@Anonymous User no, you don't need the phone to be in your four devices, just the thing you cast to. The stream runs completely independently of the phone as well, so once you've initiated it, you can do what you want on the phone.
Just make sure to hit the cast icon before tapping the play button on what you want to watch.
@Anonymous User wrote:
It's possible it'll be introduced in the future, but I doubt it's due any time soon given you can already watch NOW TV via Google Cast on Android TV devices. There are lots of other platforms people ask for that I'm guessing we'd develop first.
I think that's a fair answer (although equally I agree I'd love to see a native Android TV app), there's still the issue that Google Cast on Android TV devices only currently seems to work on the Nexus Player, not the Sony or Nvidia Shield Android TV devices.
That being said, I know you've now acknowledged this issue, and are working on a solution.
The Android phone app will install and run on android tv, you just need to know how to transfer files to you tv. The problem is the tv doesn't know which way it is orintated in the selection menu and has no touch screen. Once you have selected a film every thing is fine. Not much to fix really. But why would sky fix it when they can sell you one of there own, nearly obsolete, set top boxes and dishes?
Hi, the issue here is not Sony, but that Sky have signed an exclusive agreement with LG to only allow native Now TV in their TV's. Until this agreement Sky have locked them selves out of the market, the number of forums where Now TV users have gone to the other two main players is major. I would re activate my Now TV account tomorrow if their was a native app, having 2 X Sony Android TV's I don't want add on boxes so have decided until it allows its app on android smart TV's, which as someone else said should be simple, it in fact is their already it is just blocked in the code by Sky. Once this comes to Sony and other TV's Now TV will see tens if not hundreds of thousands of users come flooding back including me!
I'm using the casting function to my Sony Android TV. Will there be a fully fledged app for it?
completely missing the killer feature of android tv which is live channels.
If now TV were to introduce a native android tv app with live channels support it would be a gamechanger.
adding in android TV support is trivial for the devs, which leads me to suggest its bureaucracy thats holding it back.
Am just about to buy Sony Bravia KDL43W80 LED HD 1080p 3D Android TV, 43" with Freeview HD and Built-In Wi-Fi, Black
Also have NowTV but would be grateful for any insight or issues I may need to consider.
TalkTalk provider and currently have TalkTalkTV and NowTV connected via two seprate HDMI cables as TalkTalk wont support NowTV possibly due to advertisment or something - tried numerus time to resolve but to now effect and just switch between output's.
Any feedback would be great especiatlly from what I am reading about Android Tv not currently supporting NowTV on Sony Bravia's.
Hi @Anonymous User,
Thanks for posting.
So with the TalkTalk box - is this a Youview box? - we do have Movies from NOW TV on Youview but Entertainment and Sports are not available.
With the Sony Bravia, I believe we can't guarantee compatibility as we can with external Chromecast devices.
In your situation the best bet might be a NOW TV box, which will work fine with your new TV has all content available. Yuo cna buy one direct from us for £14.99
NOW TV Team
Good Afternoon NowTV Team ( @Simon-J )
I would just like to link this particular thread on the Sony Community Forums to this thread.
I would like to register my interest in a NowTV app for the Sony Android based TVs, as im sure there are many others too. Hopefully with enough interest, you might find it in your hearts to add a native NowTV app.
@Anonymous User some people are able to use Cast function in the Sony Android to watch Now TV. It is worth trying but not guaranteed to work.
Another +1 for this. I hate having an android tv with a now tv box sat next to it.
It's more remotes, more confusion for the family to switch between things and not very eco friendly to have another device on. Just trialing nowtv at the moment.
Would love a native app as currently i have to have my chromcast plugged in just for NowTV which is annoying and means that i'm watching it less and less. Surely the devs can make an app easily enough if they already have an android one.