Apple TV users will find a couple more apps on their home screens this week with the arrival of CBS Sports and USA Now.
The new channels should appear automatically, bringing Apple TV’s total third-party app count to 59. As always, you can hide unwanted apps by holding the select button, pressing the play button, and selecting “Hide This Item.”
Cord-cutters should keep in mind that USA Now is worthless without a pay TV subscription, as every single show is fully hidden behind a paywall.
CBS Sports doesn’t have such restrictions. All users can watch short clips from several of the channel’s shows, and each clip automatically plays in succession, making it easy to quickly catch up on sports news.
Apple TV also added NBC Sports Live Extra last week, just in time for the NHL playoffs. While much of the app’s live programming requires a pay TV subscription, all users can watch short clips and tune in to some live shows.
The story behind the story: Unlike Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV, which have full app stores, Apple has taken a more curated approach to its television platform. As such, most of its apps come from major content providers, and there aren’t a lot holes in the lineup. However, Apple may soon change its approach with new Apple TV hardware, which is rumored to have Siri voice controls, a redesigned remote, and a TV-friendly version of the App Store.