Fan TV is a nifty service. If you want to watch a TV show, you can just do a search and it’ll show you all the available services. It’s easy to search for Mr. Robot and see where you can watch an episode on Live TV, free with ads, or where you can purchase the episode.
What you might not know about the company is that they were making their own hardware. They partnered with Time Warner Cable to start producing set-top boxes. Although they originally had their STB bundled with a cable subscription, that went south when a Comcast-TWC merger was announced.
Later, Fan TV was acquired by Rovi for $12 million.
Plans for a new generation of hardware don’t make much sense. Some complaints about the original was a lack of Netflix. As more developed and popular platforms have been created for the TV, it’s harder for an independent platform to gain a similar number of streaming services.
Fan TV has pivoted to primarily do software. In addition to their web interface, they also have an Android app and now support for Android TV. Like the phone app, you should be able to query a TV show or movie from a number of sources and find which one works best for you. (This is the purpose of the universal search bar on the homescreen, but few apps choose to integrate it.)
This might be disappointing news for their hardware customers, but they should soon get a Nexus Player, free of charge, that will have the company’s app installed.