Apple TV and the History Channel

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Silas1066, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Silas1066 macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    The History Channel is really making things difficult for me

    I have premium cable through Comcast (Xfinity), the History app is available within Apple TV, and if you select a show, it asks you to authorize your device and gives you a code.

    If you go to, Comcast/Xfinity is not listed as a provider.

    If you try and use the History Channel App on your iPad and send it to your tv via Airplay, you can't. That functionality is disabled.

    Is the History Channel in some kind of dispute with Apple? Is there any way around this?
  2. rusty2192 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    It sounds like a disagreement between History and Comcast. I don't see how Apple plays into this at all. Also, the app developers are the ones that set whether video from an app can be airplayed.
  3. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I'm pretty bummed because of this. I use Comcast at my main residence and my AppleTV elsewhere. I really like channels like the history channel. Makes me want to switch back to Fios just to get this working on my Apple TV.

    I hope they eventually come to some sort of a agreement.
  4. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    I had Fios and switched (back) to Comcast.

    Now I lost History Channel (I think A&E might also be lost) *That Stinks*

    Also, my inhume WiFi /connecting to iTunes/Apple on AppleTV is MUCH MUCH slower.

    Fios speeds for my internet was aroun 45mbps...with Comcast I can get anywhere from 45-120 depending on the device but AppleTV is considerable slower.

  5. mrholder macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2009
    I don't have an Apple TV, but would like one. So with the apps, you used to be able to stream shows on demand from History and A&E, but the apps are gone? Not sure how the "channels" work on Apple TV.
  6. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Sounds like the apps are there but the web page you're asked to go to in order to authenticate your cable subscription isn't allowing their provider to authorize.
  7. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Ya'll - don't fret about not getting the History Channel on an ATV. It blows - big, hairy & slimy, green & brown chunks.

    I've got Comcast and DirecTV accounts for my urban and rural needs. I have signed in to the ATV History DirecTV app, and am pretty disappointed - lots of "clips" and no episodes on several "channels", most "channels" have all of the seasons available but only 2-4 episodes per channel, some "channels" have some free and mostly locked content. And, so much of the History (read A&E TV) content is reality TV.

    Take the Top Gear show - almost all of the seasons have content available - pretty much ALL "clips" 2-3 minutes in length.

    The History TV content is generally crap, and you're not missing much. I hid the channel, it was a waste of my time getting it activated. :mad::mad::mad:

    If there's anything you'd want from the SHIsTory Channel - it's not in this app.
  8. hudsonlowboy macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    I wanted to publish a workaround to activate AppleTV Channels (like history channel that does not list comcast as a provider on their site)- I have tested it and it works, as of December 31st 2014.

    Tested using appleTV ONLY - (I will use the history channel as an example)

    1) First, login to your comcast account
    2) On the AppleTV > Select History Channel > Settings > Sign in to Provider > Note Activation Code
    3) Replace the following URL with the Requester ID (Channel) and it's corresponding domain name below.
    4) Go To URL In Browser
    4) Wait about 10 seconds and appletv will say: "Success! Your TV Provider account has successfully linked to the HISTORY apple TV App. Happy Viewing" WITH ACTIVATION CODE&noflash=true&mso_id=Comcast_SSO&requestor_id=REPLACE WITH ID&domain_name=REPLACE WITH DOMAIN&redirect_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.REPLACE WITH DOMAIN%2Factivate%3Fdevice%3Dappletv

    Requester ID's Domain Name


  9. mlody macrumors 6502a

    Nov 11, 2012
    Windy City
    I can confirm that this work around works just fine.
  10. swh macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Worked for me !!!!

    Thanks for this workaround. Happily watching the History Channel on my AppleTV!

    Thank you!!!
  11. monst macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2011
    Is their a similar workaround for Tennis Channel Everywhere? I have the Tennis Channel, but am really bummed I can't access Tennis Channel Everywhere on my AppleTV
  12. Skiman_Bermuda macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2015

    Do you know anyone willing to activate some channels for me, as I don't live in the US but have a Apple TV but can't watch all the channels I want? I am will to pay per channel if need be.

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