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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ChromeCasts let you share video and audio from your phone to your TV, but what about everything else? Websites and apps and other types of content? That’s something that is being considered in a new app called AirShare. However, despite its lofty promises, I personally found the experience to be frustrating and not very useful. […]

TGIF! This last day of Google I/O will continue to hold sessions focusing around the living room, and Nick will continue to nurse his sunburned limbs. Nick FelkerNick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he’s not studying, he is a software […]

On Android TV, developers can create their own TV channels by developing a TvInputService that interfaces with the Live Channels app. We have covered a number of Live Channel updates and also have a running list of Live Channels. Although the feature has been around for about the past year, only a small number of […]

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 […]

Good news everybody! everyone’s favorite public broadcaster has plans to make a round the clock live channel titled “PBS Kids stream” available for kids this year (2016). Along with Android TV it’s also making its way to the following: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, Chromecast and your Phone/Tablet. Users of the current PBS […]

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 Live Channels is an exciting app that we have mentioned many times here at Android TV News. For those who have never heard of it before, it is a system app by Google that attempts to compile all of your live video sources into one traditional, channel-surfing interface. Smart TVs and content on demand […]

Android TV apps have gotten a handful of improvements this week, with bug fixes and optimizations. Additionally, there have been some small front-facing improvements as well. The Leanback Launcher lets you rearrange items on screen. Now Live Channels have been updated. There are not a lot of noticable changes, but the biggest is the Live […]

Like Android TV, Sling TV is attempting to drag traditional entertainment kicking and screaming into the 21st century. Sling TV does its part by flipping the conventional cable model on its head. Instead of lumbering, expensive, closed experiences with long contracts, Sling affordably offers your favorite cable channels on the device of your choice and […]

DVBLink bills itself as “your very personal TV server”. You can use a small device, such as a Raspberry Pi, and provide a channel feed from many different sources. You can record videos, or just use it to stream live TV from your server to any other device through the Internet. It works in a […]

SiliconDust has not developed or released a single Android TV device. But, their lineup of network connected tuners are so important to Android TV users (especially the cord-cutters among us) that I have decided to go in-depth with their HDHomeRun products. What is a Network Connected Tuner? A network connected tuner is a device that […]

On Thanksgiving, as I flipped through TV channels with my family, we came across something spectacular. The TV channel Destination America was airing Railroad Alaska Real Time Ride, which is literally five hours of a train’s dashcam. It is 130 miles through the Alaskan tundra. Most of the time, there is nothing interesting to see: […]

Tor Helge Kristiansen (EVP Principle Architect, Conax) sat down in an interview with  IP&TV News recently before he spoke this week at the OTTtv World Summit running till the 12th of this month in London. When asked “How disruptive do you expect Android TV to ultimately prove? Is it going to be a game changer?” he […]

Preface Google has attempted to invade the living room for a second time with Android TV. As much as my fellow cord cutters and I fight it, traditional broadcast TV in the living room is still king with the general population. It is my belief that integrating all of your media consumption sources in one […]

There aren’t too many apps that plug into Android TV’s Live Channels app, and one of the most popular is Pluto TV. They package Internet videos into a classic TV guide and channels interface. When you first install the app and set it up, you’ll see a lot of channels. Now you’ll see even more. […]