The Google TV app, formerly known as Play Movies & TV, is getting a major update today. The latest update brings a new look, improved recommendations, and support for several new streaming services and live TV providers.
First of all. The new update introduces 16:9 widescreen movie and show posters, giving the UI a cinematic feel. Each poster now also shows Rotten Tomatoes scores. Then, if Google TV continues to show you recommendations for shows and movies you’ve already seen, you can now mark them as “seen” so they no longer appear in the “For you” tab.
Users will now see more rows of personalized recommendations for shows and movies to watch. Meanwhile, the recommendation system is also improving to identify your interests and show more personalized results.
Finally, the latest update adds support for several popular streaming services such as Discovery+, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS kids, and Boomerang. Three new live TV providers have also been added: YouTube TV, Philo and fubo TV. To add a new service, users can tap the profile icon located in the upper right corner and select “Manage Services”.
Google notes that existing features like “watchlists” aren’t going anywhere, and previously purchased content will still be accessible from the Library tab.
The Google TV app should not be confused with Google TV which is available on Chromecast, an interface that runs on Android TV and is currently only available on the new Chromecast and a handful of smart TVs. Currently, the Google TV app is only available in the United States. In other parts of the world, the app is still known as Play Movies & TV.
The new Google TV update will start rolling out to users in the US starting this week.