Google has unveiled a new Google TV,media reported. The name refers to the new Chromecast with Google TV, which combines streaming services, live TV (via YouTube TV) and other Google products to create a simple interface.
In a sense, the new Google TV, similar to the one-stop service offered by Apple and Amazon, will completely replace cable TV. The platform is understood to be working with a number of top streaming services, including Disney Plus, france.tv, HBO Max, Netflix, Rakuten Viki and, of course, YouTube and NBC’s upcoming Peacock.
In the U.S., those with YouTube TV memberships can watch Live TV content. The service(which is, admittedly expensive, costs $65 a month) offers 85 live channels, including networks, CNN, ESPN and Nickleodeon, that can be viewed with a Live tab. The company will also add additional live TV providers.
The real secret weapon here, however, seems to be the potential search intelligence that underlys Google’s features. Here are the new features the company discussed in a blog post:
To do this, we looked at the different ways people find media — from searching for specific titles to browsing by type — and created an experience that helps you and what you want to see. We’ve also made improvements to Google’s Knowledge Graph, which is about how we understand and organize your media to themes and types, from space travel movies to cooking reality shows. You’ll also see popular titles for Google searches, so you can always find some timely and relevant titles.
Users can search for specific recommendations by voice. They can also use Assistant to get weather, score sports events, and watch their security cameras through compatible products. The fact that the Android TV-based system means that Google TV was compatible with 6,500 apps when it was released and supports the company’s own streaming gaming platform, Stadia. When not in use, Ambient mode displays a Google Photos slide on the screen.