After you recently provided support for the Sony Android TV platoform, are you able to check with your teams if you have any plans to support the Humax Aura 4K DVR with Android TV?
You aren’t talking to NowTV here, just to its customers. Though somebody from NowTV might happen along, you can’t rely on that.
But as I understand Android TV, if an app is in the Store for one Android TV device, then it’s in the Store for every Android TV device; that’s the beauty of it.
So the Android TV NowTV app doesn’t work just on Sony TVs, but will work right now on Philips Android TVs; and on the Aura, when it arrives.
As will Netflix, the total absence of which from any Aura marketing material has led several people to erroneously conclude that the Aura won’t have it. It’s certainly strange it isn’t mentioned, so there’s something going on; but unless the Aura actively declines to download it (and why would it shoot itself in the foot like that?) it can, and will have Netflix, even if not preloaded.
Thank you for your reply, I have seen in the past NowTV staff reply so i thought i'd try and ask anyway.
So you'd hope that was the case, but they're not available on my older Sony because of the OS version, also I have seen posts that the NowTV app is also not available via the nVidia Android TV devices despite their OS.
There are also other apps like 'YouView' which are specifically restricted to Sony TVs, so it is unfortunately not as simple as it may seem, but I appreciate your response in any case.
I have also reached out to Humax support, so if I get a reply from them, then I'll post their response here in case it helps others.
It seems that the Android TV app is locked to Sony TV's at the moment. Someone in the thread has decoded the app which does a device check with Sky servers and if it's not a Sony TV it won't open.
That's not to say it won't work in the future but for the time being it will only work on Sony TV's.
The long-term problem with the Google Play Store and the Google TV Play Store has been much discussed in the Sony Community Android TV section - the TV apps are optimised and modified to be controlled by a TV-type Remote, the ordinary Play ones expect touch or a keyboard or a mouse; and those who have circumvented Sony’s restrictions by sideloading Play Store apps report mixed success.
We must wait and see if the Aura goes for maximum flexibility, or endeavours to avoid potential user UI dissatisfaction.
That seems to fly in the face of everything that Google stand for, and I am surprised they would stand for that. What price an open platform? But if Sony chipped in for the development, I suppose they are entitled...
Sets an ugly precedent, though.
I had the following response from Humax support today, looks positive!
Good Morning xxxx.
Thank you for contacting Humax, I'm happy to say that the full NowTV application is supported on our device.
Humax Customer Support