Apple TV Channels

updated by Chand Bellur
September 11, 2022 at 1:40 p.m.

Since its debut in 2007, Apple TV has gradually improved its channel lineup. Let’s take a look at Apple TV’s channels and what they have to offer.

This article presents a complete guide to Apple TV channels. Whether you have a new Apple TV or an older model, we’ll cover how to access Apple TV channels and available networks. The information presented here is also valuable for those using the Apple TV app on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC, Xbox, smart TV, or other devices.

Two main divisions exist in the Apple TV world — legacy Apple TV and modern Apple TV. The second and third-generation models, which cannot run tvOS, are still used by many people today. Although they can’t run apps and have fixed channels, AirPlay allows users to beam content from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Fourth-generation and later Apple TV models run tvOS and feature the App Store. These devices run the Apple TV app, and users can subscribe to Apple TV+.

After several years, splitting this page into two articles became necessary. Apple TV channels evolved beyond the Apple TV device. People can now access this content on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows PC, or smart TV. The channels are different too. Older Apple TVs had more channels; however, without an App Store, they’re far more limited than newer models.

Many Apple TV “channels,” such as Netflix, are sold as complete apps downloaded from the App Store. On older Apple TV models, they baked these into the system. Users activated Netflix, Hulu, and other services by subscribing. Eventually, Apple provided the ability to hide channels on the Home Screen of older models as more content options joined the fray.

If you have a modern iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, computer, or smart TV and you’re looking for information on Apple TV Channels, look no further. This article lists every Apple TV channel in alphabetical order, along with its price. We’ll also examine how to subscribe to and cancel Apple TV channels. Those who still own second and third-generation Apple TVs should read “Legacy Apple TV Channels for Second and Third Generation Apple TVs.”

What is Apple TV Anyway?

Apple employees and consultants are generally adept at naming products and services. Apple TV is an exception. The overloaded term describes a device, an app, and a service. It’s a premium service when you add a “+” to the end, making it Apple TV+.

Let’s reiterate — Apple TV is a device, an app, and a service. The Apple TV device is a hockey-puck-sized unit that connects to a flat-screen TV with an HDMI cable. Apple TV is also an app that runs on almost all Apple devices, Windows 10, Xbox, and many more gadgets. It’s surprising to see Apple branch out; however, they’re trying to compete with Netflix. Like Netflix, Apple TV+ is a subscription service offering TV shows and movies produced by Apple.

What Are Apple TV Channels?

Apple TV Channels are essentially niche on-demand content services offered at a low cost. The original Apple TV models featured channels like Netflix and, eventually, Hulu. Apple reclassified these as streaming services, not channels. Typically, most Apple TV, iPhone, and “whatever” device users access Netflix through its apps or website. Apple TV Channels are different.

Apple TV Channels run within the Apple TV app. They’re often unique partnerships with Apple to offer select content at a low price. Many Apple TV channels are less than $5 per month, targeting niche audiences.

PBS Living is a perfect example of a modern-day Apple TV Channel. It doesn’t have a presence on cable TV. At $2.99 per month, forget about the latte analogy. It costs less than a cheap cup of coffee at a fast-food restaurant. You also get what you pay for. The content is limited, but that’s the point.

Apple TV Channels are specific, inexpensive, and mostly unique experiences. Some providers, such as Starz, offer their complete service as an Apple TV channel. However, most take advantage of Apple TV to provide viewers with something different.

For legacy Apple TV owners — those with second and third-generation models — Apple TV Channels are similar but much more basic. These primordial Apple TV units don’t have an App Store because they can’t run tvOS. They’re essentially glorified iPods that connect to your TV. Instead, Apple TV Channels appeared when Apple updated the Home Screen.

These legacy Apple TV Channels are covered in another article. They haven’t changed in years, and they don’t apply to most people. Unlike modern Apple TV Channels, these only exist on older Apple TV units and never made their way onto the iPhone or other devices. I suspect there are probably a few million second and third-generation Apple TVs still in use today. However, the majority of Apple TV customers will find the most relevant information right here.

How to Access and Subscribe to Apple TV Channels on Apple TV

For this section, let’s assume you’re using an Apple TV. The Apple TV app is available on many devices and platforms; however, one of the best experiences is using a flat-screen TV and an Apple TV box. Assuming that you’re on the Home screen of Apple TV, the following steps will guide you through accessing and subscribing to Apple TV channels.

