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Google TV and Android TV Users Can Now Stream The Roku Channel

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Google TV and Android TV device users can now watch The Roku Channel, thanks to the launch of a new dedicated app for the TV-optimized platforms.

The Roku Channel can be a good way to unlock access to additional free content, but device support has remained an issue. Previously, The Roku Channel could only be accessed on Roku’s own devices, Samsung TVs, Fire TV devices, and the mobile app.

With support for Google TV and Android TV now available, the number of homes that will now be able to access and use the free streaming service should greatly expand. Earlier this year, Google confirmed that there was more than 150 million active devices running on Android TV and Google TV.

Anyone with a compatible Google TV or Android TV device can now access The Roku Channel by downloading The Roku Channel app on their device. The app can either be downloaded via the Play Store or by performing a search directly on the Google TV or Android TV device.

Once downloaded, Google TV and Android TV users will have access to a wide variety of free on-demand content. According to Roku, “more than 80,000 free movies and programs” including “exclusive Roku Originals like “WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story,” “Die Hart,” and “The Great American Baking Show.”

In addition to the library of on-demand content, users will also have access to more than 350 free live linear television channels. Of course, Google TV only recently received a major upgrade in the free linear channels department, so the on-demand library may appeal more than the additional channels.

Either way, the addition of The Roku Channel app on Google TV and Android TV provides users with another free option for streaming on-demand and live TV content.

John Finn
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John Finn

By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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