Google TV Makes It Easier To Access Recent Live Channels And Local News Channels

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A new Google TV update makes it easier for users to access recently viewed live channels and local news channels. The update also adds some new free channels and looks to further improve performance in general.

In terms of easier navigation, Google has introduced two new categories to the Google TV Live section. The first, Recents, is exactly what it sounds like – a section where users will find the free TV channels they’ve recently watched.

The other new category is Local news. Once again, this is fairly self-explanatory as the new category makes it easier for users to discover and access the free news channels available in their area. Further adding to the local news experience, a new Free live news & opinion row on can also now be found in the For you tab.

We actually noticed the addition of the Free live news & opinion row last week when it became clear Google had added a new interactive advent calendar to Google TV, so this is one change others users may have already noticed.

Outside of the two new categories, Google has added 14 new free channels, including the Xumo Holiday Movie Channel, DraftKings, and Speedvision FAST channels.

The latest update also looks to improve speed and performance in general. Google has optimized the way the Home screen loads recommendation rows and uses memory, while also simplifying basic system apps to run lighter. The combined result, according to Google, is a smoother and faster experience.

To further improve the experience, Google also explained it has improved response speed by preloading rows, optimizing tab loading, and delivering faster search results. The size of unused preinstalled apps has also been reduced, in a bid to further free up storage space on Google TV devices

John Finn
John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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