Owners of Google TV are set to get a nice bonus in the near future, according to an app teardown from 9to5Google (opens in new tab). The streaming platform is due to get 50 free, ad-supported streaming channels for owners to flick between if they can’t find anything they want to binge on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
Breaking down the latest version of the Android TV launcher app, 9to5Google found pretty explicit evidence that Google aims for its hardware to be more competitive with the likes of Samsung TV Plus, which comes included with Samsung’s smart TVs.
“Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without the need to subscribe, sign-up, or download,” hidden text within the app reads. This is an interesting distinction from the options available at the moment, which require you to download apps. From the sounds of it, these will just be instantly available to all, even if they don’t sign in.