Google TV is expanding its homescreen integration with another service this week. Rolling out starting today, the free live TV service Pluto TV is adding integration with the “Live” tab on Google TV.
Pluto TV offers over 300 free live TV channels and has supported Google TV and Android TV as an app for some time now, even going as far as powering a live experience on Verizon’s Stream TV for some time. Now, Pluto TV is expanding to better support the newer platform.
Google TV users will see Pluto TV as an option on Google TV’s homescreen under the “Live” tab as well as providing recommendations for content on the “For You” tab. The “Live” tab on Google TV originally only worked with YouTube TV, but it has since expanded to Philo and Sling TV. Pluto is the first free service to support the feature.
Starting today, we’re partnering with Pluto TV so you can access more than 300 free live TV channels on Google TV. Visit the Live tab to see what’s on now or check out the Free Live TV recommendations in the For You tab. This new integration with Pluto TV will be available on all Google TV devices in the coming weeks.
Adding to this announcement, Google teases that it will be adding “more ways” to watch free TV on Google TV in 2022. We’re taking that as a hint towards Google TV offering its own native free/ad-supported content, as was reported earlier this year.
And in 2022, we’ll be bringing you more ways to watch for free.
That report originally speculated that the feature could arrive in Fall 2021, but added that it could arrive in 2022 “in line with partners.”
More on Google TV:
- Google TV profiles have been delayed, Ambient Mode cards are rolling out now
- Android TV 12 is now available, unclear when it’s headed to Chromecast with Google TV
- Google TV integrates with over 30 streaming services and apps, here’s the full list
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