Apple TV picks up ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle and KOR TV channels

By , Dec 11, 2013

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After adding Yahoo Screen and PBS channels last month, Major League Soccer and Disney Junior channels in September as well as Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney, Smithsonian and a bunch of other content sources earlier this year, Apple’s again expanded on the device’s content sources.

The $99 media-streaming box is now even more useful with four additional channels from ABC, financial organization Bloomberg, Sony’s streaming movie and TV show service Crackle and Korea-based on-demand video service KOR TV, all now accessible from the Apple TV‘s Home menu…

As you could imagine, the Watch ABC channel requires a subscription with a cable service such as AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Google Fiber, Verizon FiOS and others in order to watch content through your Apple TV. Popular television shows as the new Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D series are available for streaming, provided you’re an ABC Subscriber.

I suspect many people won’t be using subscription-based channels. If you’re among them, I recommend checking out our guide on hiding unwanted Apple TV channel icons.

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As for the Bloomberg channel, it features 24/7 streaming of the content found on Bloomberg TV and the company’s other web properties. It includes a live stream of business news and breaking news and on-demand clips and TV show episodes, with pre-roll video ads on some of the content.

All Bloomberg content via the official channel is available in nearly all markets supported by the Apple TV, with users automatically getting a live stream depending on their location.

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Moreover, Bloomberg is the fist Apple TV channel provider to stream business news 24/7, unlike The Wall Street Journal channel which delays streams a few hours after the shows have aired. Future features will bring a playlist feature that’s integrated with Bloomberg’s iOS apps, according to 9to5Mac.

You’ll be able to sign-into your Bloomberg account on any device (including the Apple TV), create playlists, and quickly pick up where you left off on another device by signing-in and accessing your playlist.

There isn’t a sign-in or account creation process needed to access Apple TV content, but when playlists roll out users will have the option to create an account and sign-in to access the feature.

The updated channel will also allow viewers to opt-in to iOS alerts for specific shows or events right from on the Apple TV. Users will receive the notifications on their iOS device, “but there will eventually be a way to display notifications on the Apple TV itself”.

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These channels should have been pushed to your device over-the-air.

If not, you can update your Apple TV software manually by visiting Settings > General > Software Updates and hitting the Update Software option.

In addition to the four new channels, the iPhone maker is understood to be in talks to launch channels for cable provider Time Warner Cable and TV network The CW.

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  • Nate McKelvie

    It looks like apple really is working towards the Apple TV something more than just a hobby, but only time will tell. And although I have the cable subscription so I can watch all channels Apple TV offers, I really can’t wait for the Apple TV to be stand alone and no longer require a cable service. If Apple TV could add much more content and allow users to subscribe to only the channels they want, I would gladly pay for that over my cable provider any day. I hate the fact that in order to watch the Science channel I must subscribe to the most expensive package comcast has to offer because that’s the only package the science channel comes with. I pay for an extra 50+ channels that I’ve never watched just to watch the one I do want to watch, it’s ridiculous

    • therealjjohnson

      Do you really have to use the “most expensive package comcast has to offer” to view the Science channel? I can see you having to pay for a full digital package versus an economy one, however the most expensive package would have a ton of premium channels (HBO, SHOtime etc) in it. That seems like a stretch.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yes, I have the package with hbo show time all of them. I had the second largest package before and no science channel. I pay $179 a month for cable and internet.

  • Vince Reedy

    Where is Directv access?

  • ndcart

    Think I’ll stick with my Chromecast for now and see where that ends up. The price point was just too good to pass up. I like the Apple/Google competition for this market.

    • Nate McKelvie

      I like the competition as well, that’s why I have both, but for now I find the Apple TV to be superior to the chromecast. But like you said the price point is so good that I have a chrome cast in each of my bedrooms and one in the kitchen, but for now the big screen in the living room gets the Apple TV.

      • ndcart

        I’ve thought about doing that as well, but for now I have a Wii in the living room strictly for Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming. The resolution just isn’t great.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I’ve never tried any type of streaming on the wii before. My nephew owns a wii but I’ve only played with a couple of times for games. You’d think it would be capable of full hd video with both netflix and and Amazon.

  • Jimmy Velletta

    Wow Directv is never available to verify in the apps… Pointless! Only HBOGO works with Directv

    • ndcart

      Yeah, I’m tired of that. I assume the holdup lies with Direct, but who knows.

  • Mike

    How come you need cable to watch shows on the ABC app for the Apple TV? The ABC app works on the iPad and I don’t have cable. I always use airplay to stream the shows to the TV.