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Apple Begins Promoting 'Live Tune-In' Feature on New Apple TV Splash Screen

Apple today began promoting a new feature on the fourth-generation Apple TV called "Live Tune-In," which lets users jump directly into the live streams of select apps using Siri. The company is specifically promoting CBS, ESPN, and Disney XD as apps that support Live Tune-In, but it hasn't disclosed yet how soon other apps that have live channel functionality will gain the new feature as well.

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To use Live Tune-In, Apple TV users can speak into the Siri Remote using commands like "Watch CBS," or specifically ask to "Watch ESPN live." Other features on the new splash screen of the Apple TV include updates that were released in March's tvOS 9.2 update -- including Folders and Bluetooth keyboard support -- but Apple is just now beginning to promote the Live Tune-In ability as an option for those who watch live channels often on the platform.

Some live streaming apps do require separate subscriptions to be able to watch live TV in the first place, so the CBS app won't work for those who don't have a CBS All Access account. Other live streaming-supported apps that don't appear to incorporate Live Tune-In yet include ABC and Food Network.

(Thanks, Eric!)

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12 months ago



Some live streaming apps do require separate subscriptions to be able to watch live TV in the first place, so the CBS app won't work for those who don't have a CBS All Access account


If CBS wonders why their CBS app has 18,475 one-star ratings, this is one of those reasons. I don't think CBS understands that they're the most generic of broadcast tv. If pretty much anyone in the United States (cord-cutters included) want to watch CBS live tv, just tune into the channel. Additionally they make money from the advertisements from Live TV and still want to charge you to watch live tv.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 months ago

If CBS wonders why their CBS app has 18,475 one-star ratings, this is one of those reasons. I don't think CBS understands that they're the most generic of broadcast tv. If pretty much anyone in the United States (cord-cutters included) want to watch CBS live tv, just tune into the channel. Additionally they make money from the advertisements from Live TV and still want to charge you to watch live tv.


What I don't get is why they can't just offer their shows for free on the app with advertisements just like you watch it on live TV.

It's the same damn thing!!
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
How about activating Siri in more countries?
Rating: 5 Votes
12 months ago

Yep and I want general access to the 3 channels in HD that are worth watching without spending $70 for 900 other channels I could care less about, but we don't get everything we want. Also this thread is talking about a new feature, it is not a debate on why you hate the Apple TV.


Couldn't care less. Not could. Could caring implies you care a bit, which I don't think is what you meant :)

What I want is for the Apple TV to actually be of some use in the UK - with more than just the BBC being on it. Until then - not interested.

Nice to see some changes are happening, though...
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago

Not going to have a device connected to my TV that locks me into one walled garden. I want competition and I want direct access to the media outlets I value. So make it work on a general computer or I'll continue with antenna TV.


Yep and I want general access to the 3 channels in HD that are worth watching without spending $70 for 900 other channels I could care less about, but we don't get everything we want. Also this thread is talking about a new feature, it is not a debate on why you hate the Apple TV.
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
It's interesting to see broadcast networks finally confront how much viewers value their programming in dollar amounts. They've been making "good enough" programs that are attractive to advertisers, but not the sort of thing that people are going to subscribe with actual dollars. Who is really going to pay $10 a month / $120 a year to watch NCIS: Boise ?
Rating: 4 Votes
12 months ago
As long as you need a cable subscription for this to work (authenticating with the cable company when the app is launched), this feature is a non-starter. The idea behind the app is great -- finally we can use the Internet to watch live TV. But the huge problem is that most of the U.S. gets its Internet from cable companies who charge more for Internet access if you don't get their bundled cable TV packages.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago

They don't give a crap about those star ratings. Star ratings don't generate revenue, and as long as cable/satellite pays more money than individuals they're not going to change... or care. CBS doesn't charge to watch live tv, the cable company does. CBS allows their broadcast to be under than cable umbrella, again cuz money. When they find a way to monetize cord cutters and cable subscribers in equal measure, you'll start to see a change. Until then, their attitude is "Take your free access through OTA antennas and shut up. If you want integrated, easy access get a cable sub."


I agree, except that I have a cable subscription and that does not give me an all access pass. If I want this app to watch material that I could get for free with an OTA antenna on my TV, and that I can watch from my paid subscription, I have to pay for a pass on top of the money that I paid to Comcast. That's why I gave a 1 star rating. They can completely bite me.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago

I guess this is a nice addition, but I probably will never use it. Watching live TV is almost as painful as listening to FM radio with all the ads.

It would be nice if Apple would fix all the bugs on TvOS. Between the bugs, lack of good apps(where is Amazon?), and the subpar apps available for the ATV4, I was thinking of going back to my ATV3.


I sold my ATV 4 and hooked up the 3 so that I could watch the Itunes content I've purchased, and the Dark theme actually looks miles better than the blinding white theme of the newest gen
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago

CBS doesn't charge to watch live tv, the cable company does.


100% False. Local channels charge the TV Providers a rights fee to carry their channels. The same goes for all of the popular channels. They charge the providers on a per subscriber basis. ESPN gets $6/sub, just for ESPN alone. The other ESPN2 and the other also charge on a per subscriber basis although far less than ESPN. IF ESPN went with a stand alone package it would range from $25-35/per person from the numbers I am hearing.

It is the carriage fees charged by the individual channels that drive the prices up and if you go al la carte it'll be even higher.
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