Google on Tuesday announced that it is introducing a new live TV experience that will allow users to browse more than 800 free TV channels across a number of providers, all available for free.
The new offering will bring in 800+ free live-streaming channels that will be organized in an easy-to-use TV guide positioned in the redesigned Google TV “Live” tab.
Together with the existing line-up of channels from Pluto TV, Google will also be integrating access to free channels from Tubi, Plex, and Haystack News directly into the Live tab over the next few weeks, which will be accessible from Google TV itself.
Further, the company is also releasing free built-in live channels from Google TV that can be viewed without downloading or launching the app.
In addition to local news and channels like NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX, users can also tune into programming from around the world that will be available in more than ten languages, including Spanish, Hindi, and Japanese.
“From breaking news to blockbuster movies and everything in between, there’s something for everyone. And with no subscriptions or fees, it’s never been easier to jump in and start watching,” Google explained in a blog post on Tuesday.
Moving to the redesigned Live tab, the company says that the new TV guide brings all the new free TV channels together, and organizes them by topic and genre for easier and faster browsing eliminating the need to jump from app to app.
Users can save their favorite channels at the top of their guide for quick and easy access next time as well as browse recommendations. Also, those who have a premium live TV subscription from YouTube TV or Sling TV, or access to over-the-air channels, can use the Live tab to view these too.
The new live TV experience is rolling out to all Google TV devices in the U.S., including Chromecast with Google TV and televisions with Google TV built in from providers such as Sony, TCL, Hisense, and Philips.
The company also added that it has plans to bring the new TV guide and free channels to eligible Android TV devices later this year.