Google TV is about to get a massive upgrade in the form of its own live content. While it’s unclear when the service will be available, new information sheds light on what types of channels will be available when it does.
Once again, 9to5Google worked its magic by parsing a newly released APK of the Google TV app downloaded directly from the Google Play Store. By decompiling the APK, it found a line stating that there would be 50 entertainment channels. The line reads: “Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without having to subscribe, sign up, or download.” While the 50 channel bit is important, the last point about not having to “subscribe, sign up or download” is the real gem. This piece of the puzzle indicates that the upcoming service will be different from what is now available on Google TV.
To view content on Google TV, users currently need to sign up and download apps for their preferred carriers. Since the uncovered line states that no download or sign up is required, we can conclude that the 50 channel offering will be completely different from what is currently on the platform. As if that weren’t enough, the launcher includes references to “Google TV channels.”
Additionally, the app description tells about the types of content that will be available at launch, with the service offering “news, sports, movies, and shows.” Fortunately, we don’t have to guess what kind of shows there are, as there is also an image in the app that shows about 30 channels that will be available. You can check out the image above and see if you recognize any of your favorites. Again, it’s unknown when this service will go live, but for now, current Google TV users will have to rely on supported services like Pluto TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Philo.
What do you think of the new upcoming live channels? Does something appeal to you?