Google Pulls Out YouTube TV Subscription from Apple App Store

YouTube TV subscribers

YouTube TV subscribers will no longer be able to pay for the live channel streaming service via Apple’s App Store, starting March 13. Other entertainment apps have pulled away from splitting subscription revenue with Apple.

A YouTube spokesperson confirmed the news, adding that Apple is an “important partner for YouTube.” The move allows YouTube TV to keep all proceeds from new paying iPhone and iPad customers.

However, Apple device users can still watch YouTube TV’s content on iPhones and iPads, but they have to pay Google for it directly. Customers who check out in the App Store will have their subscription automatically canceled.

Without Apple, YouTube TV’s monthly service charge is actually cheaper – $49.99 vs. $54.99 via Apple. YouTube TV hasn’t specified why it’s leaving the App Store, but it is definitely not the first tech company to do so.

YouTube TV already stopped accepting new signups through in-app subscriptions on the iPhone and iPad a while ago. The company is emailing YouTube TV customers with a warning that it plans to phase out support for in-app payments altogether in March. After that, Apple device owners will have to subscribe to YouTube TV via a web browser.

You’ll be billed for one final month of service and then your in-app purchase subscription will be canceled automatically on your billing date after March 13th, 2020,” the email states.