Android TV is a smart TV platform from Google built around the Android operating system. Users can stream content to your TV via apps, both free and paid, using your internet connection. On that front, it's the same as Roku and Amazon Fire. This is an operating system for high-quality set-top boxes and smart TVs.


It is more and more very hard to put into numbers the huge number of IPTV streaming computer programs and hardware. However, the very widespread and well-known nature of IPTV makes it a bit of a moneymaking measure for some of the big names in streaming. Services like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu easily rule the market, both because of what they offer and how cheaply they offer it. And devices like the Roku, Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick serve/be controlled by people who want to soak up (like a towel) high quality streaming from a wide variety of sources. In 2015, Google decided their Chromecast simply wasn't enough. They wanted to go bigger. So, Android TV was born.

A somewhat scaled-up version of the Chromecast, Android TV allows anyone, even those without an Android device, to have access to the many streaming computer programs available on an Android's Google Play app store. However, Android TV, which is purely software, is heavily (combined different things together so they worked as one unit) into clearly stated/particular hardware devices and is not easily available for download as an individual piece of software.

With the advent of Android TV 6.0, more and more manufacturers began to produce set-top boxes and smart TVs based on the new OS. Android TV 6.0 offered out-of-the-box voice control, built-in PVR and Pip (picture in picture) functions, as well as an elaborate Lean back library that allowed operators to change the user interface.

Channel API and the TIF framework allowed developers to display content from apps directly on the Android TV start screen. Users were able to search for content in all of their apps at once.

Differences between the Android TV, AOSP, and Android TV Operator Tier

  • Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is an Android version that lacks access to Google services. Manufacturers of smart TVs and set-top boxes can change and modernize the solution as they desire, so it is large companies that choose it more often. Their resources allow them to develop apps and implement new features themselves.
  • Android TV is a comprehensive solution for smart TVs and premium set-top boxes. The system offers out-of-the-box voice control, personal recommendations, PVR, a store with more than 5000 games and apps, access to streaming services, and much more. To release a device for Android TV, manufacturers undergo mandatory Google certification.
  • The Android TV Operator Tier is a solution for operators that allows them to brand the user interface, change the boot screen, and manage user accounts, security, analytics, and billing. It helps IPTV/OTT operators save on OS development and updates while offering access to many features and regular updates.


Android TV does not restrict access to Google PlayFor this reasonthe Android system remains free--Google makes money on a community of appsSome companies choose AOSPwhere the app store is under their complete control.

Operators who have chosen Android TV have accepted the viewer's freedomBy allowing the installation of competing appsthe service provider keeps/holds control over the HDMI 1 port and the main place in the search resultsTo subscribe to Netflixthe viewer doesn't need a third-party device capable of replacing the operator's device in the future.