Apple TV Channels

Apple TV Channels is a service of Apple Inc. that aggregates content from popular over the top video on demand a la carte subscription services.[1][2] First revealed in March 2019, it is designed to simplify the process of subscribing to and viewing that content by making those services purchasable and accessible in one video content hub, so the consumer need not use each service's own sign-up mechanism or view the content through each service's own app or website.[3][4] The payment method can also be centralized through Apple's own billing service.[4]

Because the content is from paid subscription services, it will be ad-free.[4] Content can also be downloaded to the device for offline viewing, and there is an option to share accounts within families.[4]

The service is designed to compete with Amazon's Prime Video Amazon Channels service, which similarly makes multiple subscription premium networks available in one location.[2]

It can be accessed through Apple's Apple TV app, which is available for the Apple TV microconsole and iOS devices, and is slated for 2019 offering on Mac computers, numerous smart television models, Roku devices, and Amazon Fire TV devices.[5][3]

Apple TV Channels, along with the simultaneously announced Apple TV+ over-the-top ad-free subscription web television service, is part of the company's concerted effort to expand its service revenues by making recurring monthly charge distributed video content available widely to the public.[6][7][8]

Major partners announced include Showtime, HBO, Epix, and CBS All Access.[4] The broad reach of the 1.4 billion Apple devices in use globally, including 900 million iPhones, induced major services, some of which already have their own content distribution systems, to make deals with Apple.[9]

Netflix declined to be involved with the service,[10] with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saying that Netflix chose not to integrate its service's programming into Apple TV Channels because "we prefer to have our customers watch our content in our service."[9] Viewers might be unaware that the content they were viewing was created or distributed by Netflix, and Netflix would have received little or no data about persons viewing and subscribing to Netflix via Apple TV Channels.[9]

The CEO of AT&T, Randall Stephenson, during an on-stage discussion with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin at a fintech event, pushed back on the suggestion that content providers, like AT&T's HBO – which currently supports tvOS and iOS via HBO Go and HBO Now, that make their video available through Apple TV Channels would "not have the same level of access to the data", to "see what everybody's really watching and be able to make certain decisions", by insisting that AT&T's digital distribution deals provide it "access to data ... critical to advertising delivery, [ ] critical to marketing".[11][12]


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Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media player and microconsole developed and sold by Apple Inc. It is a small network appliance and entertainment device that can receive digital data such as music, video, or the screen display from an Mac or iOS device from specific sources and stream it to a television set or other video display.

Apple TV is an HDMI-compliant source device. To use it for viewing, it has to be connected to an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television via an HDMI cable. The device has no integrated controls and can only be controlled externally, either by an Apple Remote or Siri Remote control device (with which it is sold) using its infrared/Bluetooth capability, by the Apple TV Remote app (downloadable from App Store) on iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Apple Watch, using its Wi-Fi capability, or by some third-party infrared remotes.Its Wi-Fi capability is also used to receive digital content from various iOS apps using AirPlay or directly from the iTunes Store, which is then streamed to the TV. It also plays digital content from the iTunes Store, Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now, Hulu, Now TV (UK only), SlingTV, PlayStation Vue, Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV, YouTube, Red Bull TV, and Vevo along with HBO Now, Showtime Anytime, Starz, and the TV Everywhere portals of several cable and broadcast networks, and the video subscription portals of all of the four major North American sports leagues: NFL TV app,, NBA League Pass, and It plays content from any macOS or Windows computer running iTunes. Apple began to promote the Live Tune-In feature that allows the viewer to ask Siri to tune to live streams of CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD among many others that support Live Tune-In.

According to observers, Apple's March 2019 special event highlighted the company's reorientation of its focus away from the Apple TV hardware, which has lagged competitors with only 13% of U.S. connected TV market share, and apps on the set-top box, and instead turn toward higher revenue Apple-distributed video streaming that will be available even through competitors' devices, via the company's upcoming Apple TV+ original content service and Apple TV Channels a la carte premium video on demand subscription aggregating service.

Apple TV (disambiguation)

Apple TV can refer to several hardware, software, and service products developed by Apple Inc.

