Yahoo Screen (Apple TV, image 001)

Yahoo in September released its Screen iOS app. Billed as a remote control for web video with true AirPlay multitasking, the iPhone and iPad application acts as a one-stop shop for a bunch of web video sources, including licensed programming from Viacom and other Yahoo partners.

Today, Yahoo announced the arrival of Yahoo Screen for Apple TV. Provided as a new channel on your set-top box’s main menu, Yahoo Screen lets Apple TV owners watch live news and events, stream such premium third-party shows as Saturday Night Live, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and content from MLB, UFC, The Onion, Martha Stewart, as well as enjoy Yahoo’s original programming, all from the comfort of their couch…

According to Yahoo, this is just the beginning of their effort “to bring you the best possible video experience”.

Check out the new Yahoo Screen and PBS icons on my Apple TV.

Apple TV (PBS and Yahoo Screen)

Additionally, Peter Kafka of AllThingsD reported that The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), an American broadcast television network, has created an Apple TV channel which lets users “watch some, but not all, of its shows” free of charge, as well as previews of upcoming programming.

Apple TV (PBS activation)

First, you’ll need to activate your Apple TV for use with PBS by entering the on-screen activation code at pbs.org/activate. In order to gain full access to PBS on your Apple TV, you’ll have to sign in with a Facebook, Google+ or PBS account.

After activating your device and signing up for an account, quit the app and fire it up again – you should see the main screen like this. Downtown Abbey, you say? You’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription for that since the online retailer holds exclusive rights to stream that show.

I know, it’s a bummer – but you can’t have it all.

Apple TV (PBS Home screen)

The network gives you access to over 5,000 hours of content, without requiring any subscription with a stupid cable company, which will appeal to cable-cutters. A spokesperson for PBS confirmed that “many programs will be available for viewing within 24 hours of their broadcast,” adding this concerning Downtown Abey:

Our stations are re-airing Downton Abbey season 2 and 3 through December. Each of these episodes — as well as new Season 4 episodes beginning in January—will be available for a limited window following the on-air broadcast.

These “apps” (I’m using the term loosely here) are being pushed out over-the-air to your $99 set-top box as we speak. To update manually, go to Settings > General > Software Updates and hit Update Software.

  • Sputnik09

    PBS!!! AWESOME!!

    • Anthony Lara

      You’re being sarcastic right? What we need is Amazon instant video, red box and crackle.

      • Sputnik09

        Not at all. And I very much doubt that Apple will allow Amazon or Red Box since it will compete directly with what they already offer…. so you can stop day dreaming. Now… what’s your problem with PBS? They offer great quality programing for an intelligent audience.

      • Anthony Lara

        Actually adding that content would be more beneficial to the Apple TV. More content = more viewers also it already provides netflix and HBO Go so I don’t see how this could be a day dream. Roku did it right and the Apple TV needs to follow suit. As for pbs it’s public broadcasting so between watching Clifford and Arthur it doesn’t hold up to par to Amazon Instant Video or crackle.

      • Sputnik09

        I really don’t see the point of Apple offering those services be “beneficial” to them, since like I said before, they offer basically the same content that iTunes does. If you want those then by all means, get a damn Roku and enjoy it! As for PBS, American Experience, NOVA… just to mention a few, are far better quality content I can spend my time watching. But hey, that’s just me. I can’t expect everyone to have intelligent taste ya know?

  • klouud

    No – what we NEED is A7 internals, larger storage, iCloud sync, and full App Store support with game controller support.

    • Burge

      Even Apple can not push out a update with A7 internals..

      • klouud

        I bet the ATV4 will be exactly as I described. it makes sense.

      • Burge

        I bet it’s not… You will not get full App Store

  • bobby_turner

    Know the difference between your wants and needs.

  • NotMurrican

    Too much text… @_@’
    Is this only for USA?

  • Jeffery Simms

    I honestly don’t mind this update, and I get why Apple-they are pretty much slowly but steadily trying to make the Atv a viable alternative for entertainment than the regular local/cable/satilitte channels offered. My only worry is that I haven’t updated since they started adding all these different channels for fearing losing my jailbreak

  • Todd Sorensen

    PBS is a joke on Apple TV. Slower than crap.

  • Damian W

    Just buy Roku and use plex

  • Can

    It’s good to see new services available thru apple tv.
    But i still have issues for accessing Disney XD and other, if somebody can help me.