updated 10:41 am EDT, Tue June 24, 2014
Limited to watching clips, special feeds
(Updated with channels from PBS, AOl, Willow) Apple has silently updated the Apple TV with a new app channel, ABC News. It doesn't require authentication with a cable provider, but live content is limited to feeds already available on abcnews.com. The bulk of the app is dedicated to clips, broken up into categories like Top Stories, and topics such as the 2014 World Cup or the ISIS takeover of Iraq.
ABC is one of the most prolific networks on the Apple TV, currently up to six apps. This is because ABC is owned by Disney, which has a long-standing relationship with Apple thanks to Steve Jobs. Jobs was at one point in charge of Pixar; the Disney buyout of Pixar put Jobs on Disney's board and made him the company's most powerful individual shareholder. Disney CEO Bob Iger is now on the Apple board of directors.
Update: Apple has also added three other channels: PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow. The first includes access to shows like Arthur and Sesame Street. AOL On mixes content from sources like the New York Times, Martha Stewart, and ESPN. Willow covers international cricket matches.