The lines between streaming and traditional media are increasingly blurring, and streaming platform Google TV shows it. This service combines all your streaming needs into one screen for an experience akin to channel surfing. All you need is a Chromecast or compatible smart TV. You can even turn your Android device into a remote control!
The Chromecast is widely ranked 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 includes the best in the series.
The best apps to download for Google TV
Some apps come pre-installed on Google TV, but these apps may vary by device. For preinstalled services, all you need to do is connect your accounts. Any apps that aren’t there, you’ll need to find and download them from the Google Play Store. Consider the following apps when adding them to your Google TV app library.
1. Streaming Service Apps
Netflix is one of the most likely apps to come preinstalled on your Google TV setup. It’s worth making sure you have it and that your account is connected (if you have an account). Most other streaming juggernauts have apps worth using. This includes Amazon Prime TV, Hulu TV, Paramount+, HBO Max, Disney+ and more.
2. Network TV Apps
Many TV stations have apps that are available with Google TV. Be sure to check for apps from one of your favorite stations. Sometimes you need a cable 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 also show live events and highlights. Fubo has a clean interface and a good selection 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 sponsored by Redbull as well as Redbull events. This is a good option if you’re interested in following extreme sports and esports athletes.
5. Main field
If you have a stationary bike, you probably know what Peloton is. This app is known for its indoor cycling workouts, but many great workout routines don’t require any equipment. There are many good workout apps for Google TV. Peloton is a great place to start your quest.
6. VLC media player
VLC is one of the best apps for playing any type of media. This app is known for being able to play most video file types. 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 TV
It can be difficult to transfer files between your other devices and your Google TV. Sending files to the TV helps solve this problem. With 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 want 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 helps to be able to treat your Google TV setup like a sound system. Whether you want ambient sounds or are throwing a party, the Spotify app is a great way to have a centralized music hub.
10. TuneIn radio
TuneIn turns your TV into a radio. TuneIn has access to music channels, news and 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 streamers or watch eSports events on your TV, download the Twitch app. It does an excellent job of formatting Twitch’s streaming interface for a TV setup. There are some third-party options if you don’t like Twitch’s official 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 have the lesson played on the big screen. You may need to make one-time purchases or have a subscription for this app.
13. TV Use Digital Wellbeing
It’s never a bad idea to keep track of your device usage. Digital Wellbeing for Google TV is a great way to keep track of how much time you spend on your TV. You’ll also find clever features to help curb usage if you look for them.
14. JioPages – web browser for TV
It is helpful to have access to a web browser tool. JioPages is one of the top rated TV web browsers on the Play Store because it’s simple and looks good. There are many other options to consider if these don’t do it for you.
Expand your app library on Google TV
There’s a good chance Google TV can handle most of your media consumption. Thousands of apps available bridge the gap between streamed content and traditional media. The apps listed above are a good place to start.
Check out how to use Google TV if you’re new to the service. It never hurts to get tips when diving into a shiny new technological toy.