Yesterday Apple announced its Apple TV set top box is getting more channel apps. Channel apps include HBO Go, WatchESPN, Crnchyroll, Sky News, and Qello. But there are a few caveats.
You’ll need a cable subscription for HBO and ESPN to work. DirectTV or Charter subscribers won’t be able to use HBO GO, and the ESPN app won’t work if you’re a Dish or DriecTV subscriber. Not a whole lot here for cord cutters. HBO Go does have previews, and ESPN has some videos, but no live streaming without cable.
Everyone will be able to watch Sky News live. With a paid subscription, you can watch the anime service Crunchyroll, and the on-demand HD music concert and documentaries on Qello. Just fire up your Apple TV and check for updates, and after Apple TV restarts, you’ll have access to the new channel apps.
While still a far cry from the amount of channels available on the Roku, these additional apps should definitely be welcomed by Apple TV owners.
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