Apple TV Adds Fox Now, CNBC Channels

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Fox Now and CNBC joined the Apple TV channel lineup on Tuesday, giving viewers access to shows like Cosmos, 24: Live Another Day, live CNBC content, and more. Unfortunately, the content you get is limited unless you also have a cable subscription.

Fox Now and CNBC join the Apple TV channel lineupFox Now and CNBC join the Apple TV channel lineup

Without a cable subscription, viewers can watch partial seasons for some shows, or show segments in the case of CNBC. Logging in with your cable credentials unlocks all of the available content.

Apple TV owners don't need to do anything to see the new channels on their home screen because they appeared automatically this morning.

Comments

David 1

Aside from getting content for free (which I know I would like) why would Apple (who sells Fox content) or Fox (who makes content to make money) want to give the content away to people “who don’t want to shell out the money for full subscription packages”?

Substance

It is strange to have to have a cable subscription to access through the AppleTV network programming that is free over-the-air.  But wasn’t that something that was at the heart of the Aero case, that cable operators need to be compensated for rebroadcasts of network content or something like that?

The sting of needing a cable subscription isn’t so bad if you already get your Internet through your cable operator, as they often throw in the basic stations in with most of their pricing tiers.

skipaq

This is of no real benefit in the living room; it is useful to those watching on portable devices. What most are hoping for is paying for just the channels you want. No one expects the content providers of giving away their programs.

FlipFriddle

Right. It’s strange that I can watch Cosmos (for example) over the air for free, in Hi-Def (at a higher quality than cable), or DVR that over the air broadcast for free; but when I try to access that same show through an AppleTV app, I now have to be a cable subscriber to get it? I got rid of cable and got an AppleTV to avoid having cable…

I wonder if say, FOX decided to allow Cosmos to stream for free, but included commercials so it was sort of the same as the OTA broadcast, is there some rule about a requirement to include a certain percentage of local advertising making this not possible? If so, maybe Apple should be looking at a way to get local ads into streams. TV for free with ads has worked for decades, why not now?

jscottk

Just being a “cable subscriber” doesn’t get you access. You have to be the right “kind” of cable subscriber. As in, one who pays for the high end packages.

I subscribe to Comcast, I have an AppleTV, I get FOX (it’s even the first station on the dial), I get CNBC. BUT, I don’t subscribe to the (far more expensive) Xfinity package. So, no streaming for me.

Even weirder, all of my correspondences from Comcast are labeled as being from Xfinity, too.

Another day, another new hidden “station” on my AppleTV. Thanks for the one finger salute, Comcast.

Sigh.

freediverx

@akipac “This is of no real benefit in the living room; it is useful to those watching on portable devices”

So for any given show, you prefer being forced to watch only the current episode on your cable company’s rigid broadcast schedule instead of via Apple TV, where you can browse and watch any episodes you want, when you want?

freediverx

@jscottk “Just being a “cable subscriber” doesn’t get you access. You have to be the right “kind” of cable subscriber. As in, one who pays for the high end packages.”

And even then, you will be subjected to obnoxious, non-skippable advertising when watching the shows you’re already paying a premium for.

skipaq

@freediverx I don’t watch much of what is offered today in weekly series TV. Those that I do watch are either on Netflix or I pay for the season on iTunes. While these new channels may be useful to some; I don’t use them. I do like MLB At Bat and would enjoy the same kind of channel for NFL (if this is offered at some point then I could say goodby to cable.)

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