Despite the very large success of Android on Smartphones, we cannot say that Google Play is provided as well as an application optimized for its TV version. However, there are indeed some essential services that any Android user must try to fully enjoy their connected TV. Here is our selection of the best apps for your Android TV.
Molotov TV allows you to consume television more freely with more than 30 channels (including TNT) to watch for free, live or in replay, on your Android TV.
Live monitoring makes it easy to jump back to the start of a program that has already started or record it for later viewing. There are different subscriptions to enjoy a wider choice of channels.
Molotov on Google Play
The benchmark of streaming platforms also has its dedicated application for Android TV, optimized to support 4K resolution and HDR for an ever more immersive experience.
As a reminder, Netflix is a SVOD service that offers a wide choice of series, films and documentaries, some of which are exclusive to the platform. However, you need a subscription to access it.
Netflix on Google Play
Plex is a powerful media center allowing you to read, classify and manage multimedia files (movies, photos, music…). To use it, you will need a server (computer, NAS…) and a client to download to your Android TV.
The application allows you to have access to the content that you will have previously stored in your server. With this solution, you can create your own little streaming service with the content of your choice!
Plex on Google Play
VLC Media Player
VLC is a completely free and open source multimedia player that we no longer present on PC, but which also has its Android TV application.
Its great strength is that it can read the majority of existing formats for multimedia content. The application also offers more advanced functions, such as support for subtitles (much appreciated by fans of Vostfr) and an equalizer for the sound.
VLC on Google Play
With the Steam Link app, you can play games from your Steam library on Android TV. To enjoy the experience, all you need to do is have a Bluetooth controller and connect your Android device and your computer to the same local network.
The application then takes care of streaming the games launched on your PC. As the quality of the streaming is based on your connection, we recommend that you connect your devices with an Ethernet cable instead of Wi-Fi for optimal quality.
Steam Link on Google Play
As a bonus, other apps to try
If we’ve just introduced you to the top five apps for Android TV, a few other apps may also be worth trying:
- Youtube: Google’s platform is optimized for widescreen television.
- Spotify: Listen to music directly on your TV paired with a good sound system.
- Amazon Prime Video: Catalog less imposing and diverse than Netflix, but with a few original series.
- Twitch: A video application entirely dedicated to video game streaming.
- Red Bull TV: A benchmark for extreme sport with programs in 4K, live and in replay.
What are the benefits of these applications in the end?
Contrary to what one might think, Android TV is a different system (OS) from Android for smarphtones. The applications for smartphones and tablets generally found on Google Play are therefore not always compatible.nor specifically designed for use on wide screens.
For our selection of the best applications for Android TV, we have therefore chosen to present you only optimized applications and offering an interface that adapts perfectly to the characteristics of televisions.
With the success of it, the apps are also updated regularly by their developers to allow increased compatibility with the latest versions of Android TV. To have tried in depth these different applications for our top, there is no better in the genre.
Which of these applications should you choose?
To enjoy your connected TV more freely, the winning triplet is to install Netflix, Molotov and Plex. With this selection you will have access to a very wide choice of program without undergoing the constraints of traditional television channels.
However, if you don’t want to create a Media Center between your TV and your computer with Plex, VLC Media Player to play all your multimedia files simply and directly from a USB device.