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Apple TV gets A&E, History, Lifetime app channels

updated 12:01 pm EDT, Mon April 21, 2014

Follows shortly after live streaming support on iPad

Via a silent update, Apple has added three channels from A&E Networks to the Apple TV. These include A&E itself, as well as History and Lifetime. In general the apps simply provide access to episodes from their respective TV shows, but Lifetime also includes its signature original movies. As with Apple's other recent channel adds, a cable subscription and carrier that supports the addition is required.

The latest Apple TV update follows just days after A&E added live streaming to a pair of its iPad apps. That may indicate that the companies recently concluded rights negotiations, as well as any necessary collaboration in the development process.

by MacNN Staff




  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    This continues to get better for Apple TV, even for those of us who may soon be "stuck" w/ old versions 2 & 3.

  1. devospice

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-29-00

    So, do you have to have a cable subscription to use these channels?

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    To answer your question, yes. I'm not sure why that wasn't included in the article, I'll add that caveat in there.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Actually, chas_m, it does NOT require a cable subscription for these 3 latest channels. Unlike ESPN, Hulu or ABC, access to these A&E channels content does not ask you first to select your cable provider. It's more similar to other channels like PBS or Red Bull.

    Now the live streaming on the iOS device probably requires a cable subscription...not sure since I don't have that app installed.

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