Google’s Live Channels app has allowed users to stream from a variety of networked sources, although users are probably more excited about the DVR feature. As the name implies, third-party channel apps can respond to user requests for recording and playing back of media. At this moment, the app needs to support it, limiting the overall impact.
However, Google has gotten a pretty big partner to integrate with their DVR: HDHomeRun. The news was announced yesterday on SiliconDust’s message board. It is a collaboration with Google to build the feature natively into the app.
Your HDHomeRun will show up as a “Network TV Tuner” and sync channel data. EPG data is pulled by Google into the app, not using the guide data provided by the HDHomeRun. It’s important to note that it does not “yet” support more than one of these devices. One can still use HDHomeRun’s app to access other Live Channels.
The experience will work as seamlessly as we demonstrated in our DVR post. You can schedule recordings and they will show up in a centralized collection. Recordings will be saved to the local storage, so it’s advisable to connect additional external storage. The feature will work even if the device is inactive since it can wake up based on a schedule. This also adds time-shifting support to HDHomeRun channels.
In order for this to work, a user will need an HDHomeRun (obviously) and the latest update to Live Channels. That last update, published yesterday to coincide with the news, only lists the changelog as “Performance and stability improvements”.
This will only work on devices that support the DVR feature, so just the Nexus Player and NVIDIA Shield TV, as well as any device running Android 7.0 or above.