Android users of Google Play are beginning to notice the Movies and TV shop disappearing from the app, as was stated in March.

Update 6/21: Google is now extensively eliminating the Play Store’s Movies and TV area, following the March announcement and initial rumors at the end of May.

We checked numerous devices and accounts this evening in the US, and it has vanished. On phones, most users now only have four tabs available at once, while the Play Store area has been removed from Chrome OS and Android tablets in preparation for a larger revamp.

Original as of 5/30: Google no longer desires that users on mobile use the Play Store application to browse, search, purchase, or rent television shows and movies. The proposed replacement is Google TV, which also lets you access your library and was just given a Highlights news feed.

There are now adjustments to previous purchases, family sharing, payments (including those made with Play credit and gift cards), refunds, Play Points, or your wishlist as a result of this change. The recently revamped web interface has also remained unchanged.

The Play Store on Android, meanwhile, is now primarily used for apps, games, ebooks, and audiobooks. Users now only have the three bottom-bar options Games, Apps, and Books, while they may still have Offers or Play Pass as a fourth option. It does, however, marginally clean up navigation.

There have been more reports of movies and television missing today, mostly from Europe, than there were last week. Google modified its original announcement post in a similar manner:

Update: The Google Play app is currently being updated to remove Movies and TV.
The removal appears to extend into June.

Google’s 9TO5 The company’s belief that Google TV is the superior platform for media was made abundantly obvious with the release of the updated Chromecast in 2020. Though this started with the demise of Play Music a few years ago, it is inconvenient in practice not to have a single location for all digital material on Android.

The Google TV app’s user interface is identical to that of the Play Store in every way, and having easy access to Your Stuff is useful. Having said that, I’ve started making purchases and searching for movies and TV series on the YouTube app, which is already installed and available on my home screen. An unforeseen result of all this shift may be that YouTube lately increased the focus on its media interface.

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