Bodily merchandise are being marketed on the ‘For You’ tab


Prefer it or not, Google TV units like the brand new Chromecast dedicate a big portion of the first view to selling new content material with large, eye-catching images of exhibits and flicks you would possibly wish to watch. However extra than simply pointing us to the newest exhibits on the companies we already subscribe to, Google has additionally used this area for straight-up advertisements, and gone as far as to characteristic theatrical movies that weren’t but accessible for streaming. Now the advertisements have one way or the other discovered a method to begin getting even worse.

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Google TV viewers on Reddit have noticed Google starting to point out advertisements for bodily merchandise on the For You tab (through 9to5Google). One reported by a Chromecast with Google TV person in India options an iPhone promotion from a brick-and-mortar Apple reseller. One other person in Canada bought a Tim Hortons advert on their Chromecast, whereas a 3rd noticed Chrysler advertisements on their Sony TV.

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Google TV has began promoting bodily merchandise

That Sony set featured Google TV branding, and helps set up that these new advertisements aren’t restricted to Google’s personal {hardware}. Thus far we have not noticed any particular experiences of such promotions on older Android TV units, however contemplating how we have seen the Google TV interface unfold, we would not put it previous Google getting these advertisements onto as many screens as attainable.

If none of this ad-expansion sounds any good to you, take coronary heart by remembering that that is nonetheless super-customizable Android we’re coping with, and you have all the time bought the choice to put in an alternate launcher in your Android TV/Google TV machine — even when it does require some setup.

All issues thought-about, the Chromecast with Google TV nonetheless ranks among the many greatest streaming units in 2023 — however after this newest growth, some customers could be giving this one a second thought.