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Apple Adds ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, and KORTV Channels to Apple TV

Apple today added yet another set of channels to its Apple TV set-top box, including a "Watch ABC" channel to allow subscribers to certain cable services to watch content from their local ABC affiliate through Apple TV. Other additions include financial channel Bloomberg, streaming movie and TV show channel Crackle, and Korean channel KORTV.

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Today's launches are just a few of the many additions for Apple TV over the past few months, with the most recent previous addition having been Yahoo Screen and PBS last month. Other recent additions included Major League Soccer and Disney Junior in September, Vevo, Smithsonian, and Disney in August, and WatchESPN and HBO GO in June. Apple is also reportedly in talks to launch channels for cable provider Time Warner Cable and TV network The CW.

Update: 9to5Mac has a behind the scenes look at the development process for the Bloomberg channel.
Apple has already streamlined the process of building its current lineup of Apple TV apps— which mostly consist of streaming video content— to the point where developers can quickly and easy build apps through an easy to use SDK, much like on iOS. The team behind the development of the Bloomberg app, which consisted of two developers under Bloomberg’s head of mobile and connected devices Oke Okaro, told me that Apple’s toolkit, an SDK of sorts, has “made it quite easy to build the apps.” The team of two developers along with Okaro built the app in just five weeks. Most of that time was spent testing and optimizing the video experience.
Apple reportedly provided some input and feedback along the way in terms of optimizing the user experience, but largely allowed Bloomberg to define what it wanted to include in the channel.

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18 weeks ago
It's great that they keep adding channels/apps to the Apple TV .... but now they are at the point where a major UI rewrite is required, it is getting to cluttered and the 'channels' are not integrated, but instead separate without e.g. common search interface for shows/movies/... etc
Rating: 31 Positives
18 weeks ago

You can. Go into the Parental Restrictions in Settings. Hide apps.

This should be stickied into every Apple TV article.
Rating: 17 Positives
18 weeks ago

Would be great to have the ability to hide some of the channels not interested in, now that they have so many.


You can. Go into the Parental Restrictions in Settings. Hide apps.
Rating: 17 Positives
18 weeks ago
Can we have a Plex channel please?
Rating: 17 Positives
18 weeks ago
Awesome, more channels that I can't watch because I don't subscribe to a cable or satellite service.
Rating: 15 Positives
18 weeks ago
so, I just checked out Apple.com

for WATCH ABC the asterisk said this:
Free with your subscription through participating cable and satellite providers.


What stinks is my parents have NEVER subscribed to cable/satellite/dish/etc. They are still using their HUGE antenna on the roof for HDTV (quite clear too) broadcasts. They can easily watch ABC on TV or online BUT seems they won't be able to with Apple TV.

I understand this is probably an ABC thing and not something Apple dictated but it SUCKS! especially since ABC is an Over-The-Air network!
Rating: 12 Positives
18 weeks ago
Please add Plex, that's all I need. And Amazon. Plex and Amazon, that's all I need. And the NFL.

Amazon, Plex, and the NFL. And this ashtray. The ashtray and the paddle game and that's all I need... And this remote control.
Rating: 12 Positives
18 weeks ago
The absence of Amazon Instant Video is still baffling.
Rating: 8 Positives
18 weeks ago

Unfortunately not. I have comcast and I don't even bother with it. I'm struggling to understand why ABC which I assume is a free to air channel needs authentication to watch.


I was wondering the same. I pick up ABC in glorious HD easily at my house, with a $20 dollar antenna. So why would they force authentication makes my head hurt.
Rating: 6 Positives
18 weeks ago


Hopefully ABC is a non-activation one.


Unfortunately not. I have comcast and I don't even bother with it. I'm struggling to understand why ABC which I assume is a free to air channel needs authentication to watch.
Rating: 6 Positives

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