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A trio of new content options from A+E Networks debuted on the Apple TV on Monday, with viewers now capable of watching content from History, A&E and Lifetime through new dedicated channels.




All three channels launched on Monday through a silent update, and are now available on Apple's set-top box. Content includes popular shows like History's "Pawn Stars," and original movies from Lifetime.

The debut comes just days after A&E and History both brought live streaming of their channels to their respective iPad applications. Users are required to login with their cable provider to access the live streams, as well as on-demand content.




Apple has been steadily adding content options to the Apple TV in recent months as it faces increased competition from new devices like the Amazon Fire TV. New additions from this year alone include ACC Sports, iTunes Festival, WWE Network, and Red Bull TV.




Revamped Apple TV hardware is expected to launch later this year with motion controls that will allow users to interact with the device without the need for a remote control.
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This is great if you have a cable provider that supports it. I have Brighthouse Networks in Tampa Bay, FL and they don't. As a matter of fact, they don't support many at all. I HATE BRIGHTHOUSE.
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It sure is looking more and more like Apple is prepping for a big product announcement in the Apple TV area. They have been ramping up the content available on Apple TV for quite a little while now. When they open it up to developers and give it an 'App Store', it will be huge. That's when Apple will have the content providers really stand up and take notice. They'll all want a piece of the pie after that happens and Apple will finally have the content it wanted for its 'hobby' device. I believe Apple TV is going to be *BIG* for Apple by the end of the year.
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Personally, I'd rather them fix the Dolby Digital issue on Netflix that the most recent firmware upgrade broke.

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Useless if your a cord cutter.
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Personally, I'd rather them fix the Dolby Digital issue on Netflix that the most recent firmware upgrade broke.

 

Let me call the whammmbulance for you. While you vent your outrage and raise your blood pressure I just let my AVR simulate DD 5.1 for the time being until the issue is fixed. A nice glass off Zinfandel helps too.

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Might as well hide those apps. Sounds like I can't watch anything on them.
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Probably US only right?
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More useless crap if you are a cable cutter.
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I can already watch all of these channels on my cable boxes, on all of my iOS devices and on all of my Macs.

 

I'd rather see Apple just release the rumored Time Warner app for Apple TV, so I won't need a million icons on the Apple TV homepage. At least the icons are very easy to hide now, after the last update.

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Useless if your a cord cutter.

My cord cutter?

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More useless crap if you are a cable cutter.

Don't cord cutters have friends or parents with cable subscriptions? 1wink.gif

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Let me call the whammmbulance for you. While you vent your outrage and raise your blood pressure I just let my AVR simulate DD 5.1 for the time being until the issue is fixed. A nice glass off Zinfandel helps too.

Simulated surround sound, huh? Classy. Oh, and by the way... Zin comes in glass bottles - not just cardboard boxes.


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Anyone remember when the History channel was a history channel? MTV a music channel? Discovery a decent channel?
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Don't cord cutters have friends or parents with cable subscriptions? 1wink.gif

Not if they've convinced them all to ditch cable as well.

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~~Users are required to login with their cable provider to access the live streams, as well as on-demand content.

 

Well, when Apple releases its grand plan(if they have one) it sure will be interesting. For now... Im more confused than a 'feather in a whirlwind' (to quote Forhorn Leghorn) . At present, I have cable at home, so no real need for these individual channels. Sure, I guess I was in bed, and did not want to disturb some one else or have no bedroom tv etc... but seems to me to be relatively small use case. If I do use the app, 1) I have to remember the stupid cable log-in which is a pain and expires every other month, usually have to get a new password everytime I want to log in, so I just gave up. 2) if Im on the road and want to use it, with out wifi, it sucks up the data plan., then refer to password

 

That said, I could see Apple 'vouching' for its apple user with a cable company in some manner to make login a breeze. I tried the recent PBS(?) app, were I got a code and was able to verify I was a cable user.(forgot how that worked but it was pretty easy). Perhaps do a one verification, just like you do with credit cards. But that would require the cable companies to be in the 21st century... not.

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Simulated surround sound, huh? Classy. Oh, and by the way... Zin comes in glass bottles - not just cardboard boxes.

You're trying to sound "classy" as if Dolby Digital is great?  Dolby Digital Sucks compared to any lossless format (DTS HD-MA, Dolby True HD, etc)- so no need to act like Dolby Digital is so much better than an a/v system simulating it.

