New Google TV app update makes Watchlist much more useful


What do you want to know

  • The Google TV app now includes a new feature that notifies you when a previously favorited movie or show becomes available for free.
  • The new feature is hidden deep in the app’s settings, though it’s enabled by default.
  • You will also be notified when content from a third-party streaming service linked to the app becomes available for free viewing.

Google has quietly pushed a new update to the Google TV app, formerly known as the Google Play Movies & TV app, which notifies you when a TV show or movie on your watchlist becomes free to watch.

The app’s watchlist tab works like a bookmark, letting you save movies and TV shows to watch later on most top Android phones or laptops. According 9to5GoogleThe new feature is enabled by default on the Google TV app, as well as the Play Movies & TV app if you’re still using it.

You can also disable the feature by toggling the option. To do this, go to the app settings and select “Update notification preferences”, where you will find the option “Available to watch for free”.

In addition to content directly available to watch on the app, the alert also works for movies and shows available through third-party streaming services, including Discovery+, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and Bloomberg. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to connect these services to the Google TV app to receive notifications.

It’s one of the most useful features added to the app since its rebranding last year, transforming it from a simple repository of content you’ll want to watch later into a proactive system that notifies you when an item you saved becomes available for free. The feature is now available in version 4.29 of the app.

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