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These Are the First Apps to Install on Apple TV

Do you have a new Apple TV 4K and are looking for something to watch and explore what the streaming device has to offer? We've got you covered with this list of the must-have apps for Apple TV.

Netflix

The quintessential app for binge-watching

Netflix
The best

For anyone who want to catch up on popular telelvision series and movies.

Everyone has heard of Netflix — it's the leading Internet streaming service for most of the hot shows and movies that you can't miss. A subscription for streaming starts at just $7.99 a month, with some pricier options if you have a 4K television and want higher quality streams. You can even go above that and get the DVD/Blu-Ray rental too, but it's optional. Netflix streaming has a lot of popular shows as well as original series that are worth watching. Plus, you can always find a decent movie to watch when it's movie night.

Why we love it

Netflix is the best way to pass the time as you binge-watch on original series or catch up on movies.

For those who...

  • You want original programming
  • You want to catch up on shows
  • You want Netflix and Chill

Not for those who...

  • You don't care for Netflix original programming
  • You don't like the library of shows and movies on Netflix streaming
  • You are tired of hearing "Netflix and Chill"
Sling: Live TV, Shows & Movies

Watch live TV or on-demand shows on Apple TV with an easy-to-use app containing tons of options.

Sling: Live TV, Shows & Movies
My TV

For those looking for an alternative to standard television services.

Sling TV is a solid option for watching the shows, sporting events, and channels you love on your iPhone or iPad. But, now you can check out Sling TV for your Apple TV making your favorite live television and on-demand shows only a click away.

Why we love it

Sling TV on Apple TV is a great alternative to traditional television services. The app is clean, crisp, and simple to use. The channel and show options are extensive with something for everyone in the house.

For those who...

  • You want an alternative TV option
  • You love easy access to your favorite shows any time

Not for those who...

  • You prefer your current TV provider
  • You are not interested in a paid service
Solar Walk 2 – Solar System 3D

Experience the secrets of our universe from your TV screen.

Solar Walk 2 – Solar System 3D
Real Time Space

For those folks who want to see the universe from various angles and with a built-in soundtrack.

Doesn't everything about life deserve its own soundtrack? With Solar Walk 2, you can experience the world around us in stunning detail with an impressive soundtrack as well. You will see the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope fly over the Earth in real time. Their models have been meticulously reconstructed from photographs and blueprints and you can study every detail in close-up.

Why we love it

One of the top-selling apps on the App Store, Solar Walk 2 continues to impress with each new update.

For those who...

  • You love space and exploration.
  • Are into discovery.
  • Want to know what's beyond the clouds.

Not for those who...

  • You want to keep your feet firmly planted on Earth.
  • Don't have time to experience the world.
  • Rather watch a film.
ABC – Live TV & Full Episodes

Watch ABC whenever you want with the official app

ABC – Live TV & Full Episodes
Featured,  shows, and live TV

For those who like to watch ABC's programming

Whether you have basic television at home or not, the Watch ABC app is the best way to go when it comes to your favorite ABC shows, movies, and news. The Watch ABC app lets you get on-demand episodes from your favorite series, or you can even watch ABC live, without having to have cable. This means that you can catch the late night news or movies when they air on TV. There are also bonus clips for certain shows, in case you want more. Either way, the Watch ABC app is a great way to catch up on your ABC favorites.

Why we love it

ABC is one of the old, reliable television stations, and we are happy to be able to watch it whenever we have some time to spare. Whether it's the original programming, news, or movies, the Watch ABC app lets you do it all for free.

For those who...

  • You like ABC
  • You want a way to watch ABC live without cable

Not for those who...

  • You don't like what ABC offers in terms of content
  • You don't care about watching ABC live
Hulu: Stream movies & TV shows

Get caught up with this popular streaming service

Hulu: Stream movies & TV shows
All of your favorites

For those who want to catch up on their current television shows.

With Hulu, users are able to watch new episodes just a day or two after they air on television. If you subscribe, you can get new episodes faster, as well as have a larger library available for your viewing pleasure. There are also several tiers of subscriptions, in case you don't want ads while watching your shows, so you'll have to pay up for that covenience. The collection of shows and movies on Hulu is pretty vast, and more content gets added every day due to licensing agreements and contracts ending with other services (such as Netflix). If you have Hulu and another service, then you're pretty much set.

