In an age where everything from your doorbell to your thermostat is smart, why shouldn’t your TV be smarter? Conventional Smart TV manufacturers are already facing intense competition from each other. But the recent emergence of even smarter options has changed the dynamics of the market.
One good example is the popular Android TV. As the name indicates, it is a TV that runs on an Android operating system. That means not only can you view entertainment content, but you can also download several useful apps ranging from the Spectrum TV Gold application to AirScreen. Read on to find out the best apps you should install on your Android TV to enhance your viewing experience.
#1 MX Player To Play Internal and External Files
Longtime Android users will be familiar with MX Player. It is popularly regarded as one of the best video players on Android, period. The Android TV version is a great adaptation of the original app. It has virtually the same functions as the more common one on Google Play Store for smartphones and tablets. The player supports a vast range of codecs and file formats. It has subtitle support as well as an intuitive and easy-to-use interface designed for Android TV. The best part is, MX Player can access and play both locally stored files as well as those on an external drive. So all you have to do is connect the external drive to your Android TV to enjoy audio and video content.
#2 Netflix For The Best On-Demand Content
Netflix needs no introduction unless you’ve been trapped in a collapsed coal mine for 2 decades. The on-demand video streaming giant has grown immensely over the years. It ushered in a new era of transformation in terms of entertainment delivery. Netflix offers one of the largest selections of TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more. The best part? All you need is a subscription and an internet service to use it. Your Android TV supports the Netflix app. That means you just have to locate it in the Play Store and download it. Once installed, sign in and enjoy seamless entertainment.
#3 Plex To Cast Your Personal Collection To Any Screen
Many people already own an extensive library of movies and TV shows. The problem comes with the clunky way you have to access these files to play them on a bigger screen. Often, you’re restricted to playing them on the same device they are stored on. But not anymore, thanks to Plex. The Plex application can access and consolidate your personal digital library in one convenient place. All you have to do is download the app onto your Android TV to access them. But as an added feature, Plex allows you to cast these files onto other screens in your home as well. If you’re in your home, you’ll be able to access your library from virtually any device.
#4 AirScreen So iPhone Users Don’t Feel Left Out
Die-hard Android users are ready to fight you on the topic of the best operating system. But the fact remains that many people may own devices with another OS. Apple’s iOS software is on-par with Android in terms of popularity and usability. But since it uses a very different OS, an Apple device is not natively compatible with an Android TV. But that doesn’t mean you have to give away your Android TV and buy an Apple TV instead. Android is all about customizable solutions, and AirScreen is a great example. The third-part app acts as a bridge between your iOS device and your Android TV. AirScreen will let you mirror your iPhone or iPad, and is also compatible with hardware like Miracast or Chromecast.
#5 Spotify To Stream Music Right From Your TV
Spotify is to music streaming what Netflix is to video entertainment streaming. The music-streaming platform has broken through global barriers. Today it is one of the most recognized and credible music platforms. It offers users ways to access music that benefit the musicians, the record labels, and the rest of the ecosystem. You may already have it installed on your smartphone.
Android TV has a slimmed-down version of the Google Play Store on your smartphone or tablet. But it still contains the Spotify app. With a simple download, you can start streaming your music directly on your TV. If you have a premium account, you don’t even have to worry about ads interrupting your experience. A great app to have when throwing a shindig at home or even a romantic date night.