Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV Come to Android TV with Live TV

Three channels owned by Scripps Networks Interactive have been turned into Android TV apps that allow users to stream the channels live when they sign in with a cable provider.

Scripps Networks Interactive is an American media company which originally was founded in 2008 as a spin-off of the E.W. Scipps Company. It’s first TV channel was HGTV, which first launched in 1994. Since then, the company has continued to explore lifestyle content in other channels.

They also own channels such as Food Network, Travel Channel, DIY Channel, and Great American Country.

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These channels can be watched on the go with mobile apps, although they recently launched apps for Android TV. They all share the same UI, which seems to be developed in-house. It’s not based on Leanback.

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Each of these apps gives you on-demand access to the various shows that air on that channel, along with clips and live TV. Live television streaming is handled through the app, not through Live Channels, and requires you to sign in to a cable provider before it’s accessible.

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If you don’t have a cable subscription, then you can still watch a few episodes for free. These videos will have ads which play throughout the show.

Some of Scripps’ other channel-based apps, such as the DIY Channel, do not currently support Android TV. This may change in the future.

All of these apps are free to download on Google Play.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Gfame103

    I guess “Live Channels” app is dead. There has not been any new Live Channel apps in a long time.

    • I don’t think that’s true. I just think that it was somewhat difficult to program for live channels in the past. Nick Felker has done a great job with the ChannelSurfer library and now assisting Google with TIF, I think you will find that apps will start to support this amazing feature.

    • Nick Felker

      Live Channels isn’t dead. It makes a lot of sense for these apps to add support, although I don’t think it’ll come from the traditional channels as much as new sources. Beyond that, it’s an open API, not a service, so it wouldn’t be considered “dead”.

    • CRW15

      I’d have to agree that it’s not quite dead. With Nougat support of USB tuners i think it’s on life support. But I don’t see Live Channels being very successful with out being able to “Pull” Live streams out of installed apps. Without big guns like Disney, Scripps, FOX, etc. “hooking up” to live channels, and with Sling opting to pull OTA into their app rather than connecting to Live channels, I’m not sure what the long term looks like for the live channels app.

      Another hindrance to Live Channels showing only 5 potential sources even thought there are a lot more potential source available in the play store.

  • Thomas Paulsen

    Certainly welcome news. However my cable provider is not listed and therefore I am simply shut out. FS1 for example supports almost all cable providers through their third-party logon portal. Btw, I am looking forward to Google’s offering of LiveTV hopefully in 2017.

  • ludist210

    Yeah, my cable provider isn’t supported either…the app sure looks nice, but with only nine (or so) providers supported on Android TV, the app is pretty worthless.