June 24, 2014
Updated: More details about the changes were added to our original post. On Tuesday, ABC News launched a new channel on the Apple TV. The channel features live and on-demand content, both nationally and from select markets. Features include:
The ABC News channel is currently available in the United States only, although ABC says it will expanding internationally “in the coming weeks.” Unlike the Watch ABC channel, the ABC News channel does require authentication. In other words, you don't have to be a cable or satellite provider to view the content. Additionally, the Apple TV now has channels for PBS Kids, AOL On, and Willow. The previously released Flickr channel has also received an update. PBS Kids, like the ABC News channel, doesn't require a cable subscription. It provides PBS programming for children (of course). The main PBS channel launched on Apple TV in 2013. AOL On, like the AOL website, provides video content for a long list of categories. It also featured original AOL produced shows. Willow features cricket matches in the U.S. and Canada. To access most of the content, you'll need to purchase a $15/month subscription. Finally, the redesigned Flickr channel includes a detailed Explore view, a “Your Flickr” section, improved search, a redesigned icon, and a curated iPhoneography section. See also: Netflix iOS App Updated With Faster Video Startup, Revamped UI, Continuity Feature In iOS 8, OS X Yosemite May Be Coming To The Apple TV, and International Price Drops Suggest New Apple TV And Mac mini Models Are Coming.
- 24/7 access to live and on-demand video with four separate live video streams to choose from.
- Video news updates on the hour and four to five live reports per day to cover breaking news.
- Local content from nine television stations around the United States: WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno), and WISN (Milwaukee).
- Curated stories and videos highlighting the top news stories of the moment, updated throughout the day.
- 50 years of historical footage from ABC News' archives, including "This Week in History" and "The Day in Pictures" features.