 

If you care that much about audio/video presentation, go pop in a Blu-Ray.  That's what I do when it's a movie that deserves top-notch A/V.  Not some spare movie off Netflix.

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Don't cord cutters have friends or parents with cable subscriptions? 1wink.gif

 

Leaching off of friends and family is not cutting the cord. It’s being a parasite attached to the cord.

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What's the point of these Apple TV channels. If I'm a cable subscriber, which I'm not, why would I watch the channel through my Apple TV instead of via the cable channel. Apple TV channels should be alternatives to cable. Apple should be catering to those of us who've cut the cable.
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Why do people complain every time Apple adds new channels to ATV? No one should be surprised that cable channels are going to show up on ATV requiring a cable subscription. If that ever changes it will be a major announcement because it would be a big f'ng deal. What is annoying is when you fork over $$$ to DirecTV every month but for whatever reason WatchESPN doesn't think you exist. Of course that's a DirecTV/Disney problem and nothing to do with Apple but still annoying all the same.
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What's the point of these Apple TV channels. If I'm a cable subscriber, which I'm not, why would I watch the channel through my Apple TV instead of via the cable channel. Apple TV channels should be alternatives to cable. Apple should be catering to those of us who've cut the cable.
one example, the HBO GO app allows you to watch entire seasons of shows. So I can watch all 6 seasons of sex and the city using that app, where as the VOD for HBO with DirecTV right now only allows me to watch season 1. These aren't cable channels streaming live TV. They're video on demand channels.
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You're trying to sound "classy" as if Dolby Digital is great?  Dolby Digital Sucks compared to any lossless format (DTS HD-MA, Dolby True HD, etc)- so no need to act like Dolby Digital is so much better than an a/v system simulating it.

 

If you care that much about audio/video presentation, go pop in a Blu-Ray.  That's what I do when it's a movie that deserves top-notch A/V.  Not some spare movie off Netflix.

I never said DD was "great", but DD > PCM and there's no arguing that. What's wrong with me wanting DD on Netflix on the ATV back after an absence that is now going on for longer than a month? I pay for Netflix. I bought an Apple TV. Both are capable of DD and DD was working...until the middle of March when Apple's firmware update broke it. The problem should be fixed before features/channels are added.

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More useless crap if you are a cable cutter.

If creative, many people can get around the limitations.
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If creative, many people can get around the limitations.

 

Yeah, they just pirate it. Want Apple to offer a pirated content service? :lol:

Cue Soli and a few others talking about how much better things would be if companies actually embraced the torrent format for distribution.

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I never said DD was "great", but DD > PCM and there's no arguing that. What's wrong with me wanting DD on Netflix on the ATV back after an absence that is now going on for longer than a month? I pay for Netflix. I bought an Apple TV. Both are capable of DD and DD was working...until the middle of March when Apple's firmware update broke it. The problem should be fixed before features/channels are added.

I agree with you- it should be fixed.

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I never said DD was "great", but DD > PCM and there's no arguing that. What's wrong with me wanting DD on Netflix on the ATV back after an absence that is now going on for longer than a month? I pay for Netflix. I bought an Apple TV. Both are capable of DD and DD was working...until the middle of March when Apple's firmware update broke it. The problem should be fixed before features/channels are added.
There's nothing wrong with your wanting that fixed. The other guy is just being a jerk.

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The History Channel should really change its name. They rarely have anything but junk on there. Ancient Aliens? Big Rig Bounty Hunters? Swamp People? Are you kidding me? Thank God for The Smithsonian Channel.

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What's the point of these Apple TV channels. If I'm a cable subscriber, which I'm not, why would I watch the channel through my Apple TV instead of via the cable channel. Apple TV channels should be alternatives to cable. Apple should be catering to those of us who've cut the cable.

I use the "Disney Junior" app with my kids way more than going to the TV station.  So that's really nice.

 

Also- say you want to watch "American Pickers" (No clue why you would want to watch that, but that is an argument for another day)- you could simply go to the app and watch it instead of seeing what time it comes on.

