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How to Watch Free Live TV on Android TV

Dan Price 19-02-2018

The number of quality programs on cable TV has declined dramatically in recent years.


Global stalwarts like the BBC are still churning out incredible documentaries at a phenomenal rate, but the overall standard has unquestionably deteriorated. Perhaps that’s why cordcutting has become so popular.

However, even if you hate modern TV and you’re an experienced cord cutter, there will still be times when you want to indulge in a spot of mindless channel hopping. And if you bought an Android TV device as part of your cord-cutting strategy, you’re in luck. It’s possible to enjoy legal, live TV on your Android TV device, without having to pay a hefty monthly fee for live TV access through streaming services like Hulu.

Here are seven Android TV apps that will let you enjoy free shows on your Android TV gadget.

1. Pluto TV

Pluto TV Android TV app

Pluto TV provides more than 100 TV channels across several categories. News, sports, movies, viral videos, and cartoons are all well-represented. It even offers some channels dedicated to a single show.


The company itself has been around since 2013. In that time, it’s built up 74 content partners. Channels include cable TV staples like CNBC, MSNBC, and Sky News, as well as web-only channels like CNET, The Surf Network, Classic Movies, IGN, and World Poker Tour. The app does not offer any on-demand content.

In addition to Android TV, the app is also available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and some smart TVs. If you install it on the mobile version of Android, it is Chromecast compatible. Check out more live sports streaming sites if you’re interested.

Download: Pluto TV (Free)

2. Bloomberg TV+

Bloomberg TV+ Android TV app


If you’re interested in the world of finance and global markets, you’ll already know about Bloomberg. Along with CNBC and FOX Business News, it’s one of the go-to business-focused channels in the United States.

However, unlike CNBC and FOX Business, Bloomberg’s output is free to watch through the company’s app.

You will have access to the network’s live streams, as well as a wide selection of on-demand shows from the last couple of days.

Download: Bloomberg TV+ (Free)



SPB TV is similar to Pluto TV in that it offers a wide selection of legal channels rather than just being a one-channel app.

Formerly called MobiWorld Media, SPB TV is headquartered in Zurich but has offices in Russia, the United States, Brazil, Switzerland, Singapore, and Thailand.

At the time of writing, it boasts more than 200 channels. They include international channels (both premium and free-to-air) and some exclusive channels. Some of the most well-known channels that are available include France 24, Fashion TV, Deutsche Welle, and Russia Today. All the channels are available in high-definition.

Download: SPB TV (Free)


4. NBC

NBC Android TV app

The NBC app offers a mix of live TV and on-demand videos. In order to access the live TV feature, you need to meet two prerequisites:

  • Have a TV service provider that includes NBC in your package
  • Live in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Hartford, Dallas, Miami, San Francisco, or San Diego

NBC’s on-demand content is impressively expansive, making it one of the better Android TV apps around. You can watch the latest episodes of the network’s shows 24 hours after they air on regular TV, but can also view many TV classics such as Miami Vice, Battlestar Galactica, and Knight Rider.

Furthermore, unlike the other three apps we’ve covered so far, NBC offers support for closed caption subtitles. As such, it’s a great live TV app for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Download: NBC (Free)

5. LiveStream TV

From all the apps on this list, LiveStream TV offers the most extensive selection of channels.

Much of the availability depends on your location. The app includes local channels from the US, UK, Germany, Italy, Asia, and the Middle East, but they are almost all geo-blocked.

On the positive side, if you are fortunate enough to live in one of the app’s markets, you’ll be able to access all the free over-the-air (OTA) channels for the region.

And remember, if you don’t live in one of the supported countries, you can use a VPN to circumnavigate geographical restrictions. One of our favorite options is ExpressVPN.

Even if you don’t live in a supported area, you’ll still have access to some content. The app offers more than 200 web-based live TV channels and a vast library of on-demand content. Categories include sports, news, soaps, comedy, films, music, and children’s TV.

Download: LiveStream TV (Free)

6. Cumulus TV

Cumulus TV Android TV app

Cumulus TV doesn’t offer any TV channels natively. Instead, it’s an IPTV app.

IPTV apps are empty shells. To use them, you need to load an M3U playlist or an HLS file. In basic terms, M3U and HLS files point the IPTV app to the location of online video feeds.

Depending on your location, some OTA channels might make their feed publicly available, thus allowing you to add it to your app. If you’re struggling, a simple Google search will bring up hundreds of ready-made playlists.

There are lots of IPTV apps available, but Cumulus TV is especially impressive on Android TV thanks to its integration with the platform’s native Live Channels app. If you don’t need the integration, check out Perfect Player IPTV.

Download: Cumulus TV (Free)

7. Plex

Plex is a well-known home theater app. It lets you stream content around your home, manage your media libraries, and watch content remotely.

In mid-2017, the developers introduced a live TV feature. It lets you watch all the local OTA channels How to Watch Local TV Channels Without Cable There are several ways to watch local TV channels without cable. Here are all of your options and how to make use of them. Read More in your area for free. If you live in the United States, that means you’ll be able to enjoy all the major US networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW.

Plex Live TV also includes a DVR. You can pre-program recordings in advance and all the content you record will be integrated with your existing Plex libraries.

The feature is only available to Plex Pass subscribers. You will also need to purchase a digital tuner and an antenna. We recommend the Mohu Leaf and HDHomeRun.

Download: Plex (Free)

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Which Android TV Apps Do You Use?

These seven apps will help you watch free live TV from your Android TV device, and there are plenty more essential Android TV apps you should install, including Google Chrome for Android TV How to Install Google Chrome on Android TV Is it possible to install Google Chrome on your Android TV device? Yes it is, and in this article we show you how... Read More . But they’re certainly not the only ones out there, and we want to hear from you about your favorite Android TV apps. Of course, we’re interested in the legal options only—using illegal IPTV streams is a bad idea 5 Reasons Why Using Illegal IPTV Streams Is a Bad Idea Watching TV over the internet is easy, but illegal IPTV streams can lead to trouble. Here's why you should avoid illegal IPTV. Read More .

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  1. Jonde
    September 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    An Android TV in Australia is 'locked' for all your suggestions due to the local Communications Commission requiring at least 70% of locally produced TV garbage to dominate repetitive, annoying advertising with the local D-grade programmes.
    The only way to side-step that 'waste-of-time' for us expat Brits is to use the best VPN (ExpressVPN) to watch BBC & ITV shows plus Netflix UK or Netflix USA, both of which are far superior to Netflix Australia.

  2. Prince Olivier Missakila
    January 17, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I made an app called Freeview IPTV
    Only for android tv has 55 channels all free the app lists free contents from the web its a work in progress but perfectly fine nexus and shield sony has some codec issues on some channels VPN required for some UK channels

  3. michael stankard
    January 7, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I us3 mobdro and Redbox

  4. Derrick Bolton
    November 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Pluto TV...There's Tons Of Content!!!!

  5. Jack Smith
    February 20, 2018 at 8:40 pm

    Best product by Google is YouTube TV. Even better than Google photos.

  6. Jack Smith
    February 20, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    Get Youtube tv. Best product by Google. Even better than Google photos.

  7. Woodman
    February 20, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    While the NBC app may be free, the fact that you have to have a service provider negates that fact. The same could be said for the HBO GO, ESPN GO, etc. It’s not free if you are paying for cable.

    • Deenice
      February 20, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      TRUE DAT!

    February 20, 2018 at 8:22 am


  9. ReadandShare
    February 19, 2018 at 7:33 pm