Apple TV, a microconsole digital media player initially released in 2007

tvOS, the operating system for the Apple TV hardware initially released in 2015

Apple TV Software, the older operating system for earlier versions of the Apple TV hardware based on iOS and Mac OS X

Front Row (software), a discontinued media center software application for Mac OS X initially released in 2005. It was the original basis for the Apple TV Software interface when the original Apple TV was released in 2007 and was subsequently removed in the 2008 software revision known as "Apple TV Take Two"

Apple TV (software), a media player app for iOS and tvOS known simply as "TV" or "TV app"; slated for 2019 release on numerous other devices including macOS, Roku devices, Amazon Fire TV devices, and smart TVs

Apple TV Channels, a feature of the TV app that aggregates content from popular over the top video on demand subscription services

Apple TV+, a forthcoming over-the-top subscription video on demand service

List of original programs distributed by Apple TV+, original TV shows exclusively on the Apple TV+ service

Apple TV (software)

TV (officially known as the Apple TV app, or just the TV app) is a media player app developed by Apple Inc., originally exclusive to the namesake Apple TV microconsole and devices running iOS, and slated for 2019 offering on Mac computers, numerous smart television models, Roku devices, and Amazon Fire TV devices.It provides a listing of television shows available on video on demand applications from national broadcast networks. It also serves as a media player for television shows and films purchased in the iTunes Store, replacing the "Videos" application on earlier versions of iOS. The app was first introduced in the United States, preinstalled on tvOS 10.1 and iOS 10.2 on December 12, 2016. It was later introduced in Australia and Canada in tvOS 11 and iOS 11, on September 19, 2017. And introduced later on Brazil and Mexico in iOS 11.3, on March 30, 2018.

With updates slated for release in 2019, the app will also function as a central hub for Apple's Apple TV+ service, featuring original content created by Apple and its partners, and its Apple TV Channels service, which will aggregate a la carte video on demand content from popular subscription services including HBO and Showtime.

Baja Broadband

Baja Broadband was a cable television provider based in Alamogordo, New Mexico with subscribers in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The company was acquired on August 2, 2013, by Telephone and Data Systems, a Fortune 1000 company. It was renamed TDS in 2015.Baja Broadband was known as Orange Broadband until 2007. Most of Baja Broadband's systems were former Charter Communications systems acquired in 2006 and US Cable systems acquired in 2011.

Blue Ridge Communications

Blue Ridge Communications is a regional cable television, Internet and voice over IP provider that serves much of the Poconos area and central Pennsylvania in the United States. Products available include analog and digital cable television, HD television programming, PenTeleData Broadband Internet service, and Blue Ridge digital phone service.

Champion Broadband

Champion Broadband was a cable, Internet, and telephone provider in the United States. It previously operated in the Denver and Los Angeles markets along with smaller rural markets.

In August 2014, it was announced that the internet and telephone services were acquired by Giggle Fiber. Cable TV services were not acquired and were still in operation by Champion Broadband. Both companies are still owned and run by Mark and Dave Haverkate.

Cobridge Communications

Cobridge Communications was a cable television, high-speed internet, and digital telephone service provider.


D-Smart is a Turkish satellite television provider launched in 2007. It launched high-definition television broadcasts in 2008. By late 2012, D-Smart had around 1.6m subscribers, of which around half were free-to-air customers; revenues were around EUR350m.

DoCoMo Pacific

DOCOMO PACIFIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of predominant mobile phone operator in Japan, NTT DOCOMO. With combined offerings to include the latest mobile services, television, internet and telephone services, DOCOMO PACIFIC is the largest provider of telecommunications and entertainment services serving Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the military installations in the area.

Headquartered in Tamuning, Guam, DOCOMO PACIFIC was originally a merger of Guamcell Communications and HafaTel. It was acquired in December 2006 by NTT DoCoMo, a spin-off of Japanese communication company Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. The acquisition allowed NTT DOCOMO the opportunity to share its technology with the region as including significant investments and upgrades in DOCOMO PACIFIC.In October 2008, DOCOMO PACIFIC was first on Guam to introduce the fastest and only 3.5G network. In November 2011, DOCOMO PACIFIC launched 4G HSPA+ service on Guam followed by the launch of advanced 4G LTE service in October 2012.

On May 22, 2013, DOCOMO PACIFIC acquired MCV Broadband (full name Marianas Cable Vision Broadband) from Seaport Capital, an investment company based in New York City. Seaport acquired MCV in 2005, adding it to its portfolio of cable companies that Seaport had an ownership stake in, including Everest Cable, MetroCast Cablevision, Mid-Missouri Telephone Company and Otelco Holdings.

