Apple announced today online cable services HBO GO and Watch ESPN are now available on Apple TV's roster of streaming channels. Unfortunately, the positive news is hampered by two major caveats: both streaming channel services still require a traditional cable or satellite subscription to access content, and each channel has specific providers lists limiting who can watch content via each Apple TV app...
Apple TV owners wanting to catch all their favorite moments of Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire via HBO GO will now have the option to do so from the streaming device's app launch screen. That is, unless you're a DirecTV or Charter subscriber, which are blocked from this option. Similarly WatchESPN is blocking DirecTV or Dish subscribers from getting their SportsCenter highlights on. One step forward, two steps back toward an a la carte, cable free world.
Also joining HBO Go, WatchESPN, Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV and NBA channels are three new content providers: Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello. Full details and Apple announcement here.
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