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  1. dbpaddler

    dbpaddler Well-Known Member

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    It's an app for a vast majority of forums. This one, xda, AVS, a couple Subaru ones, a couple android ones and so on. Haven't used an actual site in ages outside of the rare time on my Surface.

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    Ah ok maybe Reddit links aren’t supported
     
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  4. dbpaddler

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    Just broken. The app has its annoyances.

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    It really isn't different than the TS4k outside of the cleaner left side of the home screen without those stupid streaming service icons. Really just cleaner because it's on Android 10 and not 9. Funny how someone on Reddit claimed it wasn't worth it for these oems to upgrade from 9 to 10 and will most likely just go to 11, but the cleaner interface alone would be worth it to me.

    And if the tivo dev's don't tell me we'll be able to move the stream carousel sometime soon, I think I'm going to ***** to tivo about returning my TS4k's. Kinda don't like my device being hijacked by tivo outside of their stream app.

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    Some pics I took of the Google TV interface.

    You can create a watchlist, and there is a continue watching feature.
     

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    Very nice! The whole Google TV UI design seems highly influenced by Apple TV's TV app UI (but without a ton of recommendations from Apple TV+, ha). Looks very slick. But I have to say, putting the streaming watchlist under the Library tab way over at the right is a bit of a head-scratcher to me. "Library" typically refers to content that you've purchased (or rented, temporarily adding it to your library). I guess Google is thinking that some of the titles that get added to the Watchlist will be for later purchase/rental. But I would think most would be movies and series from subscription services that you plan to watch (the way you watchlisted HBO Max's Raised by Wolves, for instance).

    At any rate, I'm glad that at least there is a Watchlist feature and I'm glad that the Continue Watching row appears on the main For You home tab. I guess I'd have to shuttle between those two lists when deciding what to watch.
     
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    Yeah, I was surprised as well, initially I thought the Library tab was useless to me since I thought it was only for rentals/purchases from Movies anywhere. Until I played around the home screen and found out there is a watchlist feature. Anything can be added to the library watchlist, I like that a lot.

    Your watchlist also appears all the way at the bottom of the For You Tab.

    Hopefully there is an update soon that moves the watchlist section to a closer to find spot in the home screen. I also hope they add a way to sort your watchlist by year, a-z, etc.
     
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    The watching now will disappear too (or should) when you finish up a series or movie. We finished star wars rebels last night and going back to the home screen, it was gone and the carousels tightened up.


    And you should be able to arrange the carousels in any order you want. On Android 9 with the icon for each row on the left. You navigate left, and see up down arrows. Click on them and you should be able to move the carousel up or down.

    In 10, since those icons aren't there, maybe try just going left at the beginning and see if it gives you something to move them. You shouldn't be stuck with the default order.

    I'm guessing some of you guys don't have the TS4k or haven't really customized it if you have it.

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    So far I have not seen any way to customize/move rows in the Google TV home interface.
    I do know you can set it to only show your apps row and completely remove all google recommendations tabs/rows. Called "Apps only mode" For a cleaner look.

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    I myself prefer seeing the recommendations rows, it looks like this might replace my Reelgood watchlist
     
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    Another neat thing is that you can add/edit your watchlist through a web browser on your computer or phone, since its all integrated with your google account. You can find your watchlist by going to my collections or searching "my watchlist" in the google search. You can add movies/shows to your watchlist by searching the movie or show and then selecting watchlist. I'm sure there will be a google tv mobile app soon that will have all these features, or maybe through google home app?
     
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    In the standard Android TV UI, each content row -- or "channel" as Google calls them -- is dedicated to a specific app. And it's up to that app developer to determine what they want to push into their channel row on the home screen. And the user can move the order of those rows around or completely delete/hide them.

    In the Google TV app on the For You tab, each themed content row ("Trending on Google," "Sci-Fi Movies," "Because You Liked X", etc.) commingles stuff from the various apps that you designate you want recommendations from. It would appear that those rows are populated by Google, not the app developers. As for whether those rows can be reordered or removed, I don't know.
     
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    Someone was asking about that in a different thread. Or at least some way via the web to edit things.

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    I feel that the more I watch stuff and select like(thumbs up) or even select watched, it then start recommending things according to my viewing preferences.

    I noticed peacock isn't supported to show in the recommendations rows just yet.
     
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    Yes, this has also been do-able for awhile now using the Google Play Movies & TV app on Android (phone/tablet). I've read that Google is going to replace that app with a new one just called "Google TV".
     
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    Nice, I'm barely diving into the Google tv/movie world.
    Surprisingly I did find the google play movies and tv app in the app store, but I did not try to install it since I dont use that service.
    a google tv app would be ideal.
     
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    In the Google Play Movies & TV app, you can check any of the following apps on the "Manage Services" page to determine where you see recommendations from:

    HBO Max, CBS AA, DC Universe, Disney+, Epix Now, Hulu, Netflix, Prime Video, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, Starz.

    And then it asks if you have cable or satellite TV. If so, I guess it presents additional options for TV everywhere apps tied to specific cable channels.

    In addition, the app just automatically includes recommendations from the free Tubi TV app. Not sure if that can be turned off.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken, Peacock is a Peacock app issue and the way it handles things. Tivo Stream can't integrate yet into theirs either.

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    Thanks I wasn't aware of that, will the change to Google TV just be a name change for thie google play movies and tv app or will it be a whole redesign?
     
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    The TV app on Apple TV integrates content from Peacock into their unified Up Next watchlist and recommendations. But the Peacock app itself is annoying because it doesn't conform to the normal playback controls that all other major apps do on Apple TV. So when you want to rewind, you have to pause and fiddle around with the on-screen controls. Bad.
     
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