Skip to main content

Apple TV adds channels for ABC News, AOL, PBS Kids, and a redesigned Flickr app

Apple TV adds channels for ABC News, AOL, PBS Kids, and a redesigned Flickr app

Share this story

Apple TV owners are getting a few new options for content this month, led by ABC News and AOL. The former offers both live and on-demand news feeds, mixing in entertainment coverage, original programming, and live hourly updates. You'll also find highlights from ABC News' programming lineup including Good Morning America, World News, 20/20, and Nightline. Unlike WatchABC — which offers on-demand access to the network's primetime shows — using ABC News doesn't require a cable subscription. The app offers deeper local news coverage for "nine major markets" according to ABC. These include New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and others. As an added bonus, history buffs can dig through a wealth of ABC News archive footage amassed over the last 50 years.

AOL is bringing over 900,000 videos to Apple TV with the launch of its "AOL On" channel on Apple's set-top box. These include clips from AOL properties like The Huffington Post, but CNET reports you can also expect a variety of content sourced from AOL's media partners including The New York Times and ESPN. Everything's free, but that means you'll have to put up with ads if you want to watch.

Also new is PBS Kids which, as the name implies, focuses on the channel's children-oriented programming. Here again, you don't need to worry about entering cable credentials to stream shows. A revamped Flickr app and Willow TV — think MLB.TV but for cricket — round out today's Apple TV additions.