Google TV adds user profiles, watchlists and improved ‘ambient mode’ – TechCrunch

Google TV adds several user profiles to allow each member of a household to access their own personalized space with their Google account. Google says that with personalized profiles, users will get recommendations of TV shows and movies tailored just for them, easy access to their personal watchlists, and help from their Google Assistant.

The search giant explained in a blog post that when users watch TV, their profile takes into account their interests and preferences to help them discover more content than they are likely to enjoy. Parents can also create a child profile to allow their children to access movies and shows under their supervision. Each Google account has its own watchlist so that the content you want to watch later appears in your own profile and remains separate from other users’ lists.

Google also notes that you can “ask for recommendations by saying, what should I watch?” Or get help streamlining your day by saying ‘show me my day’. Your profile is linked to your Google Assistant in your account, so you’ll get the personalized answers you’re looking for. “

The company claims that it’s easy to set up a new profile because your downloaded apps and app login details will be used across all profiles, so you won’t have to start from scratch every time you set up a new one. profile.

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Google also said it was making its “Ambient Mode” screensaver-like feature more useful by adding more personalized information and recommendation cards. For example, your TV will now keep you updated with information based on your profile on things like weather, news, sports, etc. Users will be able to scroll through onscreen shortcuts to do things like quickly view photos or start playing music. If users are away for a longer period of time, their TV will switch entirely to ambient mode photos or artwork.

Google TV has also expanded its live TV options with the integration of the Philo streaming service into its live TV functionality, in addition to YouTube TV and SLING TV. Users who add Philo as a live TV provider will see their shows in the Live TV tab and their recommendations.

Support for profiles and new ambient mode features will soon begin rolling out to Chromecast with Google TV and Google TV from Sony and TCL. Profiles will be available worldwide, while Ambient Mode maps will first be available in the US only.

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