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Google TV is about to add free live TV to its listings

According to reports, 50 free live TV channels are on the way.

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We first heard about Google TV adding ad-supported free channels last year. Now, 9to5Google reports they found a channel list inside the code of the Google TV app.

The outlet decompiled the latest Android TV Launcher app to find the list. On it were many free, ad-supported channels, from news to movies.

This could be a list of existing channels, except for snippets of text they also found. Specifically, the line “Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without the need to subscribe, sign-up, or download.”

That’s different from how channel integrations work currently, as those need you to download a new app.

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Image: Google TV via 9to5Google

They also found a new graphic in the app, with over 30 channels from the upcoming free-to-watch options. That’s not the full 50 referenced elsewhere, so maybe some deals aren’t quite done.

Here’s the list of channels with free-to-watch options:

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

That’s still a healthy content list, and more importantly, they’re all referenced as “Google TV Channels.” That means no app downloads, no other subscriptions, just Android TV.

Think of it as the free-to-air channels you used to be stuck with without a cable subscription; for the streaming age.

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