Google TV
Developer(s)Google
Initial releaseSeptember 2020; 3 years ago (2020-09)
Operating systemAndroid
iOS
Web
TypeDigital distribution
Websiteplay.google.com/store/movies

Google TV is a digital distribution service for movies and TV shows. It is operated by Google. Announced in September 2020, as a service it allows users to search and discover video titles available across multiple streaming services as well as to rent or to buy available titles from Google and add any selected title to a watchlist for watching or accessing such titles from eligible devices and platforms. The buy, rent or preorder options were also part of Google Play Movies & TV, another service by Google which later was moved to Google TV service.

The purchased or rented video titles can be watched by a signed-in user on Android TV devices, Google TV devices, the Google TV mobile app ( Android and iOS) and YouTube. The Google TV mobile app can download video for offline watching. The search, discover and watchlist options are also available on the Google Search website, the Google TV app on mobile devices, TVs with Google Assistant and Google TV devices.

Overview

The Google TV service was announced in September 2020 along with the launch of Chromecast with Google TV having an updated interface with service features available first on it and to be made available later on some Android TVs.[1][2] At the same time, the Google Play Movies & TV app was also updated with same interface as well as related features and was renamed to Google TV on Android mobile devices in the United States.[2] The Google TV user interface is deeply integrated with the Google TV video service.[3]

The service expanded to iOS in June 2022.[4]

Geographic availability

Geographic availability of movies on Google TV
Geographic availability of TV shows on Google TV

Now part of Google TV service, movies on Google Play are available in 120 countries.[5]

The full country list includes: Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Fiji, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe [5]

Also, TV shows are only available in: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States.[5]

Google TV app is available in: Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Namibia, Netherlands, Nepal, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.[5]

Features

Purchase and library access

The Google TV service offers options to rent or buy movies and television shows in various video resolutions including SD, HD and UHD, depending on geographic as well as devices and platform availability.[6]

Available content titles can be purchased through a Google TV device or the Google TV app. The purchase feature is not available on iPhone and iPad. The purchased content is added to the library associated with the signed-in Google Account.[6]

Content titles purchased through Google Play Movies & TV or through YouTube can also be found in library associated with the same Google Account and can be accessed using Google TV on eligible devices and platforms.[6]

The Shop tab on Android TV devices can also be used to explore and buy or rent video titles distributed under Google TV service.[7]

Offline downloads

A user can download a previously bought video on up to five devices and a rented video on one device at a time using the Google TV app. Users can't download videos onto a Google TV device.[8]

Watchlist

Movies and shows can be added to a watchlist to find or watch content later. The watchlist is associated with the user account and updates across devices of a signed-in account when some content is added to it. Certain content from some streaming services cannot be added to watchlist. Content titles can be watched, removed or added on watchlist from a Google TV device, Google TV app, or from Google Search in a web browser.[9]

Recommendations and content preferences

In agreement with partners, Google provides recommended content to users of the Google TV service with the app or dedicated Google TV devices. Google sets default ordering and selections for streaming services based on app popularity, installed apps, user saved services, and contractual agreements with Google's partners.[10]

A user can add streaming services by selecting from list of available services using Google TV app or a Google TV device in order to get more content recommendations from those services. These options aren't available for all shows and movies on every streaming service.[10] Streaming services can be linked or unlinked to a user's Google account.[11]

If a user is signed in with their Google Account and Web & App Activity is turned on, Google makes recommendations based on several factors which include:[12]

A user can set or update content preferences by rating the followed suggested titles. This feature is only available on a Google TV device.[10]

Parental controls

Parental controls are available on some Google TV devices and regions.[13]

Interface

Content distributed under Google TV service is made available for discovery on a user interface called Google TV as available on Google TV devices and Google TV mobile app as well as on new user interface called Android TV as available on Android TV devices.[13][1][3]

Platforms and devices

Google TV can be accessed on different platforms and devices. However, not all features are available on every platform or device. User sign-in is required on each platform to access their content library.[14] This includes the following platforms and devices:[15]

Browsers

Smartphones and tablets

Television sets

Digital media players

The service can be used with access to content through the YouTube app available on media players including the following:

Google TV devices

Further information: List of Android TV devices

Select smart TVs and streaming devices have Google TV interface built-in. The Google TV interface has underlying Android TV operating system.[14]

The list of Google TV devices includes the following:

Google Play Movies & TV

Google Play Movies & TV was an online video on demand service operated by Google and as part of Google Play product line, the service offered movies and television shows for purchase or rental, depending on availability.[19][20] As of May 2022, it was moved to Google TV.[21]

History

The Google Movies service was launched in May 2011.[22] It was rebranded under Google Play in March 2012.[23]

Movies were introduced in Korea in September 2012,[24] with further rollouts of movies in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Spain in October 2012;[25] movies in Brazil and Russia in December 2012;[26][27] movies in India and Mexico in March 2013;[28] TV shows in the United Kingdom in July 2013;[29] and movies in Italy in November 2013.[30] A major expansion of movies was made in 13 new countries in December 2013,[31] and 38 new countries in March 2014.[32] Subsequent rollouts took place for movies in Belgium, Philippines, Switzerland, and Uganda in May 2014;[33] movies in Ireland in July 2014;[34] movies in Austria in September 2014;[35] movies in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Macedonia, Malta, Slovenia, Taiwan, and Ukraine in November 2014;[36] movies in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore in July 2015;[37] movies in Turkey in March 2016;[38] and movies in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam in November 2016.[39]

With several video titles available in HD,[40] Google added a 4K Ultra HD video option for select titles in December 2016,[41] and began offering content in 4K HDR quality in the United States and Canada in July 2017.[42][43]

In September 2020, the Google Play Movies & TV mobile app was renamed to Google TV[44] and related features were added to it,[14] coinciding with the announcement of Google TV interface available first on the new Chromecast.[45]

In March 2021, users were informed that the app used on several TVs would no longer be available in June 2021 and users should use the YouTube app instead.[46]

In April 2021, Google began to deprecate the Google Play Movies & TV app on[47] Roku, LG, Samsung, and Vizio smart TVs, the app to shut down on July 15, redirecting users on these platforms to the YouTube app.[48]

In March 2022, it was announced that Google Play Movies & TV is moving to Google TV and starting in May 2022, the Google TV app will be home for buying, renting, and watching movies and shows on Android mobile device or tablet.[21] It was also announced that Movies & TV will no longer be supported on the Google Play app and Google Play will continue to be store for apps, games, and books.[21]

In January 2024, it was announced that Google Play Movies & TV would be removed on Android TV and the Google Play website; the web version would move to YouTube.

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