YouTube TV ditches the App Store billing, cancel the accounts do not change payment methods

YouTube TV will become the latest subscription service to drop support for Apple’s in-app billing system. CNET the reports from March, YouTube TV will no longer support billing via Apple, and that users must change their billing settings before.

According to YouTube, subscribers who currently pay for YouTube TV via an App Store in-app purchase will have their accounts automatically canceled on the first billing date after March 13. Subscribers will have until this day to put in place a new form of payment.

In a statement, YouTube said that Apple continues to be an important partner”, but he does not go into detail about the reasoning behind this change.

YouTube TV is the latest subscription service to move away from Apple billing. It’s also taking a more aggressive approach than the others by forcing existing customers to change their billing settings, or the risk of having their subscriptions cancelled. For example, Netflix has dropped in-app subscription billing on iOS last year, but only for new customers.

Most companies are more skeptical of Apple’s revenue-sharing through the App Store. Apple charges a 30% fee in the first year of the subscription billed through the App Store, but this tax falls to 15% after the first year. Moving all the customers off of the App Store billing, YouTube will have more to share YouTube TV revenues — which is likely to be profitable or running on razor thin margins with Apple.

“YouTube TV no longer supports in-app purchases on iOS,” a spokesman for YouTube said in a statement. “Apple continues to be an important partner to YouTube, and our users can still enjoy their favorite content on iOS devices.”

According to YouTube, subscribers who currently pay for YouTube TV via an App Store in-app purchase will have their accounts automatically canceled on the first billing date after March 13. Subscribers will have until this day to put in place a new form of payment.

“YouTube TV no longer supports in-app purchases on iOS,” a spokesman for YouTube said in a statement. “Apple continues to be an important partner to YouTube, and our users can still enjoy their favorite content on iOS devices.”

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