Access to CBS, ABC, CNN, etc

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Slevin, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. Slevin macrumors regular

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    I have an appleTV and a cable subscription how do I get access to CNN programming ETC via the AppleTV? Is my cable subscription tied to access to some of this programming?
     
  2. frankdogg macrumors regular

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    yes, you have to log-in to each app. It'll give you a code to enter on their specific websites.
     
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    This. Once you open the app on your ATV it will prompt you to go to a website (hbonow.com/activate for example). A code is displayed on the Apple TV. Once you enter the code on the website you then login with your details (cable company login or personal login in my above example).


    It is annoying you have to do it for each app.
     
  4. machpost macrumors 6502

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    CBS is one exception. You can't authenticate it with a cable subscription; you need to sign up for CBS All Access, for a separate monthly fee.
     
  5. frankdogg macrumors regular

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    This is true. It's a good option for cable cutters by bad for those who already have subscription service
     
  6. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I thought I was missing something. I have all the major network apps working except this one. Why would you double pay CBS since I'm paying DTV a fortune already. Are people actually signing up for that with all the others based on signing into your provider?
     
  7. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Doubtful. The people paying for the standalone service are probably cord cutters. Those with cable are probably relying on on-demand style service.
     
  8. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    I pay for it and I have a cable subscription. My reason is that I want to drop all of my cable boxes including DVR's. So the $6 is worth it when when I look at how much I am paying for cable boxes. I just wish they would offer no commercial option much like Hulu with no commercials.
    On a side note I also use the Channels App with a HDHomeRun Prime Network Turner.
     
  9. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, but how is $6/month remotely worth it, for one channel that you're already paying for with your cable subscription.. and the one already available OTA at no cost? At this point - you're just basically giving your money to the network.
     
  10. d21mike macrumors 68040

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    I spend about $70 per month on CABLE Boxes including the DVR Service Fee. I want to watch CBS Live and on demand via the Apple TV. I am unable to do that if I do not pay the $6. So you do the math. $70 vs. $6. I also have Hulu with no commercials for $12 per month. As I said before if I can drop the $70 per month I can use part of it to apply to other things. Pretty easy for me. Love the new Apple TV 4 as the only box on all of my TV's. I do get CBS Live via Channels App but without a DVR I can not watch on my schedule.
     
  11. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    yes and no.... Some CBS affiliates will let you authenticate without purchasing a separate CBS All Access subscription.
     
  12. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

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    So true. Although not "on demand" like everyone has become accustomed to, it's amazing how many people do not realize that you can go to Wal-mart and get a cheap RCA digital antenna and get free, digital, OTA, HD versions of all of the local channels for most areas.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    but you have to use your laptop/computer IIRC. The CBS app is only for the standalone service.
     
  14. machpost macrumors 6502

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    How does that work? I can't see anywhere on the CBS All Access site where it's possible to authenticate without purchasing the monthly package.
     
  15. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Read the post above yours
     
  16. machpost macrumors 6502

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    I did. I don't see anything about authenticating with a provider or local affiliate on the CBS All Access site.
     
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    He meant my post. Where I said you can only authenticate with a provider from a laptop/PC. The CBS all access app is ONLY for the stand alone service.
     
  18. machpost macrumors 6502

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    That's what I mean. I'm looking at the CBS All Access website on an iMac right now, and even after going through the account creation process, I can't seem to find the option to authenticate with a provider.
     
  19. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    The real issue for cord cutters is not every over the air channel is available. I live in the orlando area. I get every channel (doesn't matter if cheap or expensive antenna) except ABC.

    I mapped out the location of the HD broadcast location. And unfortunately ABC is around 30 miles from my house in northern suburbs of orlando. The ABC broadcast is on east side of orlando.

    I guess I could buy a horrible looking high power rooftop antenna to get abc. But that probably takes away at the looks of the house and th Florida nazi HOA probably would frown upon it.
     
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Just use CBS.com

    If you go to watch something that requires a login it will prompt you.
     
  21. machpost macrumors 6502

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    Thank you!
     

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