There are already thousands of apps available for the Apple TV with more arriving every day, this is already more than the competition offers. However, it appears that, at least in the UK, the majority of these apps are games. If it’s TV and movies you are after it looks like we have a wait before that content is available.
In the meantime we have Netflix and iTunes – and most recently Now TV available, but there are more ‘channels’ on the way including BBC iPlayer.
Netflix – this is the real reason most people own an Apple TV in the UK (let’s face it, there’s not much else on offer in terms of box sets and movies) costs £5.99 a month and gives you access to a huge library of content. Our only complaint is that we preferred the Netflix channel on the old Apple TV to the Netflix app on the new Apple TV, it was easier to navigate.
Now TV – this is basically a Sky subscription without a satellite dish, is now available on the 4th generation Apple TV. It wasn’t initially available on tvOS, despite being available on the older Apple TV.
To take advantage of Now TV on the new Apple TV you’ll need to sign up for a pass: the Entertainment Month Pass is £6.99 per month; Sky Movies Month Pass is £9.99 per month; and the Sky Sports Day Pass is £6.99 a day. You can get a free 14-day trial for Entertainment and Sky Movies.
iPlayer – The BBC has confirmed iPlayer is on it’s way, but we don’t know when it will arrive. Until it does you can only watch iPlayer on a TV connected to an Apple TV if you use AirPlay to stream it to the box. The lack of On Demand content for the Apple TV is a key reason why people in the UK are turning to other set top boxes like the Roku which do offer the On Demand channels. See the next slide for how to watch iPlayer on the Apple TV now.
Wimbledon – The tennis may also appear on the Apple TV next summer, the Wimbledon digital boss Alexandra Willis
told Marketing. However, the Wimbledon app wouldn’t show live gameplay, but rather archive footage or analysis, which seems a bit of a missed opportunity.
Al Jazeera – This is one of the first news outlets to appear on the Apple TV. Users will be able to save videos for later viewing, access all saved content from the Watch List, have 24-hour access to Al Jazeera’s live video stream and follow a full schedule to see what’s coming up later in the day.
Plex – For the first time the Plex media server has been made officially available on the Apple TV (previously to get Plex you had to jailbreak the Apple TV, and it’s only available on the new Apple TV now). It lets you view media stored on your computer (videos, TV shows, and so on) and stream it to your iOS device or Apple TV. When you install it it will scan your Mac and present all your media in an iTunes like interface. The Apple TV app is free, unlike the iPhone app which requires an in-app purchase to unlock functionality. Plex is free. You may have to download the latest media server and install it on your NAS drive. Read our
Plex for Apple TV review
YouTube – There’s a YouTube App for Apple TV, as you’d expect.
Amazon Video – Amazon is said to be bringing Amazon Video to the new Apple TV. TechCrunch
reports that iOS developer Dan Bostonweeks contacted Amazon and was told that the company is “currently working in developing a new app for the Apple T