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The Roku Channel lands on Android TV, Google TV devices

The logo of streaming hardware maker and platform Roku.
The logo of streaming hardware maker and platform Roku. (Graphic by The Desk)

Streaming hardware maker Roku has made its free, ad-supported TV service The Roku Channel available on Android TV-powered devices for the first time.

On Wednesday, Roku said the free service is now available to install through the Google Play Store, and is supported across all Google TV and most newer-model Android TV devices. Those devices include the Chromecast with Google TV, the Walmart Onn Android TV puck and the Nvidia Shield line of gadgets.

It marks the first time the Roku Channel has been offered on Android TV-powered devices since the service launched several years ago, and only the second time Roku has made the service available on a competing platform. Streamers with Amazon Fire TV devices have been able to access the Roku Channel since October 2020.

The Roku Channel offers hundreds of streaming content channels as well as more than 80,000 free movies and TV episodes available on-demand. The service doesn’t require a subscription or a Roku account, and is available to install from the Google Play Store.

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Roku says its free, ad-supported service reaches more than 100 million people as of last year.

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Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 10 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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