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Apple on Wednesday issued an update for its Apple TV set-top box, adding HBO Go, WatchESPN, Sky News and other channels to the home screen for new, integrated streaming video options.

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The free Apple TV software version 5.3 update is now available for download for second- and third-generation Apple TV devices. Other content providers included in the update are Crunchyroll and Qello.

"HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV," said Eddy Cue, Apple?s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store."

The new options join established programming partners Hulu Plus, Netflix, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, Vimeo, YouTube, Flickr, and The Wall Street Journal.

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HGO Go requires a paid cable subscription to HBO. The streaming service offers users access to original HBO programming, movies, sports, documentaries, comedy specials and more.

WatchESPN includes live sports content from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line for those who already receive ESPN's networks as part of their subscription through affiliated providers. Also included with WatchESPN are original shows like E:60, Outside the Lines, SC Featured, Sports Science and others.

Sky News offers live news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to users in the U.S., U.K. and Ireland. In addition to the live feed, users can catch up on specific stories via the network's on-demand news library.

Crunchyroll is a video service for Japanese anime and Asian media. With the new channel, users will be able to watch the latest high-definition shows one hour after they air in Japan.

Qello isn on-demand streaming service for high-definition concerts and music documentaries. Free and paid subscriptions are both available.
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"Apple on Wednesday issued an update for its Apple TV set-top box IN THE USA, adding HBO Go and WatchESPN channels to the home screen for new streaming video options FOR THEIR AMERICAN CUSTOMERS."

Fixed so it's less insulting.
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Been waiting for this.
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Still waiting for BBC iPlayer. 1frown.gif

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"Apple on Wednesday issued an update for its Apple TV set-top box IN THE USA, adding HBO Go and WatchESPN channels to the home screen for new streaming video options FOR THEIR AMERICAN CUSTOMERS."

Fixed so it's less insulting.
Hmm....I didn't know sky news was American...
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If only the HBO Go App didn't require a cable subscription...

Why doesn't HBO set up their own paid subscription service, for those of us who would like to cut cable TV?
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I dont own an Apple TV rigth now, so someone please tell me if the canadian version has TMNGO, which is the equivalent of HBOGO

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'HBO Go requires a paid cable subscription to HBO'

 

Pathetic dinosaurs.

 

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones

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Slowly building out content & consolidating more overall TV control. Be nice if they added an iMac to the little black TV box.
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If only the HBO Go App didn't require a cable subscription...

Why doesn't HBO set up their own paid subscription service, for those of us who would like to cut cable TV?

I agree. I've cut the cord and get the little bit of broadcast television I actually watch over a digital antenna. I would happily pay for HBO and Showtime if I didn't have to get the rest of the bloated package. Till then, I'll be illegally downloading Dexter, True Blood, etc., etc.

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Hmm....I didn't know sky news was American...

He did edit that out, after all.

And it wasn't insulting in the first place. That should just be assumed at this point. Obviously the world isn't going to get this stuff.

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'HBO Go requires a paid cable subscription to HBO'


Pathetic dinosaurs.


http://theoatmeal.com/comics/game_of_thrones
At least it works for people who have satellite TV, unlike WatchESPN. 1rolleyes.gif
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This is a good addition for the Apple TV. All of the networks that have iPad apps should be pushing to get on the Apple TV. It is a much better experience than having to deal with Airplay, etc.

As for the options to get Pay Channels on the Apple TV without a cable subscription. That's not going to happen until someone forces it. The Pay channels are too worried about upsetting the cable companies, which represent much more revenue than the potential from online only subscriptions. At least for today...
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He did edit that out, after all.

And it wasn't insulting in the first place. That should just be assumed at this point. Obviously the world isn't going to get this stuff.
I don't know, we pay a LOT more for the Apple TV here in the UK (currently a 25% mark up!!!!!) so why would it be unreasonable to expect Apple to get off their butts & sign up other content deals worldwide for local Apple TV content?

Of course they could just release the App Store for the Apple TV & all of these very valid complaints would disappear over night.
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I don't want them to just keep adding channels all over the place. I want a channel store and the ability to add or subtract channels as I desire from that store.

 

This isn't rocket science Apple. Make it happen.

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Was waiting for HBO to go on the ATV. Updated software and there the icon was! Go to activate the device and guess what? If DirecTV is your provider you can't use HBO Go on the ATV! Totally useless! WTH is the difference between using it on XBox 360 (allowed) vs ATV? Quite annoying.....

 

Has anyone else found a way to use it with a DirecTV subscription?

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For some reason I can no longer access photo albums via the Computer sub-menu on the Apple TV. Even the on-screen instruction on what to do to fix it doesn't match up with reality. This was before this new update. Hope it fixes it.
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I don't want them to just keep adding channels all over the place. I want a channel store and the ability to add or subtract channels as I desire from that store.

This isn't rocket science Apple. Make it happen.
No, it isn't rocket science, rocket science is much easier than dealing with the Byzantine world of video content.
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Watch ESPN adds nothing to the app. The catch being affiliated providers. Even if your TV source carries the ESPNs, you can't watch live programming unless your provider is paying a spiff to ESPN.

DirecTV subscribers have been griping about this since Day 1 of the app. The addition to Apple TV is the same. I can watch ESPN live on DirecTV; but, not on my Apple TV. Their D* contract doesn't include the spiff.
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I would happily pay for HBO and Showtime if I didn't have to get the rest of the bloated package.

 

I know! The other day I went to buy a bus pass and the clerk said, "that'll be £15,000." I thought, "what?" She told me, "a bus pass costs £15,000, it comes with a car." I told her I didn't want a car, I had no use for a car and didn't even have a driver's license, that all I wanted was a bus pass. She said, "fine, £15,000 is the cost of the bus pass, the car comes with it regardless."

 

Doubtful any pro-consumer legislation will ever come about (or that anyone will apply anti-trust laws to them), but there will be a tipping point where these cable operators lose some of their power and companies like HBO have more freedom to do as they choose - I'm sure they lose out on people *not* buying the whole package and would like to being somehow to address the people like you who only want one or a few channels and not every style, home DIY or god channel out there.

 

And as RichL above says, when do we get iPlayer on this lovely little box??

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No, it isn't rocket science, rocket science is much easier than dealing with the Byzantine world of video content.

I don't see why, if they release an app/channel store then the content providers themselves get to jump over any legal hurdles. BBC iPlayer etc etc is on the App Store for the iPhone & iPad no reason at all that it can't be on the Apple TV.

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There was a rumor not too long ago that HBO will be releasing a subscription option free of needing a cable subscription...This would be awesome if it came true.
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They need to add NFL to their sports lineup.
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I dont own an Apple TV rigth now, so someone please tell me if the canadian version has TMNGO, which is the equivalent of HBOGO

Doubt it.
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I agree. I've cut the cord and get the little bit of broadcast television I actually watch over a digital antenna. I would happily pay for HBO and Showtime if I didn't have to get the rest of the bloated package. Till then, I'll be illegally downloading Dexter, True Blood, etc., etc.

They're on Netflix.
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They need to add NFL to their sports lineup.

And Formula One! I would gladly pay to watch F1 on my iPad or iMac.

 

Anyone know how to watch F1 online? :)

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If only the HBO Go App didn't require a cable subscription...

Why doesn't HBO set up their own paid subscription service, for those of us who would like to cut cable TV?

Because their existing deals are more lucrative. It'll get there. Give it time.

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pretty much all the complaints here can be put under "don't kill the messenger."

 

Apple TV et al is the delivery medium.  A franchise for these content _OWNERS_.  The owners say where and when and how much things are gonna cost, and what hoops you must jump through to get them.   The fact that HBO cannot separate it's licensing from cable providers (because if they did, then all heck would break loose...  much like Microsoft building and selling Surface directly), because those contracts are there (HBO will not bypass cable providers for first run content).

 

Apple in it's end, is trying to aggregate.  Eventually, with enough content, it can build a 'YourTV' network of intelligent choice and navigation that will allow you easily navigate your content choices... but first it has to develop demand.   Like iRadio took what... 5 years to come to Apple's mobile device (and what 10 years to iTunes?), because content owners had all sorts of crazy contracts in place with other broadcast medium, Apple TV will evolve as the market deems possible, and long term contracts expire and are replaced with more equitable ones, and Apple figures out how to monetize the service without making it crazy expensive to the consumer.   These are big rocks to push out of the way... all due to the content OWNERS.

