Browsing the web through your TV is hard. Navigation is a pain and there’s a lot of small text and distractions that prevent you from getting a really good experience sitting ten feet away. Milked is an app which recently added support for Android TV and tries to solve the problem to varying degrees of success.
The app uses a technology it calls “Smart A.B.R Fetcher”, which is a process that resembles RSS. Essentially it is a bot that will scan websites for changes and present those changes in a list. In the case of a news site, like this one, it will be able to detect when an article is posted and provide the contents of that article.
Inside the app, users can add new rows, where is row is a website they want to fetch updates for. The service cuts up the sites into each update and provides it as it’s own card. From there, users are able to read the article in the article mode, load the website, or listen to the article using TTS (text-to-speech).
The article mode tries to take advantage of the space by keeping the banner image and title aligned to the lefthand side of the page while the article text can be scrolled up and down on the righthand side. There could be some more whitespace in my opinion, although it’s not the worst reading experience on a TV. It’s definitely better than loading the article in a browser.
A few weeks ago we discussed Headlines, which also provided news on your TV, although it didn’t have support for any website feed. With Milked, you can view articles from any website you choose. If you’ve been looking for a way to browse articles and news on your Android TV, download Milked for free from the Google Play Store.