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Your complete guide to every third-gen Apple TV channel, A to Z

We break down all the apps for the third-generation Apple TV or older: What you'll find there, how much you'll pay for a subscription, and which cable provider logins are supported.

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How does Apple TV stack up?

Editor's note: Apple relased its fourth-generation Apple TV in October 2015, but that doesn't mean owners of older Apple TV models are out of luck—there are still loads of channels and apps available. This guide is specifically for the third-generation Apple TV sets or older.If you're looking specifically for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, read this story.

When you’re trying to pick a set-top box, content is king. You’re not just picking a box, you’re choosing an ecosystem: If you already buy or rent content from iTunes, the Apple TV seamlessly puts it on the biggest screen in the house. The Fire TV is similarly amazing if you shop for digital media at Amazon, and the Chromecast is great for frequent shoppers of the Google Play Store.

But each box also includes access to dozens of other content sources: Roku and Fire TV have onboard “stores” for finding new channels, but the Apple TV just tosses new channels up on the home screen as they come online. They've been multiplying quickly lately, so we sat down with Apple’s teeny remote and combed through the entire set of offerings. Now you can more easily compare the Apple TV’s selection to the Chromecast and Roku, plus know which channels have free content to watch and which you might as well hide from the menu if you can’t log in with a cable subscription.

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120 Sports

There's no shortage of free Apple TV channels for sports lovers, but most of them are geared toward die-hard fans who need 24/7 coverage of their favorite teams. Sports Illustrated's 120 Sports is different, offering a bite-sized buffet of news and highlights from every league. With ten hours of live programming each day and oodles of clips and on-demand match-ups, it's like a home run, slam dunk, and touchdown all rolled into one.

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A&E

A&E has always marched to the beat of its own drum, and it’s no different on Apple TV. Where other channels force a link with your cable operator to get to the good stuff, A&E offers a slew of full episodes for free, including shows like Duck Dynasty, Intervention, and Flip This House. The selection changes frequently, but all the network’s shows are represented somehow, with clips at the very least.

Cable subscribers who log in get the same shows but with far more episodes available, as well as live streaming. Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Verizon Fios are among the biggest cable providers supported, alongside plenty of smaller cable companies, but Comcast Xfinity is notably absent. (Comcast is a supported provider in A&E’s iOS app, though, and were able to watch it on an Apple TV with AirPlay mirroring.)

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ABC News

ABC recently announced that in the first month its dedicated Apple TV news channel was live, viewers watched 50 percent more live video over Apple TV than they did through the desktop and mobile sites combined. And we can understand why: It’s a great way to watch the news. The totally free channel lets you focus on what you want, browsing story packages by topic, or by show (including Good Morning America, Nightlight, and 20/20), and you can even get local clips for a dozen major cities. But what really sets ABC News on Apple TV apart is its multiple real-time video streams that let you tune into breaking news as it happens.

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ACC Digital Network

If March Madness is bigger than Christmas at your house, the Atlantic Coast Conference Digital Network is required viewing. You get tons of game highlights, classic games, and news clips about all the ACC’s collegiate sports (not just basketball). The channel lets you browse by recent clips and game highlights, and even sort by school, in case you only care about Duke or Notre Dame. The channel even Campus Insiders news and analysis for the ACC plus other major conferences like the Big 12, Big Ten, and SEC. Best of all, everything is free—as Dick Vitale would say, that’s awesome, baby!

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Aol On

Raise your hand if you realized Aol had its own video service until the channel popped up on the Apple TV. Anyone? Me either, but I’m glad Apple added it to its growing lineup. An eclectic mix of news, sports, entertainment, and lifestyle videos from providers like Time magazine and Martha Stewart mix with Aol original series to create a channel that’s fun, fresh, informative—and best of all, completely free.

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Beats Music

Once Apple bought Beats, it was only a matter of time before the music service popped up on Apple TV, and the channel doesn't disappoint. After the two-week trial, you'll need a subscription to take advantage of it, but once you agree to fork over $10 a month or $100 a year you'll get unlimited streaming from a giant library of tunes searchable by artist, album, and song. And while you won't find a Pandora-style radio here, Beats' hand-curated playlists might be even better.

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Bloomberg

Bloomberg is the first name in business and finance news, and its free Apple TV channel is the best place to catch it all. Top shows like Charlie Rose, In the Loop and Bloomberg West, and a bevy of informative videos provide hours of entertainment, while a 24/7 live news feed will keep you up to date on all of the markets, no matter which time zone you’re trading in.

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CBS News

Cord-cutters looking for a news fix any time of day can tune their Apple TV to the CBS News channel to get their fill. With free, ad-supported streaming and on-demand news content from all of CBS' award-winning news shows—including CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, and Face the Nation—news hounds will always be able to sniff out a good story.

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CBS Sports

Serious sports fans looking for in-depth analysis of all the day’s results and highlights don’t have to look too far to find an abundance of content on their Apple TVs, but casual fans who just want to catch up on what they missed will find everything they need on CBS Sports. A newcomer to the channel lineup, the totally free service offers a comprehensive array of free content across every court and field, from last night’s playoff action to a ringside look at the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight. And there’s even a dedicated fantasy section for if you need a little help tweaking your lineup.

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CNBC

Whether you track the ups and downs of the stock market like a day trader or just like to keