Google TV just got a much cheaper streaming option for its live TV guide

Welcome to the Party, Sling TV

Google TV, which offers one of the cleanest streaming experiences for cord-cutters, has vastly revamped its Live TV options—which is to say, users actually have options. While the “Live” tab was previously limited to Google’s own priced live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, the company has introduced a cheaper option with Sling TV integration.

companies have confirmed ledge That added support for Sling TV is the first non-Google Live TV integration for the platform, and it’s significant. While that’s good enough, YouTube TV costs $65 a month before any additional add-ons or entertainment subscriptions like Starz or HBO Max are offered through the service. Meanwhile, Sling TV starts at $35 per month for either of its two basic plans: Orange for sports and family content or Blue for news and entertainment.

Sling TV integration on Google TV.
Image: Sling TV

Now, this doesn’t mean that Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or Fubo TV users can’t access their live TV services on the platform—you absolutely can by simply navigating to your designated Live and Linear apps. But Google has a special Live tab at the top that makes navigation easier, and this tab was previously only available to subscribers of its YouTube TV service.

Now, however, anyone who wants to have their Live TV baked directly into their Google TV experience has a more affordable option. While Sling TV’s plans offer about half the channels compared to YouTube TV—about 30 to 45 versus YouTube TV’s more than 85 channels—the service also offers Dirt Cheap Package Add-ons Starting at around $6 for decent customization.

Google TV is currently available on Sony’s 2021 Bravia XR TV and Google’s latest Chromecast device, which is set to launch soon on TCL TVs. To enable the feature within the Google TV experience, link your Sling TV plan to your Google Account in the Google Home app. After linking Sling TV through Google Home, a Live tab should appear above in the Google TV navigation bar.

Update June 8th, 4:15PM ET: After publication, a Sling TV spokesperson told ledge That update will be released for compatible devices during the next week. The spokesperson said the integration should be widely available “within the next several days.”

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