Moving to Google (TV and Videos)


Having being one of the few who bought movies through the Microsoft store (about 20, or so), for ease of playback on my Xbox One, I now see the error of my ways.

Parallel to this, I’ve decided to buy into the Google Home eco-system, have and just ordered a Google Home, Google Home Mini and two Google Wi-Fis, as I’ve been tempted by this for some time. This seemed to make most sense, as I moved to a Nexus 6p a year or so ago and have already bought some music through the Google Store.

Because of the above, I’ve decided that I’m going to buy/rent any future movies through Google. My question is what is the best way to get the content on my TV? I have the Xbox One, my Android phone and a Chromecast. Will a combination of these provide an ideal solution, or is there a reasonably priced other option I’m not considering?


Comments (7)

7 responses to “Moving to Google (TV and Videos)”

  1. Paul Thurrott

    There is a Google Play Movies & TV app on Roku. You can use Chromecast from your phone, of course. And as I pointed out recently, you can also use YouTube, which is available about anywhere, including Apple TV.

    • StevenLayton

      In reply to paul-thurrott:

      Read through your article, but I couldn't find the cast icon on my notification area on my Nexus 6p, running O, nor could I find any way to add it.

      However, by mistake I held down on the Google Home app on my phone, and the Cast option was there. Just enjoyed listening to Audible on my Google home using that.

      I don't know whether I've backed the right horse choosing Google over Amazon or Apple for my digital stuff, but so far, I'm more than happy.


  2. Nicholas Kathrein

    Go with the Nvidia Shield TV. It's a little pricey but packs a lot of power plus it has a great controller. You can get it from $179 or if you'd like the gaming controller also with it then $200. It's the best TV box out in my opinion and it runs Android TV.

  3. StevenLayton

    Thanks guys. I'll give the Youtube app, via the Xbox, and the Chromecast via my phone a shot first. If this doesn't work well for me, I'll look into buying a device, such as a Roku or Shield.

    When my Google Home devices around, am I able to voice a command that will play Google Movie/TV content to my Chromecast? Something like "Okay, Google, play [film name] on my TV?".

  4. StevenLayton

    Excellent, so I've setup my Google Wi-Fi and Home, and its working great. I'm going to have fun controlling my kids WiFi access with the Wi-Fi family stuff. Is it possible to play Audible through the Google Home speaker?

    (I'm sure that if I'd bought an Alexa, it'd have been easier and more streamlined).