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Top 10 FREE Channels for Android TV You Should Download These

Top 10 FREE Channels for Android TV You Should Download These If youve cut the cord recently, you mightve done it, you probably did it, to save some money. So, instead of spending a bunch of money on expensive apps to watch TV and movies and stuff, you can actually get a ton of free content on your Android TV platform. Today were using the Nvidia Shield to take a look at this, but these should work on any Android TV platform. Lets dive in. upbeat techno music So as we get started on this, first, dont forget to subscribe down below, and check the description. We have a lot of giveaways going these days, and you can get info on that in the description, links to those giveaways, and make sure you subscribe for future ones.

Now, today for the Android TV platform, were going over the top 10 free Android TV apps. Now there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of options out there for Android TV. These are just 10 of my favorites that Ive picked out that should get you started with a lot of free content available to you.

So as we do this, the first thing to know is how to download an app on Android TV. If you already know how to do this, just skip ahead a couple minutes, but, right now, what were gonna do is lets pick an app, say, I dont know, NASA app. Search for that, and, oh, they dont have it here, but NASA has an IPTV app, you have all these different apps. Okay, lets do some wallpaper.

When you find these apps, you can find it in the Play Store, here, download it, and its ready to go. Im not gonna download this one right now, Ive done a bunch here. So, to go to my home screen, I hit this button, here, on the Nvidia Shield, the circle button, takes me to my home screen. So Ive got all my apps here, this is my favorite apps, I should say, if I hold that circle button, it will show me all the apps I have downloaded, so we could go through it that way, and take a look at these. But, I kind of have them in order here laughs, so.

Im gonna skip past a lot of these, you know, like Netflix, this is a paid app, this comes downloaded on your Nvidia Shield or whatever other device you have. Im gonna skip past the regular ones, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Music, and Im gonna start with my first pick for a good free app, and that is Plex. Plex is an interesting one because its not just free content gathered from around the web, this is where you can upload your own content. So, if you have spent years gathering DVDs, and Blu-rays, and then converting those into digital files, or if you have digital files that youve gathered from around the web, you can actually load those into Plex and have them available to play in your Android TV platform.

So, on my Nvidia Shield, here, now I can go look at my home articles, movies, photos, that sort of thing. You guys dont get to see my laughs, my personal stuff, but you can also go in here, and theyve got recommended podcasts and web shows, news stories that you can check out as you go through Plex. So it does pull in some content aggregated from around the web, in addition to the stuff that you can load in yourself. Next up is Twitch. This will be familiar to any gamers, which is perfect for the Nvidia Shield.

If you bought this, youre likely a gamer, laughs so. Twitch, youre probably already familiar with this. But yes, it is available on Android TV.

If you enjoy article games, if, like me, you are the third of three boys, and so you never got to play article games, you just had to watch article games, this is a lot of fun. Now, you can go pick whatever your favorite games are. You know, World of Warcraft, obviously, is popular.

My favorite would be StarCraft II. Big StarCraft II fan. And so now I can go check out livestreams of tournaments or just people playing online and, you know, going through their gameplays. So, Twitch is a lot of fun.

Now, number three is Steam Link. Similarly, this is going to be for gamers as well. If you have a Steam account, and youre using that to play article games on your PC, you can actually link that PC, your Steam account in that PC, to your Nvidia Shield, or your other Android TV device, and Steam Link will allow you to play that. In the case of the Nvidia Shield, it comes with a game controller that you can use for that sort of thing.

Otherwise, you might have to get a different Bluetooth controller similar to this one. Steam actually sells a Bluetooth controller that you can use for this. So Steam Link is a great option for that.

Next up is Tellybean. Tellybean is a article conferencing, or article calling, app. Its really easy to set up. All you do is on, for instance, on this Nvidia Shield, its got a USB port on the back.

You plug a webcam into that, set it on top of your TV, and Tellybean will allow you to article call right there on your TV. So, you dont have to use your phone, you dont have to use your computer if those are tied up, or, for some reason, youd rather use it on the big screen, so that you have a lot of screen real estate for that article calling. Tellybean allows you to do that. Great option there. These two kind of go together, obviously.

