Android TV may not have seen much in terms of updates at Google I/O earlier this summer (although we did get the Xiaomi Mi Box announced at the conference), but that doesn't mean that the platform is dead or dying. One of the big issues with any smart TV platform failing, is app support. Something that Android TV has done better than its predecessor, Google TV. But there are still quite a few apps missing. If you were waiting on a Nickelodeon app – to keep your kids busy – then you can cross that off your list now. As the Nickelodeon app has landed on Android TV today. Allowing your kids to watch endless amounts of their favorite TV shows.
As is the case with most network apps, Nickelodeon does require a cable or satellite TV login. So if you use Comcast, Sling TV, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, or another cable or satellite provider, you'll just need to simply sign in, and you'll be good to go. It's not a big deal, but if you are a cord cutter, then you probably won't be able to use the Nickelodeon app, unfortunately. Currently, there is no option to sign up for the app without using a cable or satellite TV provider. So those without cable or satellite TV are out of luck. Hopefully that will change in the future, as that is something that HBO and Showtime have done recently – made a plan for those that don't subscribe to paid TV. And it's something that is going to become more popular in the next few years.
The app is actually named "Nick for Android TV" and is available now in the Google Play Store. It is compatible with all of the Android TV set-top boxes out there right now. Which is definitely a good thing, considering most Nexus Player owners aren't likely to upgrade their set-top box for the Nick app. The app basically gives you the same experience that you would get on your smartphone or tablet, through the standard app. The only difference here, really, is that you can watch Spongebob or any other Nick show, on the big screen.