The lines between streaming and traditional media have become increasingly blurred, and the Google TV streaming platform demonstrates this. This service combines all your streaming needs on one screen for an experience similar to channel browsing. All you need is a compatible Chromecast or smart TV. You can even turn your Android device into a remote control!
The Chromecast is generally rated as one of the best streaming devices currently available. What many people don’t know is that Android OS powers the Google TV software. There are thousands of compatible apps that 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 preloaded on Google TV, but these apps may differ by device. All that is required for the preloaded services is to connect your accounts. For any apps that are not there, you need to find and download them from the Google Play Store. Consider the following apps when adding to your Google TV app library.
1. Streaming Service Apps
Netflix is one of the apps most likely to come preloaded on your Google TV setup. It’s worth making sure you have it and your account is connected (if you have an account). Most of the other streaming behemoths have apps worth using. These include Amazon Prime TV, Hulu TV, Paramount+, HBO Max, Disney+, and more.
2. Network TV Apps
Many TV networks have apps available with Google TV. Be sure to search for apps from one of your favorite broadcasters. Sometimes you need a cable subscription to use these apps, but they often provide access to live TV and popular media.
3. Fubo TV
Fubo TV is a great app for following sports and watching live events. There are several sports apps that also show live events and highlights. Fubo has a clean interface and a good variety of content. If you have a sports genre in mind, search for a specific app or related network.
4. Redbull Television
Redbull TV is another good option for watching sports. This app focuses on individual athletes sponsored by Redbull as well as Redbull events. This is a good one if you are interested in following extreme sports and esports athletes.
If you have a stationary bike, you probably know what Peloton is. This app is known for its indoor cycling workouts, but many great exercise programs don’t require 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 to play any kind of media. This application is well known for being able to play most types of video files. You can also play audio files and use other cool features! This is a great app for playing personal media files through your Google TV.
7. Send Files to TV
It can be difficult to transfer files between your other devices and your Google TV. Sending files to TV helps 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 track your files. Downloading this style of application is also important if you intend to download programs.
It helps to be able to treat your Google TV setup like an audio system. Whether you want some ambient noise or you’re throwing a party, the Spotify app is a great way to have a central music hub.
10. Listen to the 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 great options, Google TV can cover most of your audio media needs.
If you want to follow your favorite streamer or watch sporting events on your TV, download the Twitch app. It does a great job of formatting Twitch’s streaming interface for a TV setup. There are 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. It’s a great resource for learning new skills. Plus, it helps bring the lessons to life on the big screen. You may need to make one-time purchases or subscribe to this application.
13. Digital well-being of television use
It’s never a bad idea to keep track of your device usage. Digital Wellbeing for Google TV is a great way to keep tabs on 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 – TV Web Browser
It is useful to have access to a web browsing tool. JioPages is one of the top-rated TV web browsers in the Play Store because it’s simple and looks great. There are plenty of other options you can look into if this one doesn’t do it for you.
Grow your app library on Google TV
Chances are, Google TV can take over most of your media consumption. Thousands of available apps cover the ground between streaming content and traditional media. The apps listed above are a great place to start.
Consider checking out how to use Google TV if you’re new to the service. It never hurts to get some advice when diving into a shiny new tech toy.