New Apple TV to be released next week with new CBS and NBC apps but no new TV service

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, announced on the stage of The Wall Street Journal’s tech conference that the new Apple TV will be available to order on Monday, October 26th, and will arrive later that week. Released this week, and available on both the new and old Apple TV, are new apps from NBC and CBS, which join existing apps from Fox and ABC to round out the big four US broadcast networks. The NBC app requires users to log in with their cable provider to view most content, while the CBS app requires subscribing to CBS All Access, their à la carte service, which costs $5.99 per month for on-demand access to CBS’s content as well as live TV streaming in select major markets. In comparison, the Amazon Fire TV has an ABC app and will gain an app from Fox soon, but has shown no indication of receiving NBC and CBS apps. As for the live TV service that Apple is rumored to be working on, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be seeing that anytime soon. CBS CEO Les Moonves told Bloomberg that they’ve been in talks with Apple, but doesn’t know when the service will launch. Cook did call the new Apple TV “the foundation of the future of TV” on stage, so it doesn’t seem like Apple is content with just the new hardware.


  1. Pablo says:

    Most important question is, if kodi will be available on it. With a jailbreak needed or without one.

    • Vic says:

      I think it will ever be an official app. If you jailbroke it, and I hear you can’t jailbreak ATV 4, Kodi won’t run on an iOS device beyond 5.0.2.

  2. Donnie Turner says:

    NBC said they’re working on bringing the NBC app to Fire TV and Chromecast.

  3. vuilcan195 says:

    I tried the NBC App on the Apple TV … I watched Seth Myers Late Show … and compared the same to the stream on Hulu Plus. Hulu Plus is several magnitudes superior to the NBC app on Apple TV.

    For Hulu users, these Apps hold no value – especially since these single-network Apps have much longer commercial breaks in them.

  4. shwru980r says:

    I don’t have the patience to watch live TV with commercials. These live streams are worthless to me.

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