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DISAPPEARED: What happened to Zattoo on Google Play?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 27.11.13 - 12:43:50 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 10240x
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I'm sure, many European users know Zattoo, an - if not the biggest - European linear TV IPTV service, broadcasting in seven European countries. In addition to Germany and Switzerland, where Zattoo started back in 2006, the Switzerland-based company is also offering its service in Spain, France, Denmark, Luxembourg as well as a small channel line-up in the USA and the UK. Each country offers a specific, regional linear TV channel portfolio. As Zattoo says on its own web site, "every user can access Zattoo on all devices on which the service is available". And so far, Zattoo supported Android, iOS, Windows, Windows 8 and Windows RT as well as Windows Phone through the respective app stores.

For Germany, this is even more interesting after RTL Group, a very popular broadcaster, stopped terrestrial broadcast via DVB-T and Zattoo is now an interesting alternative for users which don't want to subscribe for a cable TV service or can't use satellite.
However, as Markus Weidner from German pointed out last weekend, he noticed that Zattoo recently disappeared from Google Play. On Twitter, the Zattoo support only said that "the app is currently not available - sorry! We are working together with Google to have it asap in the Play Store again."

However and this is interesting, Zattoo is still available from the Amazon App Store so it can't be a general problem with the app itself but it seems that Google has some reasons to (temporarily?) remove it from its Play Store. The official reason yet is unknown.

We reached out to Zattoo, asking for for a statement which will be published here as soon as we have heard anything back. In the meantime, and if you are a Zattoo user or subscriber, it's advised to either backup your current Zattoo installation or download it from the Amazon App Store (which is not advertized and mentioned on Zattoo's web site - link bellow).

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Marc on 27.11.13 - 13:32:34

However, the Appstore currently shows strange behavior as well. A couple of days ago, the Appstore was significantly upgraded and the Zattoo app was upgraded from an 1.0-ish release to 1.3.3, introducing displaying ads. On some devices, Zattoo now constantly shows up as updated and will remain in this state, regardless of how many times you download and install the so-called update.

Posted by Arne Hess on 27.11.13 - 19:12:36

Yes, I saw your tweets with Zattoo earlier this morning. And 1.3.3 is also the latest version I've downloaded from Google Play before it disappeared. No problems here, so far but well, it can't find an update at all since there's nothing in the store anymore. Really weird. Unfortunately, Zattoo hasn't answered so far so I have no clue what's up with the Android version.

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