It has taken a while, a lot longer than it should have frankly, but Google Home is now finally able to start up a movie or television show from Google Play Movies & TV. The feature quietly snuck into Home and Google Assistant this week during Google I/O and didn’t get a lot of fanfare but it closes a loop in Google’s support of their own products.
If you have a Google Home and you have movies or television shows you have rented or purchased in Play Movies & TV, you can now ask Google Assistant to play a movie in your account to a Chromecast device in your home. It works just like it does with Netflix and other services that are already supported by Home & Assistant.
The lack of Play Movies & TV was frustrating for many who had content in the service and had to manually start the showing of that content on their Chromecasts yet could start a movie on Netflix just by giving their Home devices the command to do so. Why it took so long is a good question.
The feature is still in the process or rolling out as it is a cloud-side change. If you have trouble getting your Home to play content from Play Movies & TV, give it a few days and it should be there for everyone.