Tag - Channels
The fourth-generation Apple TV has gained a new "splash screen" that greets viewers on power-up, showing off "What's New" with the device, including the promotion of a feature called "Live Tune-In," where user can simply say "Watch CBS" to be immediately taken to the CBS app to join the program in progress. Channels mentioned as being able to be watched live include CBS, Disney XD, and ESPN Live, while other channels that offer live content are not mentioned, but may be available depending on whether the user is subscribed to a cable service that supports the channel apps.
Supporting rumors that Apple was at one time hoping to offer its own low-priced package of TV channels that would not require a cable TV subscription, ESPN President John Skipper has revealed that his network is still working with Apple on trying to create "a great television experience" but has been "frustrated" by its inability to secure deals with networks and content creators. He told the Wall Street Journal that he did not expect to see an Apple package being offered in 2016.
Apple has added a handful of new channels to Apple TV units in the US, Canada, the UK, French- and German-speaking regions in Europe, and Australia today. Starting immediately, US owners can now watch CBS Sports (which does not require a cable subscription login) or USA Now, which does require a login. In Canada, viewers will now see either CraveTV (if they are Bell subscribers) or Showmi (for Rogers or Shaw cable customers). Other countries have also received different new channels.
BlackBerry is rolling out its social network-style content feeds to BlackBerry OS devices today. The announcement that BBM Channels is leaving beta comes at the same time as reports that the company has struck deals with a number of Android smartphone producers to have the messaging platform preinstalled on devices.