Apple TV Adds Apps for Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney, and Smithsonian Channel

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    Apple today added several new apps to the Apple TV, including the previously reported Vevo music video channel. Other new additions include a dedicated app for The Weather Channel, an app for the Smithsonian Channel, as well as two Disney television apps: Disney Channel and Disney XD.

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    Vevo has issued a press release announcing its arrival on the Apple TV, noting that it brings access to the site's library of 75,000 music videos.
    The Weather Channel app offers current conditions and forecasts for a variety of locations, as well as access to featured stories and Weather Channel shows.

    The Smithsonian Channel offers on-demand access to streams of full episodes from the television channel, while the Disney Channel and Disney XD apps offer live and on-demand access with authentication through select television providers. Currently supported providers for the Disney apps include AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Midcontinent Communications, Optimum, and Verizon FiOS.

    All of the new apps are available in the U.S., while availability in other countries varies. We're hearing that in many other countries Vevo is the only addition.

    Update: Apple has updated its "What's on Apple TV" page to include the new apps, as well as a mention that iTunes Radio is coming soon.

    Article Link: Apple TV Adds Apps for Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney, and Smithsonian Channel
     
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    Apple is getting quick with these Apple TV updates. If only I watched TV.

    Seriously though, it's great to see. I've always thought that cheap little box powered by great software is the way to go, as opposed to making an all-in-one television set. Those rumors have seemed to die down quite a bit, though.
     
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    So I take it that the Weather and Smithsonian channels do not need a cable subscription?
     
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    i hope Vevo does not check the IP just like the app on the iPad/iPhone .. :D
     
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    Seeing More Attention going to Apple TV has been great. Still wish it was open to application developers.....

    Hopefully this update fixes my constant AppleTV errors with Netflix in the past couple weeks. Getting tired of having to go to the MacMini to watch from web :/ .
     
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    They do not.
     
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    I really like how we've seen new Apple TV Apps in the past couples months but it would be so much better if there was an App Store were you could download the apps you want and developers could be constantly updating them.
     
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    This is great! I wish the companies who already stream online would join in (CNN as an example). All I need is Discovery/NatGeo and I'm sold.
     
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    Awesome update! But those Disney icons are U-G-L-Y.
     
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    Does the Disney XD channel consist of Miley Cyrus twerking?
     
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    The only remaining services the Apple TV needs are Amazon Prime Instant Video and maybe an app store.
     
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    I wish there was a way to hide unused/unwanted apps. I will never watch Disney, especially since I don't have a cable subscription to log in for it.
     
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    Sweet! I know what what I'll be checking out later after work.
     
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    Apple has got to be working on opening up the AppleTV to user-installable apps.

    Then again, if they really were, they would have held onto these apps and announced them at the next media event.
     
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    Would love an NBC Sports app to watch the football.

    Plex app would be great also, but that's a stretch.
     
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    Wow, so many icons on the menu screen.

    I like.
     
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    You can hide them if you activate parental controls under general settings
     
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    there is... you just go to the parental controls section and select 'hide' for them.
     
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    I'm less interested in an AppleTV "app store" and more interested in seeing if adding these "authentication required" channels is just a step toward making the same channels(and more to come, I hope) available as direct subscriptions without an associated cable account in the future.
     
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    there is. its somewhere in the settings. I think under parental controls?
     
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    In Regards to the Weather Channel, hopefully it is more than simple selectable pre-recorded forecasts for your area.
     
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    Disney Channel is a good place to watch who the next hot mess will be. :D

    Excited about the additions for sure. Just expanding on the ATV is always good.
     
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    Is Miley on Vevo or Disney?
     
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    Plexconnect hooks you up with your plex server. It works externally (i.e. no jailbreak or hack), hijacking the trailers app. Works quite well.
     
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    I too wish they would open it to user installed apps. The Berlin philharmonic digital concert hall is a real gem and it would be nice to not have to use the iPad app and mirror.
     

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