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

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When the ‌Apple TV‌ app launched on Google TV early final 12 months and Android TV in the summertime, it included the power to buy and hire motion pictures and TV exhibits from the iTunes retailer, in addition to entry to Apple TV+. The app is offered for units such because the Nvidia Protect and Google Chromecast.

After the most recent replace to the app, customers should now purchase and hire TV exhibits and flicks on a separate machine as a way to view them within the ‌Apple TV‌ app for Android TV and Google TV. The buttons to purchase and hire have been changed with a brand new “How you can Watch” button, which means that customers ought to “purchase, hire or subscribe within the ‌Apple TV‌ app on iPhone, iPad, and different streaming units.” Earlier purchases and leases initiated within the ‌Apple TV‌ app for Android TV and Google TV proceed to be obtainable.

The change was noticed by customers who took to Reddit (by way of FlatPanelsHD) to bemoan the change. Customers who keep away from updating the ‌Apple TV‌ app can seemingly proceed to buy and hire motion pictures and TV exhibits, however it isn’t clear how lengthy this resolution will final.

FlatPanelsHD advised 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 have been lined by the fee beforehand, however it’s attainable that Google launched new phrases, prompting Apple to cut back the app.

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

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