Android TV application provides to end-users the possibility to watch live streaming (Channels menu option) or video on demand (Movies menu option).
To watch live streaming a user should choose Channels option and press ‘OK’:
After that, the Channels screen will open. In the left part of the Channels screen, a list of channel categories is displayed, in the middle part, a list of channels that belong to a chosen category appears. And, correspondingly, in the right column, an Electronic Guide Program (EPG) of a chosen channel is shown. On the EPG the program currently playing in marked by yellow font color and a ‘LIVE’ icon. If for the currently playing channel archive is available, then the archived programs will be marked with a video camera icon.
As categories list, channels list and EPG information are sent to the application by the Middleware, a situation when a channel is displayed without TV programs guide is quite possible:
To choose a channel to watch a user should firstly select a category by ‘UP’ and ‘DOWN’ arrow keys. The selected category will be highlighted. Then, to move to the channels list, a user should press the ‘RIGHT’ arrow key. To choose a concrete channel a user should again use vertical navigation on the channels list. When a user will press ‘OK’ on a chosen channel, live streaming will start.
To choose an archive program to watch, a user should navigate to TV programs list by pressing ‘RIGHT’ navigation key on the remote. On the programs list, they should navigate using ‘UP’ and ‘DOWN’ navigation keys. When they choose one of the programs marked with a video camera icon and press ‘OK’ button on the remote, the program will start playing.
Note: When timeshift is set for a user, then some TV programs are available ‘in future’ – after the one marked ‘LIVE’, for the hours depending on timeshift settings.
To watch video on demand, a user should choose ‘Movies’ option on the main menu screen and press ‘OK’ on the remote.
When the movies screen will be opened, on the left side the list of movies categories will be shown, on the right side – a ‘carousel’ with posters of the movies’ that belong to a highlighted category.
To navigate through the movies in the category a user should firstly press ‘RIGHT’ arrow key (to move from the categories list to the ‘carousel’) and then use ‘RIGHT’ and ‘LEFT’ arrow keys to navigate through the available movies. When a movie has a focus on it, its poster is highlighted by a white frame. Also, the movie’s description will appear below the carousel.
Then a user should press ‘OK’ on a chosen video and it will start playing.