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.