The Google TV app is coming to Europe. Belgium, among other countries, will get an alternative to Play Movies & TV, but the Netherlands has not yet.
Read on after the announcement.
Google TV to Belgium
Google will launch the Google TV app in 14 new countries in the coming weeks. This includes Belgium, but not the Netherlands yet. Striking, because the new technology is not being launched in this way for the first time in the southern neighbors.
Google TV is also coming to France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. It is not clear why the Netherlands is not among them yet.
Google TV replaces the Play Movies & TV app on Android. Via Google TV, you can not only watch the movies and series offered by Google through its store but you can also watch the content of other streaming services like Netflix.
What is completely new is that the Google TV app will have a remote control function. This allows you to control the TV via your smartphone. For example, you can switch to another streaming service, control the volume, and call up the Google Assistant. The TV can even be operated via the app, so you don’t need an extra remote control.
Google TV and the new Chromecast
Google TV is also used as software for the latest Chromecast. Since the Google TV app is not yet available in the Netherlands, the new Chromecast is not. It is not yet clear if the new Chromecast will be available soon in Belgium.
If you bought your new Chromecast via an unofficial route, the system can also be used in the Netherlands with most Dutch apps. However, not everything works correctly. For example, the smart content suggestions for each streaming service are not working yet. Learn more about the new Chromecast in our Chromecast 2020 review.