GTA Teleguam

GTA Teleguam (GTA) is the principal telecommunications company in Guam, providing telephone, cellular, internet and television services to residents of the island. The firm is based in Tamuning.The majority owner of GTA Telegaum is the Japanese firm Advantage Partners LLP, through its private equity investment funds. Advantage completed the purchase of GTA in 2011 following approval of the deal by the United States Federal Communications Commission and the Guam Public Utilities Commission. The President and Chief Executive Officer of GTA is Robert W. Haulbrook, Jr.

GlobeCast World TV

GlobeCast World TV was a television via satellite service received in North America via the Galaxy 19 satellite, providing ethnic television and audio channels. It was a service by Globecast, a subsidiary of Orange. In North America, the satellite broadcasts dozens of Arabic and Asian channels.

The direct-to-home service was providing free-to-air and Nagravision-encrypted channels. The pay TV service was shut down at the end of 2013, but the free-to-air channels remain available on Galaxy 19. The brand World TV and the associated web site are now terminated.

In Europe, the GlobeCast World TV service was officially launched in June 2007, but was discontinued in 2008. It was received via Intelsat 905 satellite and was providing a bouquet of ethnic TV channels from India and Pakistan.

Also, in 2012 and 2013, Globecast operated MyGlobeTV, a set of Internet-delivered pay-TV ethnic packages to connected devices: Netgem Internet set-top-box, iOS and Android devices.

Graceba Total Communications

Graceba Total Communications was an American company that provided cable TV and broadband Internet service to Houston County, Alabama.

King Videocable

King Videocable was a broadcast cable television company based in Seattle, Washington. It was owned by the King Broadcasting Company, then-owners of Seattle television station KING-TV. The company was sold to Tele-Communications Inc.


PlusTV was a Finnish digital terrestrial television distributor owned by Finnish telecommunications company DNA. It is one of two pay television distributors in the Finnish terrestrial network, the other being Canal Digital.

The package started in November 2006, initially only containing the MTV3 Max and MTV3 Juniori channels. In April 2007, the movie channel MTV3 Leffa launched in the Subtv Juniori downtime.

With the closedown of the analogue signal on September 1, 2007, a new multiplex was launched, allowing the addition of seven new channels: Discovery Channel, Eurosport, MTV3 Fakta, MTV Finland and Nickelodeon. It also meant that the formerly free-to-air pornographic Digiviihde channel joined the PlusTV package.In September, 2013 DNA Oy bought PlusTV.

Satview Broadband

Satview is a cable television Master System Operator in the United States, with franchise cable television systems in the State of Nevada. Satview offers Video, High Speed Internet and Telephone Service in Battle Mountain, Elko, Topaz Lake, Nevada. The operator serves mainly rural towns and cities. It has cable franchises in Elko, Douglas and Lander County, Nevada.

Satview is headquartered in Reno, Nevada.

In Nevada the company operates in the cities of Elko, Carlin, Battle Mountain, Jackpot, Wells, Topaz Lake.

Spectrum TV Stream

Spectrum TV Stream is an American over-the-top internet television service owned by Charter Communications. The service – which is structured as a virtual multichannel video programming distributor – is only available to Charter Spectrum internet customers. It is designed as an alternative to other competing OTT skinny bundles for cord cutters, offering a selection of major cable channels and on-demand content that can be streamed through smart TVs, digital media players, and mobile apps.

UA-Columbia Cablevision

UA-Columbia Cablevision was a cable television provider in the United States. Originally partially owned by United Artists Entertainment (UA), UA would later gain full control. It was one of the largest providers in the early years of cable TV service. It is noted for being part of a joint-venture in the 1970s that would lead to the formation of one of the first cable networks, the USA Network. It was the first cable system for the San Antonio, Texas area. In 1983 the San Antonio division of UA-Columbia was spun off to Canadian-based Rogers Cablesystems which sold spun off its United States cable systems to Paragon Cable out in Minnesota in 1989. In 1991, Tele-Communications, Inc. (the largest cable provider in the US at the time) merged with UA Entertainment making UA-Columbia Cablevision a wholly owned subsidiary of TCI. It later became United Artists Cable before TCI dropped the UA name from their cable systems altogether.

United States Satellite Broadcasting

United States Satellite Broadcasting was a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based satellite television company that ran from 1981 to 1999. It was absorbed into DirecTV in 1999.

Xfinity Instant TV

Xfinity Instant TV is an American over-the-top internet television service owned by Comcast. The service – which is structured as a virtual multichannel video programming distributor – is only available to Comcast Xfinity internet customers. It is designed as an alternative to other competing OTT skinny bundles for cord cutters, offering a selection of major cable channels and on-demand content that can be streamed through smart TVs, digital media players, and mobile apps.

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