Wouldn’t it be great if you could get free TV channels without downloading an app or signing up for a new service? Well, you might get that soon if you are a Google TV user, 9to5Google has decompiled the latest version of the software and reports The company’s TV streaming platform (officially Android TV) has a script that hints at 50 live TV channels included.
The alleged new feature appears to be called “Google TV Channels” based on the text in the launcher app. There is also an image in the program indicating which channels will be included in the new service. It’s the usual assortment of free online streaming channels like ABC News Live, NBC News Now, and USA Today. There are also a bunch of background noise channels like Divorce Court, American Classics, and Deal or no Deal. You’ll also get Hallmark Movies, and enjoy the channel where a top town lawyer learns to love the simple things after falling in love with a tough baker. And you’ll get a Reelz channel where you can apparently Watching my friend play a soft-spoken cop.
Many of these channels are readily available on other free or cheap TV streaming services, including Pluto TV, Philo, and Sling TV. But these are the services you have to subscribe to, while Google is taking the approach that some TV manufacturers like LG and Samsung have with their Smart TVs – giving buyers something to watch with just a few taps of a remote control. Google’s 50 channels seem slim compared to 175 with LG channels, and over 200 with Samsung TV Plus, but you probably won’t have to buy an all-new TV or download an app to take advantage of it.