Naturally, just as we
rounded up the complete list of Apple TV channels, Cupertino added a few more options to its set-top box on Tuesday. Alongside a new app for the premium Showtime network, the company also launched a channel for content from its own annual iTunes Festival.
The Showtime app, much like that of rival HBO, offers a catalog of movies and the company’s own original programming. In an unusual move, however, the app also boasts the ability to watch live TV, letting subscribers flip over to whatever’s currently airing on either Showtime East or Showtime West. You can also get a look at what’s coming up on the channel later in the day or week. Of course, in order to actually watch any of the content, you’ll have to authenticate with your TV provider—sorry, cord cutters.
Music fans don’t have to suffer any such indignities at the hands of the iTunes Festival channel. Apple’s own channel lets anybody browse through the list of artists performing at the
annual concert, which kicks off on September 1 and runs throughout the month at London’s Roundhouse. You can view the entire lineup and read profiles of the various musicians, as well as—of course—take a look at their albums for sale in the iTunes store. Each artist’s page also gives you a countdown timer to let you know exactly how long you have before they take the stage. You can also view photos of previous festivals and, of course, you’ll be able to eventually stream the performances live or on-demand.
Dan has been writing about all things Apple since 2006, when he first started contributing to the MacUser blog. He's a prolific podcaster and the author of the Galactic Cold War series, including his latest, The Nova Incident.