Apple Disables Purchases on Android and Google TV Platforms

Apple TV on Google TV

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The Apple TV app on each Google TV and Android TV not has an choice to buy or hire motion pictures or TV reveals, fueling hypothesis that Apple has deliberately eliminated the perform to keep away from Google’s 30% fee charges.

FlatpanelHD first reported the app downgrade, confirming proof posted by disgruntled Reddit customers. Apple TV was added to Android TV and its successor, Google TV, final yr, giving homeowners of TVs operating Google’s software program the power to hire and buy motion pictures with their Apple accounts.

We examined it ourselves, and positive sufficient, motion pictures can not be rented or bought. After I tried to obtain Spider-Man: No Manner Dwelling, the app solely gave me a “Find out how to watch” choice. Choosing it introduced up one other display screen stating “You should purchase, hire, or subscribe within the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, and different streaming units.” The tabs on the prime for Motion pictures, Exhibits, and Apps, have vanished.

The tabs for Motion pictures, Exhibits, and Apps, have vanished, and all that is still on the Apple TV app on Google TV is the choice to look at Apple originals when subscribed to Apple TV+. The identical “Find out how to watch” immediate additionally seems beside Apple TV+ reveals, suggesting they don’t seem to be out there; nonetheless, the episodes are viewable beneath the present’s title web page. You possibly can proceed renting and shopping for motion pictures from the Apple TV app should you keep away from downloading the newest model and films bought or rented can nonetheless be accessed out of your film library, even within the newest app model.

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The immediate Apple TV reveals once you try to hire/buy a film on a Google TV.
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We have reached out to Apple and Google and can replace this text when we hear again.

Apple’s obvious choice to reduce its app on TVs operating Google’s platform is likely to be a approach of avoiding Google’s 30% fee on in-app purchases, as theorized by FlatpanelHD.

It’s unclear why Apple has downgraded its app on Android TV and Google TV but it surely might be associated to fee charges. Like Apple, Google expenses a 30% fee on in-app purchases however not all in-app purchases have been lined by the settlement prior to now. It’s attainable that new phrases have been launched.

If so, Apple is taking part in a harmful recreation of hypocrisy, having lately defended its personal charges after being sued by Fortnite maker Epic Video games. Within the aftermath of the blockbuster authorized battle, Apple was ordered to make it attainable for builders so as to add hyperlinks to exterior fee choices for apps on the App Retailer as a result of the corporate was discovered to be in violation of California’s Unfair Competitors Regulation. Apple continues to face strain from antitrust authorities around the globe.

We’re nonetheless awaiting phrase from Apple on why the adjustments have been made, and whether or not additional updates are deliberate for the app. What we do know is that this was not by chance and the immediate redirecting Google TV customers to Apple’s personal platform suggests the corporate has no plans of reintroducing the function.

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