updated 11:30 am EDT, Tue August 26, 2014
Live streaming locked to authenticated subscription
In addition to an updated iTunes Festival app, the Apple TV has also been refreshed with Showtime Anytime, an app for the Showtime TV network. While some episodes are available on-demand for free, full use of the app -- including live streaming -- requires authenticating a subscription with compatible providers. That list includes AT&T U-Verse, Bright House, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, Optimum, Time Warner, Verizon FiOS, and a number of regional firms.
Some hosted shows include Californication, Dexter, Homeland, and The Tudors. During the past year, Apple has been greatly increasing the number of apps on the Apple TV, likely in response to competition from devices like the Roku and the Chromecast, and its own long-term plans.