Technology YouTube TV to quit Apple in-app payments, in latest spurning of Apple system
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Google's video giant , is pulling out of 's in-app payment system as of March 13. It will make the latest tech giant to withdraw from the payment system built into iOS apps, as Apple's fees and other App Store policies have raised complaints that 's own services have a built-in competitive advantage., the live-channel streaming service from
" TV no longer supports in-app purchases on iOS," a spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday. "Apple continues to be an important partner for YouTube, and our users can still enjoy their favorite content across iOS devices."
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YouTube TV 's decision follows moves by both and , which years ago stopped accepting payments through iPhone or iPad apps. Apple has been facing intensifying scrutiny over how its App Store fees and policies treat services that compete with its own. The App Store is the biggest moneymaker in Apple's services business, but the fees and rules governing apps have grown thornier as like and .
Last year,lodged a complaint with Europe's antitrust watchdog, saying Apple uses its App Store policies as a cudgel to stifle Spotify, the main competitor to .
Apple potentially on the brink of launching a new Apple TV
According to reports, the latest software beta of the Apple TV operating system contains references to unannounced hardware. About three years after Apple announced the fifth generation of the Apple TV, the first 4K version of the device, the company launched a tvOS developer beta that contains references to a new, currently unannounced Apple TV. According to 9to5Mac, code in beta tvOS 13.4 refers to "a new Apple TV with the codename 'T1125,'About three years after Apple announced the fifth generation of the Apple TV, the first 4K version of the device, the company launched a tvOS developer beta that contains references to a new, currently unannounced Apple TV.
YouTube TV's pullout is more drastic than Spotify's was. Spotify stopped letting new customers subscribe in iOS apps but it didn't cut off any existing accounts that had previously.
But YouTube TV is going to automatically cancel each account paying through Apple on the first billing date after March 13. Unless the account re-enrolls with the same email address with Google billing, it will lose all settings, preferences, and DVR recordings.
Generally speaking, Apple charges a 30% fee in the first year of a subscription for any memberships paid for via an iOS app. That fee drops to 15% after the first year.
At $50 a month, YouTube TV is a pricey subscription to be forfeiting that fee.
But adding a wrinkle to the development: Google's own Play Store also charges the same sort of fees on in-app payments made in Android apps, putting it in much the same position as Apple but in its own mobile-app ecosystem.
YouTube TV doesn't directly compete with a current Apple service. But Friday, [TK a report about a news product, according to the Wall Street Journal; that Google news product might compete directly with.
Originally published Feb. 13.
Update, Feb. 14: Adds more details of automatic cancellation, context.
YouTube TV to halt Apple in-app payments, in latest spurning of Apple system .
Your YouTube TV subscription will be automatically canceled after March 13 if you pay through Apple.The YouTube logo on display in the lobby of YouTube's headquarters in San Bruno, Calif.
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