Apple TV gets ABC News, PBS Kids, AOL On, Willow TV and redesigned Flickr app

ABC News channel - Apple TV
Late last year, ABC launched an Apple TV channel called Watch ABC, which not only has the broadcast network’s programming on demand, but in some cities you could also watch the live broadcast of the local affiliate. 

But there was a big caveat, in order to watch content that might be available via cable or even old-school broadcast TV, you needed a cable TV subscription.
But we’ve some good news for cord cutters dropped or considering to drop your cable TV subscription in favor of streaming shows and movies over the Internet. ABC News has just launched a new Apple TV channel, which brings live and on-demand content to Apple’s set-top box free of charge.
ABC News on Apple TV offers more choices for how, when and where to get the video content you want. Unlike other news offerings, ABC News provides a robust line-up of original and on-demand content and up to four live streaming events at once, allowing viewers to select and view the live news they care about most. From court trials and breaking news to the daily White House press briefing, live continuous coverage of the day’s top stories, videos and more are instantly accessible with ABC News on Apple TV.
The new ABC news channel includes the following features:
- 24/7 access to live and on-demand video with four separate live video streams to choose from.
Video news updates on the hour and four to five live reports per day to cover breaking news.
Local content from nine television stations around the United States: WABC (New York), KABC (Los Angeles), WLS (Chicago), WPVI (Philadelphia), KGO (San Francisco), KTRK (Houston), WTVD (Raleigh), KFSN (Fresno), and WISN (Milwaukee).
Curated stories and videos highlighting the top news stories of the moment, updated throughout the day.
50 years of historical footage from ABC News’ archives, including “This Week in History” and “The Day in Pictures” features. 
In addition to ABC News, Apple has also added new channels for PBS Kids, AOL On, Willow TV, a sports channel dedicated to international cricket and a redesigned Flickr app.
It is great to see content providers like ABC offering the new Apple TV channel that doesn’t require viewers to have a cable subscription. The ABC News channel is currently available only in the U.S, but ABC has said that availability will expand worldwide “in the coming weeks”.
[via MacRumors]

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