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  • Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV now supports Apple TV Plus.
  • You can watch subscription shows as well as your Apple movie purchases and channels.
  • Android phones are still out of luck, however.

Update, February 18, 2021 (12:20 PM ET): As promised, Google today announced that Apple TV Plus now works on the latest Chromecast with Google TV. Likewise, the popular streaming service is now available on the various Google TV-powered televisions launched earlier this year. As Google TV makes its way to existing Android TV sets, so will Apple TV Plus support.

Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that Apple TV Plus doesn’t work on Android phones. Hopefully, that will change in the future.

Original article, December 16, 2020 (12:02 PM ET): You still can’t use Apple TV Plus on an Android phone, but that isn’t stopping Google from bringing it to the company’s own media streaming device. The search firm has revealed that the Apple TV Plus app is coming to the Chromecast with Google TV in early 2021.

You’ll have access to Apple TV Plus originals like Ted Lasso and Greyhound, your Apple movie and TV show purchases, and any of your subscribed Apple TV Channels. Google TV will also put Apple’s originals in your recommendations, searches, and Watchlist.

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Apple TV Plus was rolling out to Android TV before, but primarily to Sony sets. More Android TV devices will get support “in the future,” Google said.

Google thinks this might give it an edge in the living room. With Apple TV Plus, the Chromecast with Google TV is one of the few streaming devices to support all the major services. This also comes just days after Google unveiled support for Apple Music on Nest speakers, hinting at warmer relations between the erstwhile rivals.

The announcement might be frustrating for some people, though. While Apple TV Plus is available on a wide range of non-Apple gear, including game consoles, dedicated boxes, and smart TVs, you still can’t use it on an Android phone or tablet. That makes the service a tough sell if you don’t live in an Apple-centric household and sometimes watch beyond the TV.

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