Google Search will now tell you the best shows to watch on Netflix, Hotstar and other streaming sites

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 24 Jun 2020
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Searching for things display a carousel of recommended movies and TV shows

Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLiv, Voot, Google Play Movies & TV, and YouTube are presently supported.

Google also rolled out a “Watchlist” feature where you can save shows and movies for later.

Google Search will now tell you the best shows to watch on Netflix, Hotstar and other streaming sites

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With people spending more time at home, there’s a newfound vigour in finding good TV shows and movies to watch online. People usually search online asking “What to watch” or “best movies”, going by the search volumes for the keywords on Google. It seems Google has also taken note of the rising popularity and rolled out a new feature on Google Search that lets you search for movies and shows based on genres and streaming sites.

Starting today, searching for things like “good shows to watch” or “what to watch” will show up a carousel of recommended movies and TV shows from several OTT streaming sites which includes Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, SonyLiv, Voot, Google Play Movies & TV, and YouTube.  

You can also search in Hindi, Marathi, Telegu, Kannada and English for similar recommendations in the language you prefer. Google said additional languages and streaming providers will be added later.

You can also choose to filter content based on the streaming sites you have subscribed to. An “Edit Providers” button will help you choose the platform you wish to binge on. These recommendations are personalised, according to Google, which means results will vary from one user to another.

Google also rolled out a “Watchlist” feature where you can save shows and movies for later. After searching “what to watch,” simply tap ‘Watchlist’ in the preview window for any show or film to add it to the viewing list.

Searches can also be specific like “bollywood movies in 2019” or “adventure documentaries about climbing,” and Google will filter out the best ones to watch, which is where the service will come real handy.

However, the feature doesn’t have all the popular streaming services to scan as of now. Curiously missing are Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV+. So your searches will be somewhat limited to the ones that are supported.

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