Google just unveiled one of the first updates to its TV platform in a long time, though we’re still waiting on some significant features to appear. Favorite Channels are now available for some services in Google TV’s Live tab.
There are various content tabs on the Google TV home page, and Live gathers the guides from YouTube TV, Sling, and other live providers in one location. For cord cutters, this feature is incredibly helpful.
Favorite Channels will now be supported on Google TV Live starting this week. Users will be able to sort channels based on what they truly want to watch instead of just going with the pre-set arrangement thanks to this new functionality. As Google TV currently displays live channels grouped by service, users who subscribe to many services may have to browse for quite some time to discover particular channels. This change also implies that channels from other services can be reconfigured.
How exactly does this function? Favorite Channels will bring a little visual update by incorporating a favorites section into the Live tab. Although we haven’t seen it in action yet, we anticipate that Google TV will remember whether you most recently used the favorites or all area and fall back on that setting.
Google TV will display a star icon next to each channel name so that you can add new channels to your favorites. You can add channels to the guide by clicking on their names as you scroll through it, as shown below. By clicking on the channel name a second time, you can also delete channels from the favorites list.
Favorite Channels are rolling out to Google TV devices starting today and will continue throughout the month, a representative of Google who was speaking on the company’s behalf told 9to5Google.