Google recently updated their Google TV, to include “in your face” supposedly recommendations.
I don’t mind recommendations if…:
a/ they are useful (i.e. I don’t see how kid shows are something I’d be interested in; and Google has no idea Ila exists, and she’s at least 2-3 years too young to watch those shows anyway).
b/ the recommendations would be for apps and subscriptions I actually have. Don’t recommend me something on Amazon Prime if I don’t have Amazon Prime installed, nor an active subscription. Idem dito for Disney+.
Google had recommendations before but at the bottom of the app list. It was not so much in your face. Now it’s all the way on top and I need to click 2x down on the remote before getting access to the apps (Netflix, Kodi, Youtube, etc).
So far the best method I found was to enable your Google TV in apps-only mode. It turns off ALL recommendations (so your home screen becomes rather bare; but at least less clicking). Note that the article doesn’t mention rebooting the device; but I had to restart it to get rid of all the
Turn on Apps only mode: 1. On a Google TV device, from the home screen, scroll to your profile. 2. Select Settings. 3. Select Accounts & Sign In. 4. Select your profile. 5. Select Apps only mode and then Continue. 7. Reboot the device