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These Are the First Apps to Install on Apple TV

These Are the First Apps to Install on Apple TV

Looking for something to watch on Apple TV? We've got you covered with this list of the must-have apps for Apple TV.

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more

Watch Game of Thrones without a cable subscription

HBO NOW: Stream original series, hit movies & more
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.
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"
Haystack TV News – Watch Live, Local & World News

Haystack TV has you covered

Haystack TV News – Watch Live, 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.
Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports

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

Sling TV: A La Carte TV. Watch Live Shows & Sports
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
Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Stream the Latest Movies

Get caught up with this popular streaming service

Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Stream the Latest Movies
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.
ABC – Watch Live TV & Stream Full Episodes

Watch ABC whenever you want with the official app

ABC – Watch Live TV & Stream 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
NBC – Stream TV Shows

Your NBC favorites now available at any time

NBC – 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
FOX NOW - Watch TV On Demand and Live Stream

Watch FOX right now

FOX NOW - Watch TV On Demand and Live Stream
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
Smithsonian Earth

Nature never looked so good

Smithsonian Earth
Explore the options

Nature lovers will adore this free app from Smithsonian.

For those who live the great outdoors even when inside, this is the app for you. Featuring free and commercial-free videos, Smithsonian Earth is continuously updated to bring you the best that nature and wildlife has to offer.

Why we love it

There are plenty of free video apps on the App Store. Few, however, offer commerical-free videos.

For those who...

  • You love nature
  • Like freebies
  • Respect the Smithsonian name

Not for those who...

  • You don't like nature films
  • Prefer premium content
CBS Full Episodes and Live TV

Catch your favorite sitcoms and dramas

CBS Full Episodes and 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
Art Channel powered by Art Authority

Enjoy magnificent artwork displayed on your Apple TV

Art Channel powered 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
Mixcloud - Radio & DJ mixes

A great way to rock out with music along with a dose of podcasts

Mixcloud - Radio & DJ mixes
Talk, talk, talk

For podcasts fans who also enjoy other music.

The top feature of the service allows users to create their own personalized radio comprised of a mix of DJ mixes, podcasts, radio shows and mixtapes. If you haven’t heard of Mixcloud, its speciality is content from popular DJs like Fatboy Slim, Above & Beyond, and Avicii. That should definitely help spice up your normal podcast routine.

Why we love it

If you're looking for more than just the usual podcast app, Mixcloud should definitely be high on your list. While there are podcasts for pretty much everyone, the ability to build your own radio station with unique and diverse content is fun and exciting. And along with being able to access the content on your iPhone and iPad, the app looks great on the big screen of the Apple TV.

For those who...

  • Are interested in a multifaceted app that brings together podcasts, music, and more.
  • Follow specific DJs.

Not for those who...

  • You know exactly what podcast to listen too.
  • Don't care about music.
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
Solar Walk 2 - Spacecraft 3D and Space Exploration

Experience the secrets of our universe from your TV screen.

Solar Walk 2 - Spacecraft 3D and Space Exploration
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.
Crackle - Movies & TV

Crackle keeps you entertained at no cost

Crackle - Movies & TV
Browse movies and TV shows

For those who want some television and movies to watch without paying anything.

Crackle is the leading free app that gives you a huge variety of options to choose from each month. There are no hidden fees to use the app, and you get plenty of different television shows and movies to watch, with rotating content every month. This is a great way to catch up on favorites, discover new shows and movies, and just pass the time. Crackle has television, movies, and even anime, so there is something for everyone here.

Why we love it

Crackle gives us a lot of options for video streaming entertainment.

For those who...

  • You want free movies, television shows, and anime
  • You don't mind different content every month

Not for those who...

  • You don't want to discover something new
  • You don't want to be limited to a specific collection of stuff every month