 

As to your other point- you essentially think- "Apply should be catering to me".  I disagree with that btw- the bulk of their demographic are still cable subscribers- so I'd go for them.  I eagerly wait to see what they mention at WWDC regarding the ATV (if they do)

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What's the point of these Apple TV channels. If I'm a cable subscriber, which I'm not, why would I watch the channel through my Apple TV instead of via the cable channel. Apple TV channels should be alternatives to cable. Apple should be catering to those of us who've cut the cable.

 

It's because you own several vacation home's but don't want to pay for cable in each of them. IE you're rich, but not that rich. This way you can have your cable programming ala AppleTV.

 

:D

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Anyone remember when the History channel was a history channel? MTV a music channel? Discovery a decent channel?

...and a time when TLC was The Learning Channel before the days of Honey Boo Boo. I watched HCHBB out of morbid curiosity to see what it was all about. I can't count how many times I heard unnecessary references to genitalia, urine, feces, gas, and other gross humor. Do I find parts of it funny? Yes. But, it does NOT belong on the channel it is currently on. The older I get, the more often I find myself listening to NPR and watching PBS.

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...and a time when TLC was The Learning Channel before the days of Honey Boo Boo. I watched HCHBB out of morbid curiosity to see what it was all about. I can't count how many times I heard unnecessary references to genitalia, urine, feces, gas, and other gross humor. Do I find parts of it funny? Yes. But, it does NOT belong on the channel it is currently on. The older I get, the more often I find myself listening to NPR and watching PBS.

Same. And I have no problem with a bunch of low brow "reality" shows being made - there is obviously an audience for it. But they should put it on channels that don't purport to be something else.

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Anyone remember when the History channel was a history channel? MTV a music channel? Discovery a decent channel?

 

NO !

 

Even when they first started they more commercials than music videos. I couldn't believe a channel could run soooooo many commercials before getting back to programming.

 

;)

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Yeah, they just pirate it. Want Apple to offer a pirated content service? :lol:

Cue Soli and a few others talking about how much better things would be if companies actually embraced the torrent format for distribution.

 

Getting around the limitation has nothing to do with Apple or illegal downloading.

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I really like this strategy. They're chipping their way around the tv dial. The more channels they get to sign on, the more other channels will feel pressure to sign on. Then as more channels are signed on, they'll start competing with better availability of content, showing things as they air, not just after. 

 

Hopefully Apple is trying to get some exclusivity deals. It would be sad if they did all the work in figuring out the business viability with these channels and then the channel just duplicates their offering on Roku or Amazon the next day. 

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and you still have that cable bill with 800 channels that are completely useless. for me (and other non-cable subscribers), this solves nothing.

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Internet is becoming more of a utility than a luxury in today's world. I've considered ditching cable and installing a broadcast antenna to cover the larger half of my television viewing habits, but the monopoly the cable companies have - particularly in smaller markets like mine - makes it very unattractive to "un-bundle". I pay roughly $40 for 15 Mbps Internet and $90 for HD digital cable with two TiVos (no premium movie channels). If I replaced cable with an antenna, my streaming would increase which would push me over my monthly bandwidth cap so I'd have to upgrade to a faster Internet package in order to get a larger cap. This upgrade along with the loss of bundling "discounts" would put me paying as much or more per month than I currently do with cable. It's a no-win situation. It doesn't seem right that Internet and television costs me more than electricity and water.

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[quote]Users are required to login with their cable provider to access the live streams, as well as on-demand content[/quote]

 

The first time you don't need to do this, it will actually be newsworthy.

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Internet is becoming more of a utility than a luxury in today's world. I've considered ditching cable and installing a broadcast antenna to cover the larger half of my television viewing habits, but the monopoly the cable companies have - particularly in smaller markets like mine - makes it very unattractive to "un-bundle". I pay roughly $40 for 15 Mbps Internet and $90 for HD digital cable with two TiVos (no premium movie channels). If I replaced cable with an antenna, my streaming would increase which would push me over my monthly bandwidth cap so I'd have to upgrade to a faster Internet package in order to get a larger cap. This upgrade along with the loss of bundling "discounts" would put me paying as much or more per month than I currently do with cable. It's a no-win situation. It doesn't seem right that Internet and television costs me more than electricity and water.

 

They've got you by the short and curlies, and they know it.

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Probably US only right?

LOL. Is there another country? 1wink.gif

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History Channel: if you want to see programs about aliens or WWII.

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