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# 201759 2-Sep-2016 10:24
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Just want to know if this is in the works?


anyone from fanpass care to chime in?




So alot of people have apple tv 4th gen and samsung tvs, so they are covered,




but there is a bucket load of android tv devices like sony tvs and nvidia shield and nexus player and xiomei tv that all dont have fanpass?




can i ask if you guys are looking into it?


yes the google cast api is built in to android tv so i could just cast but a native app would be nice too.





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  # 1640579 26-Sep-2016 12:11
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I just bought a Philips Android tv (55PUT6800 with Lollipop 5.1) and was hoping I'd be able to install the likes of Fanpass (3Now, TNVZ on Demand, Livestream, etc) directly on it. Had discussed this with the sales people and they indicated this was the way to go, essentially being a "1-stop shop" for all the online streaming, as opposed to using other Smart tv's where you can only install apps from their own store.


Google Play Store shows these apps as being incompatible for the tv, but then it also says this for my Asus tablet, where I had successfully side loaded these apps. I tried side loading using ES File explorer and they appear to install correctly. However, when you launch them also using ES File explorer they all display sideways - the apps don't show in the menu as pre-installed apps do.


This post shows similar issues with Lightbox, though it sounds like there is a new compatible app. As suggested, I installed HALaucher which does change the orientation, but the apps don't reliably respond to the tv remote navigation (some get movement using left/right/up/down options, others don't). Can't get anything useful out of them. Any ideas from anyone? I'm guessing there's not much to be done until if/when a Android tv version is released.


Chrome casting would be an option, but really can't see much advantage in doing that over connecting a tablet/laptop up to the tv via HDMI cable as I used to using a non-smart tv.


The tv has Hbbtv so should be able to use Freeviewplus for the equivalent of 3Now and TVNZ on demand, but haven't delved into that yet. Hopefully will look at that tonight.






edit: added Freeviewplus comment


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  # 1646417 6-Oct-2016 10:22
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I have 2 Shield TV boxes at home for our entertainment and gaming needs. As much as it would be nice to have all the NZ based apps available on Android TV it seems that our content distributors are not interested in reaching the largest audience by developing apps for all devices. The development can be time consuming and costly, although I have seen posts about Android TV development taking 2 hours to implement the basics for launcher and control compatibility if you have a working Android app.


As a side note, app cloner is a great app for enabling Android TV launcher compatibility. I have used it on most NZ apps and they install and start fine in landscape. Use a mouse to navigate the running apps once started.


I think it will be a long time before we get legit apps from the store, in the meantime my family viewing habits are from more and more sources not in NZ. In fact my kids probably watch recorded NZ TV once a week, they are all youtube these days. I am very interested to see what the kids will be watching in 10-15 years when they have their own devices and (hopefully) money.



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