As of June 15, 2021 Google Play Movies Becomes YouTube

Caught this news first in my email, courtesy of Google. They are ditching Google Play Movies & TV and putting your library of purchased movies & TV shows, if you have any, under your YouTube account. I just checked and our half dozen or so movies are there already.

Yes, don’t worry, you aren’t losing any of your existing movies & TV shows. This is purely a reorganizational move. It isn’t like what Walmart did with Vudu (see: Fandango Buys Vudu from Walmart – What Does This Mean For Both Services?). In reality when Walmart went after Amazon with their Walmart+ service, they should have kept Vudu and competed more directly against Prime Video as an added feature for members, but that is just our opinion (see: Walmart Plus launches September 15, maybe they should have kept Vudu)

Does this mean Google Play is going away completely or is it being kept only for apps and games? The word “play” doesn’t really invoke movie watching, it sounds much more interactive and fits games better. You can’t buy movies and TV shows on Steam, so maybe that is the direction Google Play is headed competitively.

Google is no stranger to moving and shutting down its services. Just do a simple Google search and you’ll see how many services they’ve shut down over the years (Wikipedia maintains a Discontinued Google Services page). Again, this isn’t a complete shutdown, just reorganization of content from one service to another and Google Play will remain, only not for movies & TV. YouTube is more logically suited, especially since they have the YouTube TV streaming live TV service they are selling. Our guess is what this is about, to keep these services together and to not require their customers to app skip to watch movie and TV shows in their libraries.

Still, when I think of YouTube, it is user-created video content, podcasts and the like, not Hollywood movies and TV shows. You? Maybe this is my own hangup. Keep in mind we have our own YouTube channel for Just Left Theateer Movie Reviews — so we obviously support YouTube. If you haven’t subscribed, please do. Every movie we see in theater we record a video as we leave the theater — or as shortly thereafter as we can.

Feel free to speculate or share what you know in the comments below.

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Stjepan Šejić HARLEEN 76% OFF at Google Play Books

You may not see a deal this good again anytime very soon: $29.99 to $6.99 (76% OFF)

Money is tight right now, which makes it even more important to point out good deals for those interested. There are no affiliate links in this post, this is a personal recommendation. You can navigate to the Google Play book store and type in “Harleen” and find the deal pictured above on 10/27/2020.

I’m certain this is a very LIMITED time offer, so if when reading this you see the price higher, perhaps add it to your wishlist and check back, as I’ve been doing until the price drops down to what you’re willing to pay for it.

I’ve bought precisely one graphic novel at the local independent store in the last year: HARLEEN.

Stjepan Šejić is the rare comic book creator that straddles the various kingdoms of the comics industry with ease. He has long been a fan-favorite creator in the webcomics world, from his days of releasing his romance/erotica/BDSM series Sunstone on DeviantArt for free to now, as he begins to serialize comics on social media.

Stjepan Šejić Leaves Corporate Comics And Isn’t Looking Back

The cover and jacket artwork was so beautiful that I couldn’t open the plastic and read it, instead focusing on the digital version to get through the first part. I’ve been waiting for the price to come down on my Google Play wishlist so I could buy the rest of the novel and it’s currently sitting at $6.99 USD, which is the lowest price I’ve ever seen.

Can it go much lower? Someday, maybe, but hey, I bought it, despite owning the book version that I might never open.

I can’t pronounce the artist’s name, but can appreciate his work. He worked on art for a companion book called ISLEY, that hasn’t been published yet. No idea based on him “leaving for-hire comics” if that will ever be published by DC, but I buy that, too, if it was available. Maybe in book form and digital as I’ve done now with HARLEEN.

Passing this along to fellow Harley Quinn fans and readers. Enjoy!