Google TV app gets YouTube TV integration and redesign


Ahead of the launch of an in-app remote which is expected to arrive soon, the Google TV app for Android will receive updates in the coming days. Starting this week, the app will add support for on-demand content search from YouTube TV and other providers, as well as some visual updates to the Google TV app.

The Google TV app, which is still exclusively on Android, will get a small visual overhaul that’s a bit more inviting and closer to the TV experience on Chromecast and some TVs. Unlike the current experience, there’s a new carousel at the top of the “For You” tab that can highlight new or interesting content personalized to your account. Below there are also “Top Picks” and “Continue Watching” rows. Google also adds Rotten Tomatoes scores to content pages.

Later in this update, Google says users will see more personalized recommendation lines similar to what’s happening on the TV experience.

Perhaps most important, however, is the addition of more content sources when searching for content. The Google TV app on Android is now able to access sources such as Discovery+, Viki and the on-demand libraries of FuboTV, YouTube TV and Philo. As it stands, the list of services on the Android app versus the big-screen Google TV experience is limited to just 10 options out of the more than 30 supported.

Users simply need to tell the app that they have these services in the settings menu to see the option when searching for movies and TV shows. Recommendations will also be improved using this information.

To help power your recommendations, we’re adding support for even more streaming services, giving you more of what you love to watch. You’ll be able to watch movies and shows from Discovery+ and Viki, find family entertainment on Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and Boomerang, and listen to on-demand content from live TV providers like YouTube TV, Philo, and fubo TV. Click on your account icon to add your services in the “Manage Services” menu.

These changes will roll out to the Google TV app starting this week in the US.

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