PBS and PBS Kids. Ill talk a little bit more about channel specific downloads, but PBS might be my favorite one, just for sheer amount of family-friendly content that you get, can get, either through PBS or PBS Kids. So, in this case, you just login here. Its gonna have you connect your, its gonna have you login at pbs.com, activate the app, so that it knows where you are logging in from. That way you get, not just nationwide PBS content, but you can get your local content as well.

In my case, KUED. So, whatevers airing on KUED, here in the Salt Lake City area, I can get that. Wherever you are, itll link that local content, as well as the national stuff. Pretty cool.

PBS Kids, obviously, thats a no-brainer if you have kids. All the Daniel Tigers ever. Its great.

All right, next up, Puffin TV. This is a browser. If you need to browse the internet on your Android TV device. Its kinda tricky because there arent, there are a lot of browser options out there, but not all of them are optimized for a TV experience.

Puffin is optimized for that. So, I can come into the Puffin browser, I can start searching, I can start, I can go directly to a URL, or it will curate some content for me, if I want to go through a few different categories, here. Itll show me my recently viewed stuff. If I want to view a webpage that I was on recently, I can do that, and I can navigate it here, just with my remote or with the game controller as well. So, next up is kind of another two-for.

And, this one is the Sideload Launcher. The Sideload Launcher is, this is gonna take a little explanation. Sideloading, if youre not familiar with this, this is something you should get familiar with because you may need to use it. Its used for any time an app that you want to use on your Android TV is not available in the Android TV store, you can sideload it.

So, for instance, Google Drive. For some reason, that was not available or is not available on the Android TV platform, but if you want to access your Google Drive files, here, on your TV, youre going to need to sideload that. Its a sorta complicated process that were not gonna go through today, but you would download that app elsewhere, and then use something like the X-plore file explorer to bring it into your Android TV.

But once its there, its not gonna show up in your homepage. So, what do you do? You use something like the Sideload Launcher. And thats gonna pull together all of these different apps that you have sideloaded.

Now, you can navigate to those apps. So, this is gonna be vital, something like Sideload Launcher and X-plore would be vital if you want to do sideloading, get both of these. There are others out there, these are just the ones that are easy and popular, and the ones that I would recommend.

Next up are a couple that I recommend for just about any platform out there. Pluto TV and Tubi TV are available, not just on Android TV, but on all the other platforms as well. And they are great, if youre looking for free content on your device. So, Pluto TV is free live TV.

So, they have scheduled TV, whoops, lets turn that down. They have scheduled TV, just like youre used to with your cable or satellite subscription. They have different channels that you can go through. So, if you wanna watch Spotlight, you just pop in and watch it like you would elsewhere. And it is commercial-supported, again, just like youre used to on cable or satellite.

And you can browse through, check out different free TV, free movies and TV shows, again, commercial-supported. But, you can scroll through that, kind of like you would with Netflix or something along those lines. Speaking of which, thats exactly what Tubi TV is.

Is, essentially, an ad-supported version of Netflix. It doesnt have the same movies and TV shows as Netflix, you know, it is a different app, but, in this, you can scroll through different genres, different categories, pick a show, and if you wanna watch that, it is gonna be free to you, but commercial-supported. So, if youre okay with dealing with a few commercials here and there, then Tubi and Pluto are wonderful options. And then, last up, again, its kind of a two-for category, or its as many as you want. These are channel specific apps.

I pulled a couple here, BBC America and The CW. There are a lot of other channels out there that do this. ABC, I know, has an app that lets you watch all their shows, commercial-supported, for free. Eh, well, all, most, some, it depends on the app.

But, for instance, with The CW, if I pop in here, its gonna give me a ton of different shows that I can scroll through and see. So, if I wanna watch the latest episode of The Outpost, I kinda started that a little while ago, I can watch that, commercial-supported, at no charge. All you have to do is download the app. So, its pretty sweet.

With all these options, youve got no excuse for paying a ton of money if you cut the cord. That being said, a lot of us are still gonna pay for Netflix and Hulu or whatever, but if you do want to get away from paying a bunch of money for your entertainment, there are a lot of free options out there on your streaming device. So, on the Android TV, these are the 10 that I recommend. If you have any others that you would recommend for people, just hit the comments below, and let me know what your favorites are. Make sure you subscribe to this channel, and give this article a like if it was helpful, dislike it if it wasnt, and well see you next time.

