A LOOK AT APPLE TV APPS

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The Apple TV 4K is a media player unit that can make for a good media center when equipped with suitable apps. Many apps may be free to install but they are loaded with paywalls galore. There are many free choices which makes this guide worth bookmarking.

This list was built in Canada but Apple TV is nominally location agnostic. Some media choices are blocked which is very distasteful.

Only a few Apple TV channels will stonewall viewers who don’t have a TV provider. These channels offer absolutely no free content.

Other free apps gained enough uses that embedded ads earn some money. It seems that the business models for many apps need to be reconsidered.

FREE TO WATCH APPS

  • Al Jazeera
  • ABC News
  • Bloomberg
  • CBC News
  • CBS News
  • CBS Sports
  • CityTV
  • GlobalTV
  • Plex
  • RT
  • Tubi
  • Youtube

Some channels want to authenticate that users have the channel in their cable box. The whole idea of Apple TV is to dispense with the cable box and its attendant costs. Given the channels are ad supported the privacy violation is obviated. The violator list:

  • CBC Gem (sign in)
  • CTV News (sign in)
  • NBC News (sign in)
  • Sky News (does not work)

The demand for signing is stupid. The privacy infringement is obvious. The can easily use IP location to see I am in Canada. So the list shall show the privacy violations.

PAYWALLED APPS

Prices shown are monthly rates. Some channels offer annual rates. While all of the apps are free to install, and some even offer a trial of the service to new prospective viewer, the channels generally still have ads which calls into question the economics of the business.

Many commercial services have come and gone over the years. Some previously free services have been forced to become subscription services. All prices are in US dollars.

  • Acorn TV ($5.99)
  • A&E Crime Central ($4.99)
  • AMC+ ($8.99)
  • Apple TV+ ($4.99)
  • Arrow Video Channel ($4.99)
  • BET+ ($9.99)
  • BFI Player Classics ($5.99)
  • Britbox ($6.99)
  • CBS All Access ($9.99)
  • CBS All Access +  Showtime (bundle – $9.99*)
  • Cinemax ($9.99)
  • CNBC ($29.99)
  • CollegeHumor Dropout (unknown)
  • Comedy Central Now ($3.99)
  • CuriosityStream ($2.99)
  • Disney+ ($6.99)
  • Epix ($5.99)
  • Eros Now Select ($3.49)
  • Hallmark Movies Now ($5.99)
  • HBO ($14.99)
  • History Vault ($4.99)
  • IFC Films Unlimited ($5.99)
  • Lifetime Movie Club ($3.99)
  • Moonbug Kids ($1.99)
  • MTV Hits ($5.99)
  • Mubi ($10.99)
  • Nick Hits ($7.99)
  • Noggin ($7.99)
  • Pantaya (unknown)
  • PBS (demands doner status)
  • PBS Living ($2.99)
  • Showtime ($10.99)
  • Shudder ($5.99)
  • Smithsonian Channel Plus ($4.99)
  • Starz ($8.99)
  • Sundance Now ($6.99)
  • Tastemade ($4.99)
  • Up Faith & Family ($4.99)
  • Urban Movie Channel ($4.99)

Many channels are exorbitantly priced. This only discourages subscriptions with Apple TV which appears to be taxing the channels at 30% similarly to mobile apps. Many channels are cheaper to buy from the local cable provider due to the Apple tax.

BLOCKED IN CANADA

Canadian consumers occasionally run across blocked services. This does not go unnoticed. This table of shame for services that insult Canadians who are a strong market comparable to Texas or California.

  • Crackle
  • Peacock TV

SYNDICATED COSTS

Some small market televisions channels such as KVOS is only locally available with Cable TV. They do no stream their shows at all. It’s not known if there is any restriction to streaming in the syndicated market. Restrictions do not apply to public domain programming which is seen on many local channels.