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Google Fiber TV service

July 2014 (most recent)

This release includes the following change:

  • We have improved the playlist feature you use to organize the personal music you upload to Fiber TV. Create a playlist on your computer using music playing software such as Apple iTunes or Windows Media Player, export the playlist, and upload it to your storage device along with your music.

June 2014

This release includes the following changes:

  • You can now watch instructional videos by selecting Google Fiber Basics from the Apps & More screen.

  • The Parental Controls screen was reorganized. The Other column is now on the right, and the wording has been simplified. No parental controls features were changed.

  • On the Apps & More screen, Fiber Settings is now Settings.

April 2014

Since we first introduced Google Fiber TV in 2012, we have listened to your feedback about your TV experience. We have made many improvements since then and continually look for ways to make watching TV more enjoyable.

A few months ago, we introduced a new look to the TV and, along with it, a number of new ways to find your favorite shows and movies.

Now, after slowly introducing this new look for the past half year, we are ready to bid our old look farewell and focus all of our efforts on improving the TV experience with this new look. From now on, the Light Theme will not be available at all. By focusing our efforts on the new Dark Theme, we’ll be able to continue to provide you with new and exciting features in the coming months and years.

In fact, this month, we are introducing these new features:

We hope you enjoy these updates!

February 2014

The dark theme that was introduced in a previous release is now the default look and feel for the TV user interface. You can still switch back to the light theme. However, with our next release, you will see the dark theme only.

If you decide to switch back to the light theme, you might notice that some of the features described in this help center for Google Fiber TV are different. That is because we are no longer developing features for the light theme. To take full advantage of the latest features in the current and future releases, use the dark theme.

This release also includes the following changes:

  • YouTube is now included in your Fiber TV apps.

  • A new Google Fiber network provides very brief instructional videos (one to two minutes each) about using Google Fiber!

  • A new low battery indicator provides a visible indication of when your remote control batteries need to be replaced.

We hope you enjoy these updates!

December 2013

Our previous version introduced a new look and feel to the Google Fiber TV product—the dark theme. The preview period continues for a while more, so you can try out the dark theme and compare it to the lighter theme. After the preview period, all of our customers will have the dark theme only, which is the environment in which we have concentrated all of our development efforts.

If you decide to stick with the light theme for now, you might notice that some of the features described in this help center for Google Fiber TV are different. That is because we are no longer developing features for the light theme. To take full advantage of the latest features in the current and future releases, switch to the dark theme.

This release includes the following changes:

  • Discover has been renamed On Demand.

  • Information about how long a video will be available is now in the Detailed Info screen for VOD content.

  • More has been renamed Apps & More, which now includes links to your personal photos, videos, and music, if you uploaded any personal media.

  • The Netflix app has been updated to the latest version. 

  • Channel search has been added.

  • You can switch directly to Fiber On Demand from the on-screen guide.

  • A DVR Storage Space graph has been added to the DVR manager.

  • New customization options:

    • Automatically add a number of minutes to the beginning and end of new recordings.

    • Hide channels you do not subscribe to in the on-screen guide.

    • Decide if the info bar should appear for a few moments at the bottom of the screen whenever a new show begins on the current channel. 

We hope you enjoy these changes. But if you want to return to the lighter theme during the preview period, return to the Customize screen, and select Go back to Light Theme.

October 2013

We recently released a brand spanking new look and feel to the Google Fiber TV product, which we affectionately call the "Dark theme". During the preview period, you can try out the Dark theme, and compare it to the previous lighter theme. After the preview period, all of our customers will have the Dark theme only, which is the environment in which we will concentrate our future development efforts.

With this release, we added:

  • Improvements in the readability of our on-screen guide.

  • Brighter channel numbers and better contrast with sharper text throughout.

  • A darker overall experience, so the TV does not seem so bright if you watch TV in a darkened room in the evening.

  • Genre browsing on the Discover pages, providing a new way for you to easily browse our ever-growing library of on-demand offerings.

  • Top TV Shows and Top Movies on the Discover pages, allowing you to filter the content based on your preferences at the time.

Android mobile app

September 2014 (most recent)

The September 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for Android includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the Android app.

May 2014

The May 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for Android includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the Android app.

January 2014

The January 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for Android includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the Android app.

October 2013

The October 2013 version of the Google Fiber TV app for Android includes the following changes:

  • New design and usability improvements when scheduling a recording.
     
  • Improvements in screen layout when the app is running on a phone (vs. a tablet).
     
  • Various other user interface and design improvements.
     
  • Performance improvements for streaming 

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the Android app.

iOS mobile app

September 2014 (most recent)

The September 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for iOS includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the iOS app.

May 2014

The May 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for iOS includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the iOS app.

January 2014

The January 2014 version of the Google Fiber TV app for iOS includes the following changes:

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the iOS app.

 

October 2013

The October 2013 version of the Google Fiber TV app for iOS includes the following changes:

  • The app is now available for iPhone and iPod touch in addition to iPad and iPad mini.
     
  • DVR features were redesigned and Smart Recordings were added.
     
  • Added Previous Channels list to show the last few channels watched on a screen you are controlling.
     
  • You can now control Vudu content on your TV from your mobile device.

For more information about the app features, see the Help Center page for the iOS app.