Top 10 FREE Channels for Android TV You Should Download These If youve cut the cord recently, you mightve done it, you probably did it, to save some money. So, instead of spending a bunch of money on expensive apps to watch TV and movies and stuff, you can actually get a ton of free content on your Android TV platform. Today were using the Nvidia Shield to take a look at this, but these should work on any Android TV platform. Lets dive in. upbeat techno music So as we get started on this, first, dont forget to subscribe down below, and check the description. We have a lot of giveaways going these days, and you can get info on that in the description, links to those giveaways, and make sure you subscribe for future ones.

Now, today for the Android TV platform, were going over the top 10 free Android TV apps. Now there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of options out there for Android TV. These are just 10 of my favorites that Ive picked out that should get you started with a lot of free content available to you. So as we do this, the first thing to know is how to download an app on Android TV. If you already know how to do this, just skip ahead a couple minutes, but, right now, what were gonna do is lets pick an app, say, I dont know, NASA app.

Search for that, and, oh, they dont have it here, but NASA has an IPTV app, you have all these different apps. Okay, lets do some wallpaper. When you find these apps, you can find it in the Play Store, here, download it, and its ready to go.

Im not gonna download this one right now, Ive done a bunch here. So, to go to my home screen, I hit this button, here, on the Nvidia Shield, the circle button, takes me to my home screen. So Ive got all my apps here, this is my favorite apps, I should say, if I hold that circle button, it will show me all the apps I have downloaded, so we could go through it that way, and take a look at these. But, I kind of have them in order here laughs, so. Im gonna skip past a lot of these, you know, like Netflix, this is a paid app, this comes downloaded on your Nvidia Shield or whatever other device you have.

Im gonna skip past the regular ones, YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Music, and Im gonna start with my first pick for a good free app, and that is Plex. Plex is an interesting one because its not just free content gathered from around the web, this is where you can upload your own content. So, if you have spent years gathering DVDs, and Blu-rays, and then converting those into digital files, or if you have digital files that youve gathered from around the web, you can actually load those into Plex and have them available to play in your Android TV platform.

So, on my Nvidia Shield, here, now I can go look at my home articles, movies, photos, that sort of thing. You guys dont get to see my laughs, my personal stuff, but you can also go in here, and theyve got recommended podcasts and web shows, news stories that you can check out as you go through Plex. So it does pull in some content aggregated from around the web, in addition to the stuff that you can load in yourself. Next up is Twitch.

This will be familiar to any gamers, which is perfect for the Nvidia Shield. If you bought this, youre likely a gamer, laughs so. Twitch, youre probably already familiar with this.

But yes, it is available on Android TV. If you enjoy article games, if, like me, you are the third of three boys, and so you never got to play article games, you just had to watch article games, this is a lot of fun. Now, you can go pick whatever your favorite games are.

You know, World of Warcraft, obviously, is popular. My favorite would be StarCraft II. Big StarCraft II fan. And so now I can go check out livestreams of tournaments or just people playing online and, you know, going through their gameplays. So, Twitch is a lot of fun.

Now, number three is Steam Link. Similarly, this is going to be for gamers as well. If you have a Steam account, and youre using that to play article games on your PC, you can actually link that PC, your Steam account in that PC, to your Nvidia Shield, or your other Android TV device, and Steam Link will allow you to play that. In the case of the Nvidia Shield, it comes with a game controller that you can use for that sort of thing. Otherwise, you might have to get a different Bluetooth controller similar to this one.

Steam actually sells a Bluetooth controller that you can use for this. So Steam Link is a great option for that. Next up is Tellybean.

Tellybean is a article conferencing, or article calling, app. Its really easy to set up. All you do is on, for instance, on this Nvidia Shield, its got a USB port on the back.

You plug a webcam into that, set it on top of your TV, and Tellybean will allow you to article call right there on your TV. So, you dont have to use your phone, you dont have to use your computer if those are tied up, or, for some reason, youd rather use it on the big screen, so that you have a lot of screen real estate for that article calling. Tellybean allows you to do that. Great option there.

These two kind of go together, obviously. PBS and PBS Kids. Ill talk a little bit more about channel specific downloads, but PBS might be my favorite one, just for sheer amount of family-friendly content that you get, can get, either through PBS or PBS Kids. So, in this case, you just login here.

