In a latest development, YouTube has started shooting out emails to customers who have subscribed its YouTube TV service through Apple’s App Store along with a caution that their subscriptions will be discontinued in March.
As per MacRumors, the company is emailing YouTube TV customers with a warning that it plans to phase out support for in-app payments altogether in March. Hence, after this, Apple device owners will have to subscribe to YouTube TV via a web browser.
“You are currently subscribed to YouTube TV through Apple in-app purchases, so we are writing to let you know that, starting March 13, 2020, YouTube TV will no longer accept payment through Apple in-app purchases,” the company said in a mail that many YouTube TV subscribers received in the last couple of days.
“You’ll be billed for one final month of service and then your in-app purchase subscription will be cancelled automatically on your billing date after March 13, 2020,” the company further added.
Now, this email does not explain why Google is clamping down on one of the many ways people can pay for YouTube TV, but it could well be that Google may be following the path of other services like Netflix and Spotify which have started bypassing App Store so that they do not have pay commissions.
As things stand now, Apple takes a 30 per cent cut of in-app subscriptions for the first year as well as a 15 per cent cut in the following years.