The Google TV app, previously Play Movies & TV, makes it easy to find and enjoy the entertainment you love from across your apps, all in one place. With Google TV, you'll be able to:
Find what to watch next
Browse movies and TV episodes from across your streaming apps, all in one place and organized into topics and genres. Discover new things with recommendations based on what you love and what’s trending across the services you already have access to. Search for titles to see which apps are streaming them.
Create a list for all your discoveries
Add interesting shows and movies to your Watchlist to keep track of your new discoveries and view them later. The Watchlist is shared across your devices, so you can even add to your Watchlist from your TV or phone and laptop through Search on any browser.
Take your favorites on-the-go
Your recommendations, Library and Watchlist go with you wherever you go, whether it is out the front door or just to the other room. Start streaming right on your mobile device, or download your previously purchased entertainment from your Library to watch when you're not connected.
Use your phone as your Google TV / Android TV remote
With a remote built right into the app, you can find something great to watch even when the couch has eaten your remote. And you can use your phone’s keyboard to quickly type complicated passwords, movie names or search terms on your Google TV or other Android TV OS device
Learn more about Google TV: https://tv.google
* Bug fixes and performance improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Why not Apple TV?
Wouldn’t the Google TV app be a perfect candidate for availability on the Apple TV? Like, wouldn’t I want to watch TV on my TV?
I can think of three reasons why:
1) Pushing use of Chromecast, but this is aimed at people already in the Apple ecosystem (and I don’t want to cast/airplay, which is why I chose to connect what is essentially a computer to my TV in the form of the Apple TV)
2) Users unable to purchase content from the play store on the Apple TV itself, so it would solely be used for consuming content
3) Not as much user or usage data available to make the platform worth while
I was a big-time Google user (Pixel phone, Google assistants in every room, chrome book), but since switched to Apple ecosystem. Instead of waiting for Google to improve the media experience on my platforms of choice (Google TV was too little too late) with non-commital dabbling with things like iOS support but not TVOS support, it was easier to just walk away from my purchase and start over on iTunes. If Google committed to providing my 4K content on all my devices, Google’s video service would have been a slam dunk.
I wish I could have my library at the quality I purchased it on the device I want to watch it. Who else could do that besides Google? And they choose not to. Bummer.
Can’t Download Anything
2022 - Now GoogleTV. The downloads still don’t work. It keeps on giving me an error any time I try and download something.
They did respond with the typical troubleshooting page. None of those things worked years ago, and they still don’t work now. This is a fine app for streaming things, but if you want to download anything, go elsewhere.
UPDATE: App now crashes whenever I click on. Buy your movies and TV shows elsewhere. UPDATE: They obviously haven’t updated this app in ages. Since buying a new iPad Pro, my movies and TV episodes freeze often, and I still can’t download anything. UPDATE: Still can’t download anything. It’s been repeatedly crashing while watching anything I’ve purchased. And now the app itself crashes every time I open it. NOT HAPPY googleplay. Purchase movies and TV shows elsewhere. Original Review. I’ve been using googleplay for years, and, overall, have been fairly happy with it. I haven’t been able to download anything on the app for months now though, and that makes me very unhappy, as I travel frequently. I contacted them, was told that they were aware of the problem, were working on it, and there was nothing to be done on my end. It’s obvious it’s not something they are very keen to fix, and I find that incredibly frustrating.
Developer Response ,
Thank you for taking the time to report this and sorry to hear about the trouble you're encountering with the app. Please give the following steps a try: https://support.google.com/googletv/answer/10031689. If that doesn't fix the issue, please get in touch with us here: https://support.google.com/googletv/gethelp. We're here to help!
Why is functionality so poor?
I’m an iPhone user, is that why? I downloaded a movie on Google play. Streamed it to my chromecast. Have to obviously use my phone as the remote. Google TV (which I had to stream it from now that to my surprise google play is no longer an app to stream from) has a basic play/pause button, a super small slider but no fast forward or rewind in 10-30s intervals. Why? Too challenging for a Google programmer to build?
A semi decent remote control function would be nice but the “google remote” that’s supposed to be part of the app doesn’t work. It doesn’t recognize any of the content that is streaming to my chromecast. These are simple things. It appears google has given up on usability and functionality now that google play app is dead.
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