How to Watch Reddit Videos on Your Nexus Player
Reddit is one of the internet's greatest sources of funny and interesting videos. Its user base is extremely active, and a system of upvotes and downvotes ensures that the best content always rises to the top.
Up until now, the best way to watch Reddit videos on your Nexus Player has been to install a good Reddit client on your smartphone, then cast the content over to your big screen. When you think about it, though, that's the same experience you would get with a $35 Chromecast, which is quite a letdown considering how powerful the Android TV platform can be.
As a Redditor and Nexus Player owner, developer Justin Ghan recognized this problem, and set about creating the first Reddit client made specifically for Android TV. The end result of his work is an app that makes it incredibly easy to browse Reddit videos and discover awesome content on your Nexus Player.
Ghan's app is called HopWatch for reddit, and the full version is available on the Google Play Store for $0.99. To get the app installed on your Nexus Player, simply log into your Google account from any web browser, then head to the HopWatch install page at this link. After purchasing the app, make sure to select your Nexus Player from the drop-down menu before clicking the "Continue" button.
If you'd rather give the app a try before you buy it, the developer has been kind enough to offer us a trial version. This version will expire on April 8th 2015, at which point you'll need to purchase the app to continue using it.
To install the trial version, your Nexus Player will need to be set up for sideloading apps. For more on that topic, see my full guide at this link.
With that taken care of, you can download the trial APK at this link. Simply transfer the file to your Nexus Player, then launch it to install the app.
HopWatch is incredibly easy to use, and doesn't require any setup before you can jump in and start watching great videos. By default, the developer has included a handful of popular video-related subreddits, and each of these gets its own row in the interface.
Subreddit rows that are sortable will have a red icon at the beginning of the list. Simply click this icon to change the sorting method from "Hot" to "Top - Day," "Top - Week," and so on.
For the time being, HopWatch is limited to Reddit videos that are hosted on YouTube, but playing a video is as simple as clicking any entry in the lists.
When you launch a video, you'll get a handy toast message that shows the title of the corresponding post on Reddit. This helps provide context, and it allows you to read the entire title when portions are cut off in the thumbnail view.
To customize your HopWatch experience, scroll down to the "Actions" section at the bottom of the app and click "Customize Rows."
From here, you can reorder or delete subreddit listings by using the up and down arrows and the delete button.
To add a new subreddit, start by clicking the "+" button at the bottom of the screen.
This will add another "/R/VIDEOS" entry to the bottom of the list. Click the subreddit name in this new entry to change it.
From here, use the on-screen keyboard to enter the name of your favorite subreddit. Keep in mind that only subreddits which contain YouTube submissions will display any content.
This is one of those apps that truly showcases Android TV's capabilities as a platform, and I'm happy to see that creative development such as this has finally started to roll in for the Nexus Player.