updated 11:26 am EST, Wed December 11, 2013
Apple TV gets wave of new content
The Apple TV set-top device got a wave of new content on Wednesday, with Bloomberg TV making its debut on the Apple streaming device, alongside a number of other new channels. As well as the new Bloomberg app, Apple TV owners will now have access to Crackle, Watch ABC, and KORTV. The apps should be available now via a background update.
Speaking with 9to5Mac, Bloomberg's head of mobile, Oke Okaro said that the Bloomberg TV app's content is largely what would be found on its website and in its mobile apps, but optimized for a larger screen. The app will be the first on Apple TV to provide a 24-hour live stream of business news, and that content will be available for free.
Additionally, Bloomberg is working on a forthcoming upgrade for the app, scheduled for release in the next few weeks. That update will allow users to sign into a Bloomberg account on any device and create playlists. Those playlists will be persistent across iOS devices, meaning users can start on the Apple TV, continue on the iPhone, and finish up on the iPad.
Also popping up on Apple's set-top box were Sony's Crackle service, which offers a number of television shows and movies without subscription cost, and KORTV, which gives access to a range of Korean-based content. The new Watch ABC app gives access to that channel's broadcast programming, but it requires a subscription to a service provider, such as AT&T, Comcast, Verizon FIOS, Google Fiber, or another supported provider.