Why we love it

Hulu has a ton of content with more additions added daily. New episodes get added in a timely manner so you are never too behind, and there are some nice original series.

For those who...

  • You don't care for Netflix's library.
  • You want to watch currently airing shows and get caught up.
  • You don't mind ads.

Not for those who...

  • You don't like ads (unless you pay for the top subscription.)
  • You are satisfied with Netflix.
  • You don't care about being caught up on currently airing shows in a timely manner.
Ellie - A Beautiful TV Clock

The time set against gorgeous backgrounds

Ellie - A Beautiful TV Clock
Elegant options

For people who want a gorgeous, but simple, clock for their big screen

From a breathtaking view of a lake under the ethereal Milky Way galaxy to a majestic time-lapse of the Swiss Alps, Ellie is the most immersive, calming clock on a large display. It provides you with the current time set against one of 28 beautiful wallpapers. Even better, Ellie now has the ability to allow background music to continue playing, so you can enjoy the immersive time display along with your favorite songs.

Why we love it

This clock app is gorgeous, and yet simple. You get the current time and day in a simple format, while cinematic, immersive backgrounds keep the screen alive. It's easily one of the most beautiful time display apps available for the Apple TV.

For those who...

  • Want the time along with gorgeous background images
  • Don't need a lot of bells and whistles in their clock app

Not for those who...

  • You don't care about the time
  • You want more features than Ellie offers
The NBC App – Stream TV Shows

Your NBC favorites now available at any time

The NBC App – Stream TV Shows
Pick your show

For those who enjoy watching NBC shows and want to watch anywhere

Binge on NBC's newest shows and classic hits — no TV provider login required. Sign in with your TV provider username and password to watch the latest episodes of ALL NBC shows the day after they air on TV – and even complete seasons of certain series!

Why we love it

Do you want your Must See TV? This is the Apple TV app for that.

For those who...

  • Love shows on NBC
  • Enjoy classic television programs too

Not for those who...

  • Not in love with NBC titles
  • Rather watch HBO
Haystack Local & World News

Haystack TV has you covered

Haystack Local & World News
Customizable News

Want a curated news experience? Check out Haystack TV

Haystack TV is whatever you want it to be. Just set it up with your preferred categories of news and then watch it get video news of topics that you'd like to see. Over time, the app gets smarter and gives you better results depending on your preferences and likes. Haystack TV covers all types of news and even has fun extras like late night talk shows and movie trailers. Just decide the type of news you want to see, and then sit back and relax.

Why we love it

We really enjoy this app for its variety. Yes, you'll see the important stuff. But you'll also see fun content too.

For those who...

  • Like a curated news experience.
  • You don't want a hard sell.
  • You enjoy fun news too.

Not for those who...

  • You want news from bigger sources.
  • You are a traditionalist.
HBO Max: Stream TV & Movies

Watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription

HBO Max: Stream TV & Movies
Watch Every HBO Show

For anyone who has wanted to watch HBO shows and movies without paying for cable.

HBO Now is a standalone HBO subscription service that lets you access all of HBO's content without a cable subscription. You'll get full episodes of hot shows like Game of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley, as well as whatever movies are in rotation for the month. If you're a sports fan, you can also view boxing matches and never miss out on the action. Additionally, there are extras and bonuses in HBO NOW (and GO for cable susbcribers) that let you get inside looks on your favorite shows.

Why we love it

We love HBO shows, but it has always been too expensive for a cable subscription as well as HBO, since it is a premium channel. Now you can cut the cord with cable television and just have HBO by itself. What more do you need?

For those who...

  • You love HBO but thought it was too expensive before.
  • You need to catch up on Game of Thrones.

Not for those who...

  • You don't care for Game of Thrones or other shows.
  • You still think it's pretty expensive.
Scenic Loops

Transform your television screen into a stunning view of nature.

Scenic Loops
Browse through the scenes

For those who like nature videos as their TV screen saver.

Whether you have your Apple TV in the home or in the office, Scenic Loops gives you calming and comforting video views of nature. Perfect for waiting rooms, relaxation spots, or simply turning your black screen into a window of beauty, the app is makes an ideal screen saver.

Why we love it

For beautiful HD videos of nature, Scenic Loops has wonderful options that include soothing sounds and tranquil views.

For those who...

