Google TV appears to be ready to add as many as 50 live channels according to discovered code

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Google TV appears to be readying to add as many as 50 free live channels to its base offering.

Industry site 9to5Google recently noted that buried in the code for the next release of the app are references to being able to “Enjoy 50 channels of live TV without the need to subscribe, sign-up, or download.” It also uncovered what appeared to be promotional images showing at least some of the channels that may be available soon.

Google TV is a smart TV operating system that essentially serves as a way for viewers to access content from a variety of digital platforms within one interface based on the Android TV platform.

It features a redesigned interface with the Google TV logo, but is not to be confused with a previous offering of the same name.

9to5Google’s discovery also includes an image that features about 35 network logos, including the following:

  • ABC News Live
  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • American Classics
  • The Asylum
  • Battery Pop
  • CBC News
  • ChiveTV
  • Deal or No Deal
  • Divorce Court
  • Dry Bar Comedy
  • FailArmy
  • Filmrise Free Movies
  • Hallmark Movies & More
  • It’s Showtime at the Apollo!
  • Kevin Hart’s LOL! Network
  • Love Nature
  • Maverick Black Cinema
  • MooviMex
  • Nature Vision
  • NBC News Now
  • Newsmax TV
  • Nosey
  • The Pet Collective
  • Power Nation
  • Reelz
  • Teletubbies
  • Today All Day
  • Toon Goggles
  • USA Today
  • World Poker Tour
  • Wu Tang Collection TV
  • Xumo Crime TV
  • Xumo Movies
  • Xumo Westerns

It’s not immediately clear if all these channels will be part of the final free lineup, if any, coming to Google TV.

One partially visible logo is that of BNC Go, the streaming arm of the now-defunct Black News Channel brand. BNC and BNC Go’s feeds remain active on select platforms, mostly offering reruns and licensed content instead of the Black-focused news content originally envisioned in order to fulfill obligations to those pay TV providers.

The potential lineup includes both ABC and NBC’s free, ad-supported news streamers as well as channels such as “Deal or No Deal” and “Teletubbies” that offer constant runs of episodes from a single program or programming that centers on a specific theme, most of which were created as a way to inexpensively repurpose old programming into streaming brands.

Other offerings cross over into channels that are sometimes offered as part of pay TV packages, such as Newsmax TV and Reelz, but typically don’t have as wide availability as larger, more popular networks.