NBC has updated its iPhone and iPad apps on Wednesday to include live streaming television, following in the paths of ABC and CBS. NBC had originally rolled out its “TV Everywhere” product on the web, but now it’s available on iOS, bringing the content to your iPhone and iPad.

There’s a catch, however, on who will be able to stream the NBC content. You’ll need a participating cable or satellite provider’s login, and for now, it only seems limited to local stations that NBC actually owns instead of affiliates, until some kind of agreement is worked out.

Live content streaming is available over Wi-Fi and network connections, with support for AirPlay if you want to beam content over to your Apple TV. NBC has also updated it with continuous watching so you can pick up where you left off, and enhanced search.

If your local provider doesn’t work with the NBC app for live streaming, you can still view some older full television episodes, including The A-Team, Miami Vice, Knight Rider and a few others.

You can download the updated NBC from the iTunes App Store for free.

Source: NBC (iTunes) via Engadget

  • therealjjohnson

    Just downloaded it. I don’t see where the live streaming is.

  • jackdonner

    cbs $hitheads charge $6/month to allow live streaming. it’s free on nbc and abc apps if you have cable subscription.

    • Byron C Mayes

      How much is abc or nbc if you *don’t* have a cable subscription?

  • Byron C Mayes

    Why would an OTA broadcaster require you to have a cable subscription to view OTA content live? I still don’t get that.

    I can get it free with an antenna, why not this way?

    • Aaron M.

      Wait…so you object to their method if generating revenue? How bizarre.

      • Byron C Mayes

        The OTA broadcaster doesn’t get revenue from requiring a cable provider login. They get revenue from ads. That’s short for “advertisements” in case you didn’t know, and they are short informational video messages through which an “advertiser” attempts to encourage a “consumer” to purchase its “product” or “service.” These “ads” remain part of the “live stream” “content” delivered via tablet, just as they would during “live broadcasting” OTA.

        Nice try though. Okay actually it was a stupid try. In a battle of wits, you’re completely unarmed.