New Google TV, Streaming, Live TV and More in One Place
Everyone has a smart TV platform so it makes sense for Google to launch its own latest version. It’s called Google TV. The name refers to the interface for the new Chromecast with Google TV, combining streaming services, live TV and various other Google offerings into a single user interface.
The new Google TV works with most of the top streaming offerings, including Disney+, france.tv, HBO Max, Netflix, Rakuten Viki and, of course, YouTube, with NBC’s Peacock coming soon. Live TV is accessible for those who have a YouTube TV membership in the United States, with 85 live stations, including the networks, CNN, ESPN and Nickelodeon, available via a Live tab. The company will also be adding additional live TV provider integration down the road.
Google said it updated the search knowledge graph it used in previous offerings like Play Movies & TV to help Google TV better understand what you’re looking for. You’ll also be able to continue to use the Cast system to stream your photos or phone screen to your TV, and those who liked Ambient mode for displaying art on their television sets will still find it here. Google also said Stadia support will be available in the first half of 2021.
Google TV is available for Chromecast with Google TV, which launches today at $50. There is also a promotion for two Chromecasts with Google TV and Netflix for 6 months $129.98, which is a better deal that just buying a single device.
It will also be available as a mobile app for Android devices starting today, so you can already experience the new interface on your phone. Start adding shows to your watchlist and they’ll carry over to your TV as well.