Google Announces the YouTube TV Application for Android TV Devices

Google Announces the YouTube TV Application for Android TV Devices

After many months of rumors and reports, Google officially announced YouTube TV back in April of this year. Since then, the company has worked on expanding the number of markets the service is available in and they’ve also added some additional content to the service. Today, the team at Google has revealed they will be releasing a dedicated Android TV application for those who are subscribed to their YouTube TV service.

YouTube has been the largest video-based website on the internet for years. Acquired by Google all the way back in 2006, we’ve seen the platform grow and transition into the mainstream media platform that it is today. Many video content creators are able to make a living on just the ad revenue brought in by their YouTube videos. Google had plans to continue expanding the brand though and they leveraged the infrastructure to launch YouTube TV earlier this year.

For $35 per month you can watch live TV from over 40 different networks and it comes with cloud storage with no DVR limits. However, it was only available on the smartphone or a web browser. For a service as important as YouTube TV, it was strange to see Google ignore their TV platform at launch. Thankfully it won’t be that way for long as the company has just announced a dedicated Android TV application for YouTube TV.

Not only will the application be made available on dedicated Android TV boxes (like the Nexus Player and NVIDIA Shield TV), but it will also be made available on smart TVs including those from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Other devices to receive this dedicated application include Apple TV and the Xbox One family of devices (Xbox One, Xbox One S, and soon Xbox One X). We aren’t told exactly when the application will be made available though, but Google says it should be available on Android TV “in the next few days.”

Here’s what’s new on this TV app:

  • Control your live TV experience with your TV’s remote control or game controller.
  • For a more cinematic look, [they] made the background dark on your TVs.
  • A new Live guide made for your big screen so you can get a sneak-peek at what’s airing soon.
  • Never miss the action with our background playback experience built for your big screen.
  • Easily pick up where you left off on another device when you get home.

Source: YouTube Blog

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Doug Lynch
Doug Lynch

When I am passionate about something, I go all in and thrive on having my finger on the pulse of what is happening in that industry. This has transitioned over the years from PCs and video games, but for close to a decade now all of my attention has gone toward smartphones and Android.