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The lines between streaming and traditional media are becoming increasingly blurred, and Google TV’s streaming platform demonstrates this. This service combines all your streaming needs on one screen for an experience similar to channel surfing. All you need is a Chromecast or compatible smart TV. You can even turn your Android device into a remote!
Chromecast is usually ranked as one of the the best streaming devices available right now. What many people don’t know is that the Android operating system powers the Google TV software. There are thousands of compatible apps you can use with Google TV. This list covers the best of the bunch.
The best apps to download for Google TV
Some apps are pre-installed on Google TV, but they may differ depending on the device. All that is required for preloaded services is to link your accounts. For any apps that are not there, you need to find and download them on the Google Play Store. Consider the following apps when adding to your Google TV app library.
1. Streaming Service Applications
Netflix is one of the most likely apps to come pre-installed on your Google TV setup. It’s worth making sure you have it and that your account is linked (if you have one). Most of the other streaming giants have apps worth using. These include Amazon Prime TV, Hulu TV, Paramount+, HBO Max, Disney+ and more.
2. Network TV applications
Many TV networks have apps that are available with Google TV. Don’t forget to search for apps from any of your favorite carriers. Sometimes you need a cable TV subscription to use these apps, but they often allow access to live TV and popular media.
3. Fubo TV
Fubo TV is a great app to follow sports and watch live events. There are several sports apps that show live events and highlights. Fubo has a clean interface and a good variety of content. If you have a sports genre in mind, look for a specific app or related network.
4. Redbull TV
Redbull TV is another good option for watching sports. This app focuses on individual athletes who are sponsored by Redbull as well as Redbull events. This is a good option if you are interested in following extreme sports and eSports.
If you have a stationary bike, you probably know what Peloton is. This app is known for its indoor cycling workouts, but many great routines require no equipment. There are many good exercise apps for Google TV. Peloton is a great place to start your search.
6. VLC Media Player
VLC is one of the best applications for playing any media. This application is well known for being able to play most types of video files. You can also play audio files and use some other nifty features! This is a great app for playing personal media files through your Google TV.
7. Send files to the TV
It can be difficult to transfer files between your other devices and your Google TV. Send Files to TV helps to solve this problem. Using this app, you can send movies, shows, and other files stored on other devices to your Google TV setup.
8. FX File Explorer
If you plan to transfer files between other devices and your Google TV, using a file manager app is essential. This helps you organize and keep track of your files. Downloading this style of app is also important if you intend to sideload programs.
It’s useful to be able to treat your Google TV setup like a sound system. Whether you want ambient noise or are hosting a party, the Spotify app is a great way to have a central music hub.
10. TuneIn Radio
TuneIn turns your TV into a radio. TuneIn has access to music stations, news as well as FM radio. Between TuneIn, Spotify, Google Play Music and other good options, Google TV can cover most of your audio media needs.
If you want to keep up with your favorite streamer or watch eSports on your TV, download the Twitch app. It does a great job of formatting the Twitch streaming interface for a TV setup. There are some third-party options if you don’t like the official Twitch app.
12. Master class
The Masterclass app is an underrated choice for Google TV. This is a great resource for learning new skills. It also helps to play the lessons on the big screen. You may be required to make one-time purchases or have a subscription for this app.
13. Use of television Digital well-being
It’s never a bad idea to monitor your device usage. Digital Wellbeing for Google TV is a great way to track how much time you spend in front of your TV. You’ll also find smart features that help limit usage if that’s what you’re looking for.
14. JioPages – Web Browser for TV
It is helpful to have access to a web browsing tool. JioPages is one of the top rated TV web browsers on the Play Store because it’s simple and looks great. There are many other options you can look into if this one doesn’t do it for you.
Expand your library of apps on Google TV
There’s a good chance that Google TV takes care of most of your media consumption. Thousands of apps available cover the ground between streaming content and traditional media. The apps listed above are a great place to start.
Consider leaving how to use Google TV if you are new to the service. It never hurts to get some advice when diving into a shiny new tech toy.