  • You enjoy nature scenes with sound
  • You are looking for a relaxing screen saver option

Not for those who...

  • You do not like nature scenes
  • You prefer static images as your screen saver
CARROT Weather: Talking Forecast Robot

CARROT Weather gives you the forecast with a chance of snark

CARROT Weather: Talking Forecast Robot
Get humor with your forecast

For those who want a hilarious weather app.

CARROT Weather provides users with a sleek, minimalistic interface, comprehensive forecast reports and details, and humorous, sarcastic comments. You can get the current temperature, see the forecast for the rest of the week or by the hour, and get detailed bits of information like precipitation chance, humidity, and more. Plus, there's a fun time travel feature if you are curious what the weather was like in the past or even get a prediction for the future, and you unlock many secret locations from all over the fictional world. CARROT Weather is one of the best weather apps available on the App Store and for good reason.

Why we love it

We love CARROT Weather because it provides detailed informational forecasts and the humorous comments are a nice bit of charm.

For those who...

  • You want a funny weather app
  • You want details in the forecast

Not for those who...

  • You don't care for fun comments
  • You want radar maps
NASA

What better way is there to experience space scenes and streaming NASA TV than on a large screen?

NASA
Browse the options

For those who appreciate views of the Earth from space as well as streaming NASA TV.

If you enjoy the NASA app on your iPhone or iPad, then imagine what it would be like to view those streaming videos and amazing images from space on the big screen. Take a look at NASA for Apple TV and experience something spectacular.

Why we love it

With the NASA app on your Apple TV not only can you witness the spectacular views and images from space, but you can stay up to date with missions and check out streaming content easily.

For those who...

  • You enjoy the NASA app on iOS
  • You appreciate breath-taking views from space

Not for those who...

  • You dislike the NASA app or have no interest in it
  • You do not care to look at views from space
Art Channel by Art Authority

Enjoy magnificent artwork displayed on your Apple TV

Art Channel by Art Authority
Browse A Gallery

For those who appreciate fine art.

Art Channel powered by Art Authority is the perfect Apple TV app if you enjoy viewing beautiful works of art. Channels include All-Time Highlights and Impressionism Favorites. You can browse through each piece or have them assembled into a lovely slide show. The app also provides a video option to view the collection with delightful classical music.

Why we love it

Art Channel powered by Art Authority provides the perfect backdrop for a dinner party or when you simply want to relax with a gorgeous array of fine art.

For those who...

  • You appreciate fine art
  • You enjoy viewing an array of artwork

Not for those who...

  • You do not care for fine art
  • You do not like artsy apps
CBS - Full Episodes & Live TV

Catch your favorite sitcoms and dramas

CBS - Full Episodes & Live TV
Get the shows you love

For those who love watching CBS shows and broadcasts.

With a subscription to CBS All Access, you'll get unlimited access to your favorite shows like The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, Limitless, and more. You'll be able to live stream the CBS channel whenever you want so you never miss a thing, and catch up on episodes you've missed. If you're a big fan of the programming on CBS, then getting a subscription to this is worth looking into.

Why we love it

The app lets you get access to your favorite CBS shows, and you can catch up whenever you have some spare time.

For those who...

  • You like CBS
  • You don't mind paying a fee to get your CBS fix

Not for those who...

  • You don't like CBS shows
  • You don't want to pay the subscription fee
FOX NOW: Watch TV & Sports

Watch FOX right now

FOX NOW: Watch TV & Sports
Shows from A to Z

For those who enjoy the shows on Fox and want to watch anytime.

It seems that FOX has some pretty good content in terms of their own television shows these days, but the problem is that your schedule conflicts with the times that your favorite shows air. Don't worry though! FOX NOW is an Apple TV app that lets you watch new episodes of your current on-air favorites a day after they air, so you don't have to miss out for long. Plus, the app also has a back catalog of recent episodes so you can catch up with whatever you've missed on your own time. But you'll have to be fast — this stuff doesn't stay on forever.

Why we love it

FOX can have some great shows on the air, but it can be hard to keep up with everything the moment they air. The FOX NOW app lets you catch up with fresh episodes just a day later and you can even catch up with the latest episodes from the back catalog. It's a great way to stay on top of your favorites.

For those who...

  • You like FOX shows
  • You want to catch up with new episodes quickly

Not for those who...

  • You want a full library of episodes from every season
  • You don't like FOX programming