Apple TV Adds A&E, History, Lifetime Channels

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Apple TV owners woke up to three new channels on Monday: A&E, History, and Lifetime. The new channels appeared without users needing to install any updates, and backs up the notion that Apple is serious about bringing more content to its little set top box.

Apple TV adds A&E, History, Lifetime channelsApple TV adds A&E, History, Lifetime channels

Like many other channels available on Apple TV, you'll need a subscription through your cable or satellite provider, although some limited content is available for free. Popular titles such as Bates Motel, Storage Wars, Pawn Stars, Vikings, Devious Maids, and more are available.

Not all cable providers are supported right now, but Apple is most likely working on deals to expand access to the new channels to more customers.

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Seeing more channels come to Apple TV is great, but it doesn't make it any easier to cut the cord because you still need to have a cable or satellite subscription. For now, it's just another way to watch content that's already available to you.


Lee Dronick

Quite a few reality shows in those channels. Should I surrender to them or slog on up the hill to Highbrow?

Sean Molin

And by “not all cable providers” you mean “virtually no cable providers.”

At launch, the only content providers you can sign into are DirecTV, Optimum, and Verizon FiOS. Pathetic.

Gary Brockie

Unfortunately, we 1st generation Apple TV owners can no longer connect to the iTunes Store. This has not stopped my Apple TV from trying, it has made it so jerky that is unusable.


US Dept of Justice should look into the restraint of trade relationships between the cable (and satellite) companies and the content providers.

We now have more commercials than we did when the only option was broadcast TV. Just another example of how corruption of our elected officials—through bribes euphemistically known as campaign contributions—has increased costs and lessened service for consumers. Even the makeup of the FCC board has been corrupted. And increased corruption has been introduced by Republican-appointed justices in McCutcheon and Citizens United decisions.

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