Its gonna have you connect your, its gonna have you login at pbs.com, activate the app, so that it knows where you are logging in from. That way you get, not just nationwide PBS content, but you can get your local content as well. In my case, KUED. So, whatevers airing on KUED, here in the Salt Lake City area, I can get that. Wherever you are, itll link that local content, as well as the national stuff.

Pretty cool. PBS Kids, obviously, thats a no-brainer if you have kids. All the Daniel Tigers ever. Its great.

All right, next up, Puffin TV. This is a browser. If you need to browse the internet on your Android TV device.

Its kinda tricky because there arent, there are a lot of browser options out there, but not all of them are optimized for a TV experience. Puffin is optimized for that. So, I can come into the Puffin browser, I can start searching, I can start, I can go directly to a URL, or it will curate some content for me, if I want to go through a few different categories, here. Itll show me my recently viewed stuff.

If I want to view a webpage that I was on recently, I can do that, and I can navigate it here, just with my remote or with the game controller as well. So, next up is kind of another two-for. And, this one is the Sideload Launcher. The Sideload Launcher is, this is gonna take a little explanation.

Sideloading, if youre not familiar with this, this is something you should get familiar with because you may need to use it. Its used for any time an app that you want to use on your Android TV is not available in the Android TV store, you can sideload it. So, for instance, Google Drive. For some reason, that was not available or is not available on the Android TV platform, but if you want to access your Google Drive files, here, on your TV, youre going to need to sideload that.

Its a sorta complicated process that were not gonna go through today, but you would download that app elsewhere, and then use something like the X-plore file explorer to bring it into your Android TV. But once its there, its not gonna show up in your homepage. So, what do you do?

You use something like the Sideload Launcher. And thats gonna pull together all of these different apps that you have sideloaded. Now, you can navigate to those apps. So, this is gonna be vital, something like Sideload Launcher and X-plore would be vital if you want to do sideloading, get both of these. There are others out there, these are just the ones that are easy and popular, and the ones that I would recommend.

Next up are a couple that I recommend for just about any platform out there. Pluto TV and Tubi TV are available, not just on Android TV, but on all the other platforms as well. And they are great, if youre looking for free content on your device. So, Pluto TV is free live TV.

So, they have scheduled TV, whoops, lets turn that down. They have scheduled TV, just like youre used to with your cable or satellite subscription. They have different channels that you can go through.

So, if you wanna watch Spotlight, you just pop in and watch it like you would elsewhere. And it is commercial-supported, again, just like youre used to on cable or satellite. And you can browse through, check out different free TV, free movies and TV shows, again, commercial-supported. But, you can scroll through that, kind of like you would with Netflix or something along those lines. Speaking of which, thats exactly what Tubi TV is.

Is, essentially, an ad-supported version of Netflix. It doesnt have the same movies and TV shows as Netflix, you know, it is a different app, but, in this, you can scroll through different genres, different categories, pick a show, and if you wanna watch that, it is gonna be free to you, but commercial-supported. So, if youre okay with dealing with a few commercials here and there, then Tubi and Pluto are wonderful options. And then, last up, again, its kind of a two-for category, or its as many as you want.

These are channel specific apps. I pulled a couple here, BBC America and The CW. There are a lot of other channels out there that do this. ABC, I know, has an app that lets you watch all their shows, commercial-supported, for free.

Eh, well, all, most, some, it depends on the app. But, for instance, with The CW, if I pop in here, its gonna give me a ton of different shows that I can scroll through and see. So, if I wanna watch the latest episode of The Outpost, I kinda started that a little while ago, I can watch that, commercial-supported, at no charge. All you have to do is download the app. So, its pretty sweet.

With all these options, youve got no excuse for paying a ton of money if you cut the cord. That being said, a lot of us are still gonna pay for Netflix and Hulu or whatever, but if you do want to get away from paying a bunch of money for your entertainment, there are a lot of free options out there on your streaming device. So, on the Android TV, these are the 10 that I recommend.

If you have any others that you would recommend for people, just hit the comments below, and let me know what your favorites are. Make sure you subscribe to this channel, and give this article a like if it was helpful, dislike it if it wasnt, and well see you next time.

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