Live TV Network Streaming Apps

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by bigpatky, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. bigpatky, Apr 25, 2016
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2016

    bigpatky macrumors regular

    bigpatky

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    There is already a similar topic but it seemed focused only on streaming your own tuners to the Apple TV rather than individual app based streaming. I thought it would be useful to groupsource a list of tv networks that offer live streaming through an app on the Apple TV.

    It seems that there are three ways to stream live networks - authentication (i.e. ESPN networks), subscription (i.e. CBS All Access), and hardware based (HD Homerun + Channels app). Some networks overlap.

    Here's what I know. Please offer any corrections or additions or at least point me to a more appropriate thread if this has already been covered.

    Subscription
    CBS All Access
    HBO Now*
    Showtime Anytime
    Sling TV

    Authentication
    WatchESPN**
    WatchABC***
    CNN
    HBOGo*
    Showtime Anytime
    HGTV
    Travel Channel
    Food Network
    Disney Channel
    Disney Jr
    Disney XD
    Discovery Channel
    TLC
    Animal Planet
    Investigation Discovery
    American Heroes Channel
    Destination America
    Science Channel
    Discovery Life
    Velocity
    FX
    FXX
    FXM
    Cooking channel
    DIY
    Free Form (ABC Family)
    NBCSN*****
    TBS
    TNT
    Fox Sports


    Although the above networks do require cable subscription, it may still be useful for many as an alternative to a traditional cable box method of viewing live tv as many use this as a way to cut costs on multiple cable boxes in a home or share logins with friends or family.

    Hardware based
    Channels (HDHomeRun)

    Free
    ABC News
    HSN
    BYUtv

    Unavailable (Major network or live streaming available on other devices)
    SlingPlayer (hardware based)
    Playstation Vue****
    FoxNow
    NBC
    TWC TV
    Dish Anywhere
    DirecTV
    Pac-12 Now
    BTN

    There are dozens of other networks that offer no methods of live streaming outside of the new "online slim bundles". The networks listed above may offer streaming outside of the Apple TV app store or may have AirPlay enabled.

    *Partially (most episodes become available to stream a few minutes after live TV starts)
    **Cable authentication or authentication through non-cable sources such as Sling or Vue. ESPN streaming networks include ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNews, SECN, LHN, ESPN3, and ESPN events on ABC
    ***Select markets (Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco)
    ****Subscription may offer streaming to most channels along with authentication to applicable apps
    *****Live streaming during select events
     
  2. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

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    Authentication
    Cooking channel
    DIY
    Free Form (abc family)
     
  3. cmmncw macrumors newbie

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    I would add NBCSN to the authentication category but with a caveat. A live stream is offered in the app when there is a live event. For example, I watched a live feed of the Stanely Cup playoffs last night. No live stream is offered when the channel is airing non-live content.
     
  4. bigpatky thread starter macrumors regular

    bigpatky

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    I did not know that. Could've been of use to me a few times. Thanks.
     
  5. cmmncw macrumors newbie

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    I wrote up a channel availability cheat sheet by channel owner and category.
     

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