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Sample Android TV Channel App (TV Input) using TIF

This app is designed to show how to build live TV channel apps for Android TV using the TV Input Framework (TIF). The sample is a service that once installed, is recognized and run by the default TV app (e.g. Live Channels app).


The sample app consists of a single TV input: 4 channels consisting of MP4 videos, HLS stream and MPEG-DASH stream, organized into various genres. The video files are served from Google Cloud Storage.

References and Developer Guides

TIF Companion Library

This app uses the TIF Companion Library. The source code for the library is in the library directory. To use this library in your project, copy the directory over or use the following Gradle dependency:

compile ''


Getting Started

Note that the Live Channels app does not show up in Apps on Home screen unless there is at least one TV input service or a physical input like HDMI1.

To set up the TV input:

  • Start Live Channels app
  • Click Search to search for and add channels
  • Alternatively within Live Channels app,
    • Click ENTER to bring out Recent Channels
    • Click DOWN to enter TV options
    • Click RIGHT to Channel sources and select it
    • Click DOWN to select Rich Input and click ENTER to select it
    • Click ADD CHANNELS NOW to add channels of MP4 videos, HLS stream and MPEG-DASH stream
  • To watch sample channels, simply toggle UP and DOWN to switch channels
  • Visit Channel Sources -> Rich Input -> Settings to see mock options for input settings.


TV program guide TV options TV options:channel sources Add Rich TV Input



License under the Apache 2.0 license. See the LICENSE file for details.

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Images/videos used in this sample are courtesy of the Blender Foundation, shared under copyright or Creative Commons license.

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Sample Channel App (TV Input Service) on Android TV using TIF







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