Google TV, which offers one of the cleanest streaming experiences for cord cutters, has just vastly improved its live TV options — meaning users now actually have options. While the “Live” tab was previously limited to Google’s own expensive live TV streaming service, YouTube TV, the company has introduced a cheaper alternative with a Sling TV integration.
The companies confirmed that The edge that the added support for Sling TV marks the first non-Google live TV integration for the platform, and that’s important. While pretty good, YouTube TV costs $65 per month before offering additional add-ons or entertainment subscriptions like Starz or HBO Max through the service. Sling TV, meanwhile, starts at $35 per month for one of two basic plans: Orange for sports and family content or Blue for news and entertainment.
That’s not to say that Sling TV, Hulu with Live TV, or Fubo TV users couldn’t access their live TV services on the platform — you can absolutely do this by simply navigating to your designated Live and Linear app. But Google has a special Live tab at the top that makes navigation a breeze, and this tab was previously only available to subscribers to its YouTube TV service.
Now, though, anyone looking to integrate their live TV directly into their Google TV experience has another more affordable option. While Sling TV’s plans offer about half of the channels YouTube TV does — about 30 to 45 versus YouTube TV’s 85-plus channels — the service also offers dirt cheap pack of add-ons starting around $6 for decent adjustments.
Google TV is currently available on Sony’s 2021 Bravia XR TVs and Google’s latest Chromecast device, with the platform launching soon on TCL TVs. To enable the feature in the Google TV experience, link your Sling TV subscription to your Google account in the Google Home app. After Sling TV is paired through Google Home, a Live tab should appear at the top of the Google TV navigation bar.