  1. Using the Siri remote, hold down the microphone button and say, “launch Apple TV”. The Apple TV app appears.Launch Apple TV App Using the Siri Remote
  2. Swipe over to Watch Now on the top menu bar using the Siri remote’s Touch surface or Touch-enabled clickpad.Use Siri Remote to Display Watch Now ScreenSelect Watch Now From Menu Using Siri Remote
  3. Scroll down to the Channels section of the Watch Now screen.Scroll Down to the Channels Section of the Watch Now Screen
  4. Scroll horizontally to browse Apple TV channels and click on one to view its details.Scroll Horizontally and Click on Apple TV Channel to View Details
  5. View the details of your selected channel. Many channels come with free trials, with some offered at no cost. Click on “Try It Free” or the subscribe button to access the channel. Press the Menu button to exit the detail screen.Click on Try It Free
  6. If you opted into a subscription, you’ll see a confirmation screen. Click on Confirm to complete the transaction or Cancel to opt out. Remember to cancel your subscription one day before the trial period elapses if you’re not interested in the network.Confirm or Cancel Subscription
  7. The channel’s screen appears immediately after subscribing. From here, you can browse content and play TV shows and movies.Apple TV Channel Appears Immediately After SubscribingApple TV Channel's Home Screen

Subscribed channels appear in the same list, ordered by the ones you’ve activated on the left. When you want to browse your subscribed Apple TV channel, launch the Apple TV app, choose the Watch Now tab, and scroll down to the Channels list.

Unfortunately, Siri is incapable of servicing channel-specific requests. Simply asking Siri to “open the PBS Living channel” or any permutation of this request doesn’t work. Apple’s intelligent assistant continually steers the user to the App Store, perhaps hoping they’ll make another purchase. For now, using the Siri remote to navigate the Apple TV app provides the easiest way to access your favorite channels.

How to Cancel Apple TV Channel Subscriptions

Apple is a little sneaky when it comes to subscriptions. By default, they turn off email receipts. Many people subscribe to Apple services they don’t use at all, yet they’re entirely unaware of this wasteful situation. Even worse, it’s so simple to cancel an Apple service. You can do it on your iPhone, iPad, or other devices. Although it’s not hidden, Apple doesn’t make it obvious how to cancel Apple TV channel subscriptions. Find out how to turn on email receipts and cancel Apple TV channels.

Apple TV Channels

The following Apple TV Channels are available on fourth-generation (or later) Apple TV units, as well as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows computers, Xbox, and myriad other devices. Most channels offer a trial period of 7 days before billing begins. This information is clearly displayed on each channel’s home screen.

 

  • A&E Crime Central – $4.99 A&E Crime Central Apple TV Channel
  • Acorn TV – $6.99 Acorn TV Apple TV Channel
  • allblk – $5.99 allblk Apple TV Channel
  • AMC+ – $8.99AMC+ Apple TV Channel
  • Apple TV+ – $4.99Apple TV+ Apple TV Channel
  • BBC Select – $4.99BBC Select Apple TV Channel
  • BET+ – $9.99BET+ Apple TV Channel
  • BFI Player Classics – $5.99BFI Player Classics Apple TV Channel
  • BritBox – $6.99BritBox Apple TV Channel
  • Carnegie Hall+ – $7.99Carnegie Hall+ Apple TV Channel
  • Cinemax – $9.99Cinemax Apple TV Channel
  • Curiosity – $2.99Curiosity Apple TV Channel
  • EPIX – $5.99EPIX Apple TV Channel
  • Eros Now Select – $3.49Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
  • Hallmark Movies Now – $5.99Hallmark Movies Now Apple TV Channel
  • History Vault – $4.99History Vault Apple TV Channel
  • IFC Films Unlimited – $5.99IFC Films Unlimited Apple TV Channel
  • Lifetime Movie Club – $4.99Lifetime Movie Club Apple TV Channel
  • Moonbug Kids – $1.99Moonbugs Kids Apple TV Channel
  • Motortrend – $4.99Motortrend Apple TV Channel
  • MUBI – $10.99MUBI Apple TV Channel
  • noggin – $7.99noggin Apple TV Channel
  • OUT TV – $3.99OUT TV Apple TV Channel
  • Pantaya – $5.99Pantaya Apple TV Channel
  • Paramount+ – $9.99Paramount+ Apple TV Channel
  • PBS Living – $2.99PBS Living Apple TV Channel
  • ScreenPix – $2.99ScreenPix Apple TV Channel
  • Showtime – $10.99Showtime Apple TV Channel
  • Shudder – $5.99Shudder Apple TV Channel
  • Starz – $8.99Starz Apple TV Channel
  • Sundance Now – $6.99Sundance Now Apple TV Channel
  • Tastemade – $2.99Tastemade Apple TC Channel
  • The Great Courses Signature Collection – $7.99The Great Courses Signature Collection Apple TV Channel
  • Topic – $5.99Topic Apple TV Channel
  • UP faith & family – $4.99UP faith & family Apple TV Channel
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122 comments

    1. Yes, but not through the Apple TV app. Instead, go to the App Store on your Apple TV and download the Paramount+ and Acorn apps.

      From what I understand, Apple TV Channels are a specific deal. I couldn’t find anywhere in the user interface where they allow one to restore a purchase or sign in manually.

      It’s such an Apple thing. They love to lock things down. Of course, if you subscribe outside of the Apple ecosystem, they don’t get a cut.

      Thank you for the comment. I should add this to the article.

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