Google has quietly pushed a new update to the Google TV app, formerly known as the Google Play Movies & TV app, that sends you a notification when a TV show or movie on your watchlist becomes free to watch.
The app’s watchlist tab functions as a bookmark, allowing you to save movies and TV shows to watch later on many of the best Android phones or laptops. According to 9to5Google, the new feature is enabled by default on the Google TV app, as well as the Play Movies & TV app if you’re still using it.
You can also turn off the feature by toggling the option. To do so, go to the app’s settings and select “Update notification preferences,” where you’ll find the “Available to watch free” option.
In addition to content directly available to watch on the app, the alert also works for movies and shows available through third-party streaming services, including Discovery+, Viki, Cartoon Network, PBS Kids, and Bloomberg. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll need to connect those services to the Google TV app to receive notifications.
It’s one of the most useful features added to the app since its rebranding last year, transforming it from being just a repository of content you’ll want to watch later to a proactive system that notifies you when an item you’ve saved becomes available for free. The feature is now available in the app’s version 4.29.
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