The number of quality shows on traditional TV networks has declined sharply in recent years. It’s the primary reason the concept of cord-cutting took off in the first place. But even if you hate paying for a cable or satellite plan, there are times when you might want to tune into Channel 4 to revisit your favourite dramas and reality shows. If you’re in the UK and use a Google TV device for your streaming needs, you’re in luck. You can stream Channel 4 live and its programs on-demand on Google TV legally for free. To know how to add and watch Channel 4 on Google TV, keep reading.
How to Watch Channel 4 on Google TV?
All 4 is the streaming app you want to use for watching Channel 4 on google tv. Apart from offering live streams of the linear Channel 4, E4, More4, Film4, and 4seven broadcasting channels, it provides catch-ups for top Channel 4 programs.
Furthermore, its on-demand catalogue spans 1500+ TV series, dramas, and films from Channel 4, its sister channels, and dozens of partner networks. It includes hundreds of hit UK and US box sets.
The best part is that the “All 4” streaming app is free to access and only requires users to register and sign in with an account. There are adverts, of course, but you can pay a small monthly or annual sum for an interruption-free viewing experience.
Is All 4 Available on Google TV?
All 4 supports a wide range of platforms, including Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Amazon Fire TV, NOW TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation, and Xbox, as well as YouView and Freeview Play-certified devices. Google TV and Android TV also have a native All 4 app, but there’s more to it. Let us explain.
At the time of writing, only YouView-certified Google TV and Android TVs have access to the native All 4 app. It includes Sony BRAVIA Google TVs and Philips Android TVs. Amazon’s Fire TV, which runs on a custom fork of Android, is also supported.
However, other Smart TVs and streaming boxes running Google TV OS (e.g., Chromecast with Google TV) that don’t have YouView certification remain incompatible with the streaming app. Not only does All 4 not show up in the Play Store, but sideloading the APK is also out of the question.
Assuming you have a compatible Google TV device you purchased from a UK retailer, you should find All 4 pre-installed alongside BBC iPlayer, ITVX, My5, and UKTV Play. If it isn’t there, follow these steps:
- Select Search on your Google TV Home screen and type “All 4” using the on-screen keyboard.
Alternatively, press the Assistant button on your TV remote and say “All 4” to search for the app.
- Next, click the All 4 app tile in the results. It’ll lead you to the app description screen.
- Click the Install button and wait for the app to download and install on your Google TV device.
Once installed, press the Home button on the remote to return to the Google TV Home screen. After that, navigate to the Apps tab, and scroll down to the bottom of the “Your apps” section. There, you should find the “All 4” app.
To add it to your “Favourite apps” row on the Home screen, hold the Select or OK button on the remote with the “All 4” app highlighted, then click Add to favourites.
Launching All 4 will send you directly to the Home page, where you can explore trending content and recommendations based on your watch history. To sign in, navigate to the My4 tab in the sidebar and follow the on-screen prompts.
How to Watch Channel 4 on unsupported Google TV Devices?
If you have a smart TV or media streaming box/stick running the Google TV operating system, odds are it also has Chromecast built-in. The All 4 Android/iOS app supports casting, meaning you can cast your favourite content directly to your big screen.
Download the All 4 mobile app from Play Store or App Store, sign in with your My4 account, select the program you want to watch, tap the Cast button in the player, and choose your Chromecast-enabled Google TV device. Both your devices must be on the same Wi-Fi network for the casting to work. You can use your phone to control the playback.
The only drawback is that you can’t watch the live channels on your Google TV via Chromecast.
That’s how you add and watch Channel 4 on Google TV. The broadcaster’s official All 4 catch-up and live streaming app is available for YouView-certified Google TV devices. However, you can also use the mobile app’s Chromecast functionality to stream your preferred Channel 4 content on your Google TV on demand.