CBS All Access was mentioned by Apple executives as a launch partner for the new Apple TV Channels feature during the company’s services-focused March event. The broadcaster’s video service was supposed to be integrated at launch, but mysteriously missed the deadline. According to CBS itself, Apple TV Channels is now arriving next Monday, July 29.
That’s according to the service’s official Twitter account.
“Thank you again for your interest,” reads CBS’s now-deleted tweet, published Thursday. “We wanted to update you and let you know that the CBS All Access Channel will launch on Apple TV Channels on 7/29! Happy streaming!”
Apple TV Channels brings content subscriptions to the TV app.
This feature brings a new à la carte option allowing people who use Apple’s TV app on their iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV to separately sign up for supported third-party video subscription services that they’d like to watch.. Unlike with video-streaming apps, subscribing to an Apple TV Channel is possible without having to download a service’s streaming app. Moreover, all content available in Apple TV Channels is hosted on Apple’s servers and individual shows can be downloaded for offline viewing.
The Apple TV Channels feature released in May as part of the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 updates with launch support for Showtime ($11 per month), Starz ($9 per month), Smithsonian Channel ($5 per month) and Tastemade ($5 pre month), with other supported channels including Cinemax, EPIX, Lifetime Movie Club, Sundance Now and UMC. Upcoming services include Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault and Comedy Central Now.
Everything you can access in a compatible service’s iOS/tvOS app is available via the Channels feature. For instance, you get the very same library of TV shows and movies at your disposal whether you sign up for HBO NOW through its official app or via Apple TV Channels.