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15 Cable Cutting Tips for the New Chromecast with Google TV



The new Chromecast with Google TV is essentially an attempt to simplify streaming. Rather than just presenting you with an app launcher for streaming services, the $ 50 streaming dongle attempts to group each service’s movies and TV shows into one easy-to-use menu.

In addition to that smooth veneer, you’ll also find plenty of powerful features to help you get the most out of your TV. Here are 15 ways to make your Chromecast even more useful with Google TV:

Select your streaming services

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During setup, you should have a question about which streaming services you are using. The choices you then make will determine which services recommend content to display on the Google TV home screen. If you need to add or remove services later, go to Settings> Accounts & Sign In> [Your Account] > Your services.

Add to your watchlist

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One of the best features of Google TV is its universal watchlist, which allows you to keep track of movies and shows across many different streaming services. After selecting a show on the Chromecast with the Google TV home screen, click the “Watch List” button. Your selection will be displayed in a line “From Your Watch List” on the home screen and under the “Library” tab.

Manage your watch list remotely

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You can add items to your watchlist even when you are not in front of the TV. Just do a Google search for a movie or show, then click the “Watch List” button under the program list. (This is shown in a right sidebar on the desktop version of Google or under the search bar on mobile.) You can also search for “My Watchlist” to see what you’ve already added.

Alternatively, you can use the Google TV app for Android (and in the future for iOS). From there, you can search for any movie or show and add it to your watchlist.

Rearrange the app row

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To rearrange the order of the apps in the “Your Apps” row on the Google TV home screen, long-press any app and select “Move”. Use the arrow keys to move the app, then press the select key to drop it.

To change which apps are shown on the home screen, scroll to the end of the line and select “Show All”. From here, you can long press any app and select “Move” to rearrange it. The top 12 apps are shown on the home screen without hitting the “Show All” button.




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