Google TV is undoubtedly the most talked about TV platform this year. It is currently only available on select new Sony and TCL models. In addition, Chromecast and Realme set-top boxes run on Google TV.
The new platform has a simple and intuitive interface. It can be controlled not only with a TV remote control, but also with a mobile application.
Google TV is not only a rich choice of streaming content, but also a complete solution for home entertainment. Below we take a look at some of the platform’s useful features that you may not have guessed yet.
1. Watch Later
This feature is one of our favorites. It saves you hours of wandering through the catalog looking for content to view.
Every time you open Google TV and come across an interesting movie, click on the “Watch Later” button. After that, it will be added to the list for viewing, which you can use later, when you have time for this. But that is not all.
By regularly using this feature, you “teach” Google TV’s smart algorithm to more accurately select the content recommended for you, displayed on the home page. Moreover, the platform searches for it in all applications in its catalog, be it Disney +, Netflix or Google’s own catalog.
2. Games on TV without a game console
Google TV is not only a video platform, but a portal for games. And the most diverse.
You can play classics like Crossy Road or Asphalt 8 right on your TV screen. Connect a Bluetooth controller to it, and you can enjoy games as if you had a game console at hand.
And if you want to plunge into more sophisticated computer graphics, then Google Stadia is at your service. This is the internet giant’s own gaming platform, providing access to advanced games such as Far Cry 6, Cyberpunk 2077, Control and Red Dead Redemption 2. Without a game console.
True, this pleasure is not free. Games must be purchased individually or through a Stadia Pro subscription to access the comprehensive catalog.
3. Children’s profile
If you have kids, you can set up Google TV for limited access. Provide freedom of choice to children, not standing over their souls all the time.
To do this, on the main page of the platform, you need to create a child profile under your own account. Further, you can limit the video services to which children do not want access, as well as set the daily viewing limit and the time for children to go to bed.
4. Music in multi-room mode
If you own a smart soundbar or smart speakers with Chromecast support, you can turn your Google TV into a music station that picks up a signal from streaming platforms like Spotify and plays it through your audio devices.
And if you run the Google Home app, you can create a multi-room audio system by monitoring sound throughout your home.
5. Remote access to home files
The popularity of streaming platforms is growing rapidly, and some users have already completely switched to them, abandoning traditional channels. However, if you have your own local video library, i.e. on a computer or NAS drive, then Google TV can connect to it and play your favorite movies on the TV screen without manipulating a flash drive or cables.
To do this, you need to install a DLNA application for Google TV, such as Plex, and get remote access to all your video and music files.
In case you use a set-top box, you will need to purchase a USB-C hub and connect a hard drive or flash drive with your catalog to it.