With the new Chromecast announced in September 2020, Google also re-debuted Google TV. Which is basically an interface that lives on top of Android TV. It’s almost like a new home screen for your TV.
Google TV offers a more streamlined interface, with the ability to see all shows and movies from all apps installed, on your home screen. Instead of just a row of apps. Making it easier to find something to watch.
What streaming services are compatible with Google TV
As of today, the following streaming services are compatible with Google TV. Expect to have more added in the future though.
- Amazon Prime Video
- Apple TV & Apple TV+ (coming in 2021)
- CBS All Access
- Comedy Central
- DC Universe
- Disney NOW
- Epix Now
- Fox Now
- HBO Go
- HBO Max
- Pluto TV
- Showtime Anytime
- Sling TV
- The CW
- Tubi TV
What Live TV services work with Google TV’s “Live” tab?
Google TV has a really useful “Live” tab on its home screen, that will show you exactly what it is on TV right now. At launch, this was only compatible with YouTube TV. Since then, the compatibility list has expanded. These are the services that are currently compatible with the Live tab.
- Philo TV
- Sling TV
- YouTube TV
Can I use streaming services that are now compatible?
If you have a streaming service that you subscribe to that is not compatible with Google TV right now, you can still use them. They just won’t show up with their content in the content section. You can still launch them like normal though.
Just head over to the Apps tab, and you’ll see all of your installed apps on Google TV. The “For You” Tab also has many of these apps, as well as top picks. So you can find something to watch easily. These Top Picks will change over time, based on what you watch and don’t watch. So that Google can recommend shows and movies that you’ll actually like.
Is YouTube TV compatible?
You might have noticed that Sling TV is compatible, but YouTube TV is not located in that list. That is because YouTube TV is in the “Live” section of Google TV. So you’ll be able to scroll through YouTube TV listings like you would if you were using a cable box.
Thats’ going to make it super simple to find something that you can watch, live or DVR’d on YouTube TV.
YouTube TV does also work with most of the TV Everywhere app, which will also show content in your library.
This is going to make it a much nicer way to interact with your TV and find something to watch while you’re eating dinner and such. Which is what Google TV is all about. Making it easier to find something to watch, in a cleaner interface. With all of these streaming services it can sometimes be tough to find something good to watch.