For a while rumors have been swarming that YouTube executives were making deals with networks for a sort of over-the-top cable service called Unplugged. This service, which would be $35, would blend together traditional media with original YouTube videos (and YouTube Red content) for a novel experience. Today, YouTube unveiled YouTube TV at an event […]

USB tuners on Android TV allow users to watch over-the-air channels and even record them locally to watch them later. The feature should be included in the firmware for Android TVs running version 7.0 and up, but when the NVIDIA Shield TV received the update last month USB tuner support was notably not available yet. […]

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 […]

TvHeadend, “a TV streaming server and recorder for Linux, FreeBSD and Android”, is a way for you to stream various video sources to this software and then to your other devices. It is similar to the HDHomeRun in some ways, giving you access to various types of media tuners. With a recently published app on […]

Pluto TV, an app that shows hundreds of channels based on careful curation from a variety of sources, has recently received a big update. One of the hallmark features is the inclusion of new channels, and we’ll be taking a look at all of them in this article. One of Pluto TV’s big features is […]

If you have a Nexus Player, then you can hook up a USB tuner and antenna. This will turn your device into a cordcutting box, able to stream over-the-air signals as well as record this media using the DVR functionality. How does it work? We take a look in this hands-on article. Since the Nexus […]

The Live Channels app has been updated yesterday to include a DVR activity and a user interface for recording. How do these things work? We take a deep dive into this new API and user experience using a hastily thrown together app. The app integrates YouTube videos into Live Channels to play them as you’d […]

Live Channels is Android TV’s “killer app”, seamlessly blending live TV with app-based channels in a singular UI with DVR capabilities coming soon. It represents the new age of media where anyone can become a media mogul just by creating content. The barrier to entry is lower than ever before. If you have just started […]

My Live Channels app, Cumulus TV, has been slowly accruing a number of feature requests on its issue tracker. Many people have been asking for EPG (electronic program guide) support as well as more customization. Personally I have desired to reduce the number of crashes that exist in the app as well as make the […]

TVHeadend is a server that a user can set up in their home to stream and recording TV channels. Basically, it’s the perfect type of device to integrate with Android TV’s Live Channels app. It’s something that many users have been wanting to see for a while, and a public beta is now available for […]

PuppetMaster.TV, the app trying to take on Kodi, has just received a recent update that further separates it and takes more advantage of Android TV’s unique feature set. Now, live streams from puppets (this app’s name for plugins) will show up in the Live Channels app as a source, allowing users to add them and […]

Live Channels is a way users can triage live channels over-the-air or from a cable box with any third-party app. You can watch Fox right next to Haystack TV, or watch your local public broadcasting in a PiP while you play a game. It’s a beautiful app and a great set of APIs for media […]

HDHomeRun has become a great way to watch cable channels through Android TV’s Live Channels app, and they’ve received good reviews by us in the past. Yet it’s only supported streaming and not full recording. The ability to have a DVR in Android TV would greatly add value to the platform, and it’s something that […]

Haystack TV is an “award-winning app” that fuses headline news based on user-specified interests for free. With some quick setup, users can watch political news, sports news, entertainment news, technology news, and more from a number of sources. It’s a smarter type of cable news, where it will show news you care about instead of […]

Bloomberg L.P. is a company founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981. In addition to providing software services like analytics to finance firms, it has also become a major media outlet for reporting and discussion current events in the global financial market (and things in general). This includes online news, radio, and TV. Having this multimedia […]

Some users last night started to report an apparent server-side change to the Live Channels app that now adds an icon to the Google Play Store. There hasn’t been an update to the app and this icon now shows up for some users. Google+ user Ed R posted these photos which show this new option […]

Over the weekend Android TV’s Live Channels app received an update. In addition to likely bug fixes, there are a few changes to the interface to make it simpler and explain more about what Live Channels can do. New Channels Previously, when new channels were available, there would be a small card that would appear […]

Live Channels is an app made by Google which allows third-party developers to create their own input services. This can be done using Google’s TvInputFramework, and simplified further with my open source ChannelSurfer library. This triage of channels works fairly well at providing users an ample amount of high-quality content. However, users have continued to […]

One of Android TV’s killer features is Live Channels. As I’ve written before, channel surfing is a very enticing opportunity for content creators to show what they’ve made, but it’s something that has always been just for cable companies and TV networks. The Live Channels app gives developers the opportunity to build their own streams […]

Introduction Voice Commands have been evolving into an exciting part of the “smart” feature set and this includes smart TV devices. It is no secret that Google’s ultimate goal is to create a Star Trek “Computer” like experience. Although we are not quite there yet, the Voice Commands on Android TV can actually be surprisingly […]