Sling TV announced the debut of its live and on-demand multichannel pay-TV service on Apple TV. Sling’s suite of services, including its single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings, are available to Sling TV customers once they download the app from the App Store on 4th generation Apple TV.
Last year, Amazon appeared to have confirmed that they were developing a tvOS app for Prime Video, but the second-largest streaming service in the United States is still missing from the Apple TV. Speaking at Vox Media’s Code Conference yesterday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said the company wants “acceptable business terms” before it can bring Prime Video to platforms like Apple TV.
NCAA announced that it will allow direct access to all the March Madness 2016 games across more platforms than ever before, including the new Apple TV. NCAA March Madness Live app will be available on the Apple TV App Store this Thursday, in time for the playoffs, which kick off March 15.
PBS has announced it will launch new 24/7 children’s services later this year. Provided by local stations, the free services include a new TV channel and live stream on digital platforms. Viewers will be able to watch the station-branded live stream through pbskids.org and on the PBS Kids app, which is already available on Apple TV (as well as on a variety of mobile devices, tablets and over-the-top platforms).
After expanding universal search on Apple TV 4 to include Fox Now, FXNow, and National Geographic TV earlier in the month, Apple now added four new channels – Watch ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Jr and Disney XD – to the list of services supported by one of the key features of the new Apple TV.
At launch, the feature was limited to iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, HBO Now, Showtime and Showtime Anytime, but later Apple expanded it to include PBS and PBS Kids.