A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime Channels Added to Apple TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today has added new channels from A&E Networks to its Apple TV, including A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime. Select Apple TV owners will be able to watch episodes from popular TV shows such as Duck Dynasty, Storage Wars, and Project Runway.

    These new channels on the Apple TV offer a preview to all users, but full content is only available to cable television subscribers. Currently, the service is available to customers who subscribe to DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Cablevision Optimum, with support for additional providers coming in the near future.

    The addition of these channels is part of a larger push by A&E Networks to expand their content beyond broadcast TV. Earlier this month, the network updated both its A&E [iTunes Link] and History Channel apps [iTunes Link], letting iOS owners stream live episodes of popular shows to their iPhone or iPad. Similar to the Apple TV, this iOS-based live streaming requires a valid cable subscription.

    Article Link: A&E, History Channel, and Lifetime Channels Added to Apple TV
  2. Davmeister macrumors 6502


    May 7, 2009
    Wow. I'm in the UK and its not too bad here, I'm just not sure how those US Apple TVs are managing to cope with the silly number of channels they have! Navigating must be a nightmare!
  3. 0815 macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2010
    here and there but not over there
    It is really getting time for a new UI ... getting way to cluttered and not well integrated.
  4. Goldex, Apr 21, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

    Goldex macrumors member

    May 15, 2009
    Keep 'em coming, Apple! Next: Spotlight!!

  5. simonb76 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2007
  6. iBlazed, Apr 21, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2014

    iBlazed macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2014
    New Jersey, United States
    Men are terrible and WILL hurt you because this is Lifetime.
  7. Lord Hamsa macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2013
    Hopefully in before the "why do I need a cable subscription?" complaints.

    The model is what it is, and will take time to alter. Putting the infrastructure in place to potentially allow ala carte programming is a good thing. Yes, for now, it's tied to your cable provider, but over time, it's possible that some or all may go with independent subscriptions, depending on contract terms with the cable/satellite companies.

    That said, I will whine about Apple needing a proper "App Store" for ATV channels, and opening that up to 3rd-party developers if they really want to get this ball rolling.
  8. Traverse macrumors 603


    Mar 11, 2013
    If they could only speed up the interface and navigation....

    Although the iOS remote app does help. Whoever designed that tediously thin aluminum remote should be fired.

    Still, the history channel can be quite interesting.
  9. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    I think the second part is unnecessary. Everybody already knows that.
  10. guzhogi macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    I agree, an app store for the :apple:TV would be great. There are so many channels that I don't use.

    One question though: I've never used one of these channels before. Do I have to enter my cable service for each one individually, or can I just go to Settings and put it in once? It would really help if I just had to enter my info once and it'll work for all channels.
  11. sfwalter macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2004
    Dallas Texas
    Great so the 8 hours a week History channel isn't showing Pawn Stars I will still be able to get my Pawn Stars fix.
  12. slagathor001 macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    Why no Showtime Anywhere?

    For the TV/movie apps I only really use Netflix, Hulu (on occasion), HBO GO and smithsonian sometimes. Would definitely use showtime anywhere if it was on the Apple TV!
  13. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop

    Frankly, none of this matters to me as long as it requires a paid cable subscription.
  14. AppleHater macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    Another step toward no cable tv and Internet tv instead.
  15. Hairllama macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2013
    Very little point to adding this clutter to the AppleTV when cable subscriptions are required, but a number of large cable providers are not on board. To me it seems like the point of being able to have the content on the AppleTV would be to get around having a cable subscription.
  16. theheadguy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    The icon reflections look tacky when overlayed with text.
  17. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    if i had the cable subscription required to access this content, i more than likely wouldn't be using these apple tv channels. what a hindrance
  18. ChrisCW11 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2011
    Yay, more crap I can't watch

    Apple turned a hobby into a joke, another front end to OLD Big-Telco's monopolistic overpriced subscription model, which I guess fits nicely in with Apple's greedy fascist tendencies.

    I guess Cable lobbyists are way more powerful then Apple's ability to innovate and create a product that might allow use to cut the cord.
  19. crashzero macrumors member


    Jun 9, 2009
    Get AMC & Showtime (maybe FX?) and we're cooking
  20. tomimorillo macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    There's no activation link for Xfinity customers on History! WTF???:confused:
  21. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    and how else are the shows supposed to be paid for?

    a la carte is fine for people who watch one or two shows
  22. Yelmurc macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
  23. guzhogi macrumors 68020


    Aug 31, 2003
    Wherever my feet take me…
    Scientists have found a potential way to procreate without men:


    Old article, but still interesting.
  24. cheezehead macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2012
    Well, it's there... 1/2 baked. Missing the majority of providers and subscription-only. I'll take the History channel on my Roku, no subscription required for some shows and available the day after it airs.
  25. Rogifan macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2011
    These new apps don't have that hideous faux glass look to them which is nice. But yes the UI does need an overhaul and I'll be disappointed if something isn't announced at WWDC.

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