YouTube TV, the live channel streaming service of the Google video giant YouTube, will be withdrawn from the payment system integrated into Apple's app starting March 13. It will make Google the last technology giant to withdraw from the integrated payment system iOS applications, since Apple's rates and other App Store policies have generated complaints that Apple's own services have a built-in competitive edge.
"Television no longer supports in-app purchases on iOS, "a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement Thursday." Apple is still an important partner for YouTube, and our users can still enjoy their favorite content on iOS devices. "
The YouTube TV decision follows the movements of Netflix and Spotify, which years ago stopped accepting payments through iPhone or iPad applications. Apple has faced increasingly intense scrutiny about how its App Store rates and policies treat services that compete with its own. The App Store is the largest money generator in Apple's service business, but the rates and rules that govern applications have become more thorny as Apple launches more subscription services such asY .
Last year, Spotify filed a complaint with the European antitrust agency, saying that Apple uses its App Store policies as a club to stifle Spotify, Apple Music's main competitor.
The withdrawal of YouTube TV is more drastic than that of Spotify. Spotify stopped allowing new customers to subscribe to iOS applications, but did not cut any existing accounts that it had previously.
But YouTube TV will automatically cancel each account you pay through Apple on the first billing date after March 13. Unless the account is re-registered with the same email address with Google billing, you will lose all DVR settings, preferences and recordings.
Generally speaking, Apple charges a 30% fee in the first year of a subscription for any membership paid through an iOS application. That rate drops to 15% after the first year.
At $ 50 a month, YouTube TV is an expensive subscription that will lose that rate.
But adding a wrinkle to the development: Google's Play Store itself also charges the same type of fees on payments integrated in the application made in Android applications, which puts it in the same position as Apple but in its own ecosystem of mobile apps.
YouTube TV does not directly compete with a current Apple service. But a Wall Street Journal report on Friday said Google was in talks with news publishers about paying them for contributing content for a Google news product; That Google news product could be competitive with Apple News.
Originally published on February 13.
Update, February 14: Add more details of automatic cancellation, context.