 

Apple is actually doing exactly what the radio broadcast rights were intended to do... allow a listener to hear a set of music perceived to be of quality to them, and hope they they buy... adding a 'buy' buttion is something broadcast radio can't do.  so iRadio is even better than radio radio for 'advertising music'  Hence the 'cost to play' is offset by the 'advertising value' of the playlist, hence a lower cost to Apple.   (See Pandora buying a terrestrial radio station to get into the lower royalty rate for this vs royalties for entertainment.

 

This will all change... it will take time, but it will change.   And cable companies know that HBO, and ESPN especially, drive subscriptions up... and they don't want to be a 'dumb' pipe  (my last cable bill: 175/month for HD plus HBO plus sports plus 6mbps internet... my current bill $0 [OTA], with a 60/month 20mbps CTL service, and AppleTV, and Netflix, [and other P2P traffic that will go unnamed;-)]).   to lose $110/month is not what cable companies want, hence they continue to put poison pills into their premium content licenses with the content owners to drive them to 1-3 year exclusivity.  

 

My guess is ESPN will be the first to go, as all the major sports can drive direct to Internet now, and will do so, if Disney's activity with NetFlix is any indication.

 

This will take time....

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"Rumor" being the key word in that sentence. Isn't happening, Ain't gonna happen.

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They're on Netflix.


The HBO shows at the very least aren't. HBO keeps them under control to entice subscribers. I'm not sure about Showtime though I wouldn't be surprised if they did the same

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I don't know, we pay a LOT more for the Apple TV here in the UK (currently a 25% mark up!!!!!) so why would it be unreasonable to expect Apple to get off their butts & sign up other content deals worldwide for local Apple TV content?

Of course they could just release the App Store for the Apple TV & all of these very valid complaints would disappear over night.

It sucks to be from the UK but I'm used to it.

It may sound like we are missing out on all these free channels but to be honest, they are full of brainless American crap. I'd pay 25% more to keep it off my ATV.

However, no iTunes radio, that sucks.

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I'm psyched about this update. Not for any specific feature, but that they're still adding said features AND for the the depth and breadth thereof. A dedicated anime pseudo-app? A dedicated concert music pseudo-app? This is fairly obscure stuff! And that's GREAT! Because that's what Apple TV will be for: MORE than just the "prescribed" television content. MORE than just what your stupid cable or satellite telecom "wants" to carry and wants (no quotes) to shove down your gullet.

Apple TV will let you personalize your viewing in ways never before possible. Because Apple TV has no limitations.

Apple TV takes the Long Tail and pimp-slaps cable and satellite providers. Or, rather, it will.

One day it won't be a hobby anymore. And on that day, they all die.

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Sigh, still no Amazon Prime Videos :(

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Sigh, still no Amazon Prime Videos 1frown.gif

I have a theory as to why, but it's wholly unfounded.

"Amazon's a whore?"

There's a little more substance to it than that.

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Showtime is the only thing that keeps me at a high cable package.

And risking being called a troll but... I wish AppleTV had Amazon Prime access. I already pay for that so for the free shipping and it just seems silly to also pay for Netflix.
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I have a theory as to why, but it's wholly unfounded.

"Amazon's a whore?"

There's a little more substance to it than that.

 

How about your shut your whore mouth 1wink.gif

 

It's the only reason why I dropped my ATV3 for a Roku3. The way I see it, I'm already paying $79 a year for Amazon Prime (mainly for the two-day shipping as our household easily places 100 orders or so through Amazon a year), so the "free" Amazon Prime Videos are an added bonus. In that sense -- for me -- Amazon Video streaming makes more sense than Netflix because I get a lot more out of the $$$ I put out every year.

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Showtime is the only thing that keeps me at a high cable package.

And risking being called a troll but... I wish AppleTV had Amazon Prime access. I already pay for that so for the free shipping and it just seems silly to also pay for Netflix.

DAMNIT! Stop reading my mind!!! lol.gif

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If only the HBO Go App didn't require a cable subscription...

Why doesn't HBO set up their own paid subscription service, for those of us who would like to cut cable TV?

Because they don't want you to " cut cable TV" .

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And Formula One! I would gladly pay to watch F1 on my iPad or iMac.

 

Anyone know how to watch F1 online? :)

 

Yeah, an F1 channel would be cool. I don't know of any way to watch F1 online. I watch it on Speed. The closest thing is the ESPN F1 website, but that's only a live feed.
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And still no 'Lovefilm' or BBC iPlayer.. Would also welcome keyboard / Apple TV function..
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