Apple Adds WatchESPN, HBO GO, Sky News, and More to Apple TV

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    Apple today announced a software update for its Apple TV set-top box adding new channels including WatchESPN and HBO GO. The update also brings live streaming of the UK's Sky News, as well as anime site Crunchyroll and music concert and documentary streaming service Qello.
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    WatchESPN and HBO GO require that customers be subscribed to appropriate cable TV services, while Sky News offers free live streams and numerous video clips to users in the US, UK, and Ireland.

    Crunchyroll offers a free 7-day trial to its Anime service, with subscriptions priced at $6.99/month. A more extensive All-Access membership is available for $11.99/month. Qello offers a free 7-day trial to its service, with subscriptions priced at $4.99/month for unlimited access to its library of concerts and music documentaries.

    It was reported over a year ago that Apple was in talks to bring WatchESPN to the Apple TV, while claims of HBO GO talks surfaced earlier this year.

    The update arrives as Apple TV software version 5.3 and is available now for the second- and third-generation Apple TV.

    As part of its press release, Apple also disclosed new statistics on iTunes Store video usage, noting that users have purchased over a billion TV episodes and 380 million movies, with current rates of over 800,000 TV episodes and over 350,000 movies per day.

    Article Link: Apple Adds WatchESPN, HBO GO, Sky News, and More to Apple TV
     
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    It's a shame that HBO Go is cable subscriber only.
     
  5. HarryKeogh macrumors 6502a

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    Just frickin' awesome! :D

    But no Amazon instant. :(
     
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    Watch ESPN is such a joke not working with Dish or DirecTV. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yeah, what's the theory here?

    One can enjoy watching HBO on the same TV as before but with a different remote?

    Snazzy!
     
  9. NathanBot macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I have been waiting a long time for HBO GO on my :apple:TV
     
  10. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    Does it work if you're a DirecTV or Dish subscriber?
     
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    Super easy workaround ... Just ask a friend who subscribes to cable and has HBO to let you use his login.
     
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    Yeah!! Now add Amazon instant and we're in business!
     
  13. Jack Delgado macrumors regular

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    Lets be honest guys, this is pretty much like having an App Store for the Apple TV with a couple compromises:

    -Eddy Cue manages the account for all of us.
    -We don't really get a choice over what apps are downloaded.

    Perfect.
     
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    They're moving in the right direction, just doing it very slowly.
     
  15. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    HBO GO is all on-demand content. Every movie currently shown by HBO, and every episode of every series they've made, available on demand.
     
  16. Plutonius macrumors 604

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    Never going to happen :).
     
  17. UnfetteredMind macrumors 6502

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    You took the words out of my mouth :) Great to see more content added, still waiting for Amazon ...
     
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    I know it does for DirecTV
     
  19. stampax macrumors member

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    All nice - still such a strange device for apple = kind of like "we care a bit about this, but not that much". They could make it SO SO good if they wanted to as well!
     
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    You have instant access to all their movies and every season of their original programming. That's something.
     
  22. jklps macrumors regular

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    You can watch all the shows through AppleTv now on demand, which is preferable to me over using my cable box...
     
  23. mslide macrumors 6502a

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    Whatever. Still sucks that you have to be a cable subscriber to use it.
     

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