep away from updating the ‌Apple TV‌ app can seemingly proceed to buy and lease films and TV reveals, however it’s not clear how lengthy this answer will final.

FlatPanelsHD recommended that Apple might have stripped again the performance to keep away from Google’s 30 p.c fee on in-app purchases. Not all TV in-app purchases had been lined by the fee beforehand, however it’s doable that Google launched new phrases, prompting Apple to cut back the app.

The change additionally appears to incorporate good TVs that run Android TV and Google TV natively, reminiscent of some Sony Bravia fashions, however different good TVs with the ‌Apple TV‌ app appear to be unaffected.

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