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Netflix drags streaming TV backward, cord-cutters should take note

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When I reviewed the new Chromecast with Google TV in October, I gave it a strong recommendation in large part because it played nicely with Netflix.

In contrast to Roku players and Amazon Fire TV devices, the new Chromecast doesn’t make you jump through multiple apps just to see what you can watch. Instead, it offers its own top-level menu system for browsing the catalogs of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+, and several other streaming services. To me, this approach represents the future of streaming, and it seemed like Netflix was ready to embrace it.

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The Chromecast with Google TV Fixes YouTube TV’s Biggest Annoyance

The Live TV view on the new Chromecast with Google TV. It's showing Daytime Jeopardy.

I’ve tried pretty much every live TV streaming service out there and ultimately settled on YouTube TV many months ago. Despite recent price hikes and losing certain channels, it remains the best choice for my family’s watching habits. That said, the app itself pisses me off daily. Or at least it used to until I got the new Chromecast with Google TV.

The Issue

Join me, if you will, on a journey. A cinematic adventure. A TV journey. So here we are, hanging out on my couch—just me, you, and the thousands of other people reading this. All on one couch. This is cozy, isn’t it?

I’m flipping through the channels when we all spot Ghost Nation on the Travel Channel. But which episode is it? According to YouTube TV, it’s S2 E5: Demonic Plantation … but that’s it. There’s no episode info. There’s no synopsis. The only way to find out if it’s an episode you’ve already seen is to start watching it.

A screenshot from YouTube TV showing "The Meg" but no other infoDoes Jason Statham play Meg in this romantic comedy? I have no idea!

This. Drives. Me. Nuts.

And it’s even worse for movies. Not sure what a movie is about? There’s no way to find out. There’s just no info at all. Unless you want to look it up on your phone, of course. But c’mon, man.

YouTube TV is the only service I’ve used that has this issue, and it’s a huge oversight. I don’t know a single person who just starts watching something without reading what it’s about first. Because who wants to waste time watching something that might be stupid?

No one.

So How Does Chromecast with Google TV Fix It?

Enter the new Chromecast, which sports a dramatic new interface compared to its Android TV base. The interface itself focuses on making recommendations for things that you might want to watch across various services.

It combines your watchlist and habits to curate this list. And as useful as this is, this isn’t my favorite thing about the new Chromecast. Nope, that belongs to the Live tab.

The Live tab is essentially a guide of what’s currently on YouTube TV. (The feature will apparently integrate with third-party services at some point, too.) And if you’re a YouTube TV subscriber, it’s a huge improvement over YTTV’s native guide. Why? Because it actually gives a quick synopsis of each show or movie as you highlight it. No wondering what a movie is about or if you’ve already seen a particular episode of a show.

A screenshot show "The Meg" movie info on the Live view on ChromecastOH HEY THAT’S WHAT IT’S ABOUT HAHAHA

It’s not totally perfect, though—if the synopsis is more than a couple of sentences it gets cut off with no way to see the expanded description. But it’s still better than nothing.

It’s such a simple, elegant fix. I can’t believe that this isn’t baked into YouTube TV natively. For months this is all I’ve wanted from YouTube TV (aside from lower prices) and now that I have it, I never want to go back.

Guess I’m buying Chromecasts for every room in my house now.

Worth it.

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/58609/the-chromecast-with-google-tv-fixes-youtube-tvs-biggest-annoyance/
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How to Uninstall Apps and Games on Android TV

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It’s easy for set-top boxes to get loaded with dozens of streaming media apps. If you’re not using an app or game anymore, it’s a good idea to uninstall it to free up some storage space and potentially improve device performance. Here’s how to uninstall apps on Android TV.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/688605/how-to-uninstall-apps-and-games-on-android-tv/
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Google Chromecast (2020) hands-on: A helpful new remote and Assistant

99a90400-0297-11eb-b33e-3564995c76b1Seven years ago, Google launched the original Chromecast — a $35 HDMI dongle that you could plug into any TV to get your streaming apps on a big screen. Since then, smart TVs, gaming consoles, set top boxes and other streaming gadgets have made watc…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/new-chromecast-2020-google-tv-hands-on-assistant-remote-control-183038500.html
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How to Set Up and Use Parental Controls on Your Android TV

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Parental controls are essential for you to ensure you know exactly what your kid is watching and when they’re watching it. With these controls on your Android TV, you can easily set them up to limit your children’s’ access.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/672839/how-to-set-up-and-use-parental-controls-on-your-android-tv/
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How to Cast Your Android Screen to TV

ways-to-cast-your-android-screen.jpg If you’d rather see videos and images from your Android device on a larger screen, cast your Android screen to your TV or PC. While some of these methods require your Android device to be compatible with Miracast, these definitely aren’t the other options. So, start casting and enjoy a much bigger screen when streaming YouTube, Netflix, and other videos. 1. Chromecast Google would prefer you to use Chromecast to cast your Android screen. It is a simple way to cast your screen, even if your device isn’t Miracast compatible. Your Chromecast works as… Read more13558167.gif

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How coronavirus is speeding up a la carte cord-cutting

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When deciding to drop cable or satellite TV, there are two potential paths a cord cutter can take.

The first is to replace the cable bundle with a streaming one, using services like YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, or Sling TV. The second is to cobble together various standalone services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu, perhaps throwing in a TV antenna for good measure.

Each approach has its pros and cons, and there’s room for them to overlap. But I’ve been predicting for a while that we’ll ultimately see more people choose the latter approach. As the best content becomes available outside the bundle, the ever-increasing costs of cable channels will become too much to justify.

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Source: https://www.techhive.com/article/3543808/coronavirus-is-speeding-up-a-la-carte-cord-cutting.html#tk.rss_all
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