YouTube TV to halt Apple in-app payments, in latest spurning of Apple system

CNET | 2/13/2020 | Staff
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YouTube TV, the live-channel streaming service from Google's video giant YouTube, is pulling out of Apple's in-app payment system. It would make Google the latest tech giant to withdraw from the payment system built into iOS apps, after the system has raised complaints for its fees and the built-in competitive advantage it could give Apple's own services.

"YouTube TV no longer supports in-app purchases on iOS," a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. "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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Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

In customer service emails, YouTube TV told members that it would be ending payments through Apple on March 13. If an account pays its monthly bill via Apple, that account will be automatically canceled on the first billing date after March 13 unless a new form of payment is set up.

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And at $50 a month, YouTube TV is a pricey subscription to be forfeiting that fee.

YouTube TV's decision follows moves by both Netflix and Spotify, which years ago stopped accepting payments through iPhone or iPad apps. Generally...
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