Android TV is getting three new functions from Google TV, and all of them are collectively geared toward making content easier to find for users.
The first of the three essential functions is a Watchlist — we’ve seen a similar feature on other Google platforms like Search and the Google TV app, and it’s finally available for Android TV users. This feature will allow users to keep track of TV shows and movies that they want to potentially watch later. To add shows, movies, or more to the list, long-press them from the Discover tab, then pick the “Add to Watchlist” option.
Google has also gone ahead and added a row to the Discover tab that permits quick access to the present content. Additionally, a new card within the Discover tab will let users gain access to the new feature. After you tap the card, you’ll then click left or right to dislike or just like the content that has been presented to them.
According to Google, once you’re done, your Discover tab will update with recommendations that will be fine-tuned. Users will access the feature by heading to Settings > Device > Preferences > Home Screen > Content Preferences.
Last but not least, Android TV users are also getting access to auto-playing trailers on a movie or show’s details page. You can, of course, switch this off by heading to Settings > Device Preferences > Home Screen > toggle off Enable video previews.
However, for those that want to stay the feature on, Google believes that this feature will deliver a more cinematic experience.
For those wondering when these features will roll bent Android TV, Google has confirmed that you simply can expect the new Watchlist recommendation tweaking tool and refreshed details page to roll out in the week.