Google TV is Going to Add Free Live TV

Want to hear something cool on this beautiful Friday? Your TV might soon get free live TV. Yeah, seriously.

has apparently been building out live TV into the Google TV platform for some time, but only recently has evidence arrived suggesting it may be around the corner. The evidence also reveals that Google plans to start with 50 channels, none of which you’ll have to pay for.

The report comes from a look inside the code of a recently updated TV launcher app by 9to5, who found the full list of TV channels as well as promo text to inform users of the new freebie.

Should launch this soon, you could see a “Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without the need to subscribe, sign-up, or download,” message. The most important parts there surround that section about no “need to subscribe, sign-up, or download.” The idea is that Google TV will feature these free channels, likely with the “Live” tab in the Google TV UI. This is currently where your YouTube TV, Pluto TV, or Philo subscriptions live, assuming you are a subscriber.

As for the 50 TV channels, the full list can be found below.

TV Free Live Channels List

ABC News Live
America’s Test Kitchen
American Classics
The Asylum
Battery Pop
CBC News
Deal or No Deal
Divorce Court
Dry Bar Comedy
Filmrise Free Movies
Hallmark Movies & More
It’s Showtime at the Apollo!
Kevin Hart’s LOL! Network
Love Nature
Maverick Black Cinema
Nature Vision
NBC News Now
Newsmax TV
The Pet Collective
Power Nation
Today All Day
Toon Goggles
USA Today
World Poker Tour
Wu Tang Collection TV
Xumo Crime TV
Xumo Movies
Xumo Westerns

Confused at this idea? This isn’t a new feature for the world of TV. In fact, offers Samsung TV Plus to its smart TV owners for free, with a list of 200+ channels. The content is all free to view with advertisements and is more than likely a similar style of offering that will do here.

This feature has not yet been announced by Google, but it sure seems like we’re getting close.


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