18
Apr
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Google TV still exists. It's important to be reminded once in a while because, while Google TV promised to be our deliverer from the evil world of crappy cable box interfaces, so far the company has yet to deliver. Today's update to the TV & Movies app, though, is a step in the right direction. For starters, Google has finally done what we've all wanted since there were more than three channels: now you can see what shows are on just your favorite channels on a single screen.

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Using Google TV to augment your existing cable/satellite service, you've always been able to add your favorite channels to a special tab. Now, though, when you go to this tab, you will immediately see what show is currently airing on that channel. Yes, Google just killed channel surfing. Additionally, you can add your individual shows to your queue and get a list of which episodes are available to watch where. Whether it's Netflix, Amazon VOD, or HBO Go, all available sources that Google can find will be available in one place.

Google is also introducing personalized show suggestions, which sounds very similar to what Netflix specializes in. When you open up the new version of TV & Movies, you'll be asked to rate a bunch of shows and talkies so Google can get a sense of what you like. From then on, the Great Server will start suggesting shows you might like. This will be an essential tool for Google if the company wants GTV to go anywhere. Discovery is half the problem with most major services right now.

The new app only has a few minor features, but they add up to a much better experience. We're still not sure Google TV is the right choice for everyone just yet, but if you're a cable or satellite subscriber looking for a much better interface, it might be time to give Google TV another look.

Source: Play Store via Google TV Blog

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • HAVOCOID

    I love my GoogleTV!!! But I 
    I rarely use this app... 

  • Wallielamarr

    I always use this app it's how I find something to watch. Much better than time Warners guide. But it hasn't updated yet for me. I know that Logitech has stopped supporting the revue but has Google as well?

  • http://twitter.com/rdlf2048 Rodolfo Ferreira

    This situation...It's really sad. For tablet-owners like me, who used to rent movies for the weekend from Google, and STILL had to watch it on my tablet. The HDMI connection to my Bravia2-based TV shows a black screen and only the sound is playing. Sony says everything is OK and their TV is HDCP-capable and Google tells me it's ASUS fault; ASUS, on the other still didn't reply (1 month)...Maybe it's not Google's fault at all.

  • Andy

    It boggles my mind that YouTube rental still doesn't work in GoogleTV...

  • Web Design Development Service

    I enjoyed reading this a lot and I really hope to read more of your posts in the future.

  • Christopher Peterson

    Can't wait for Google Maps and Waze to combine, as i love the social aspect of waze, but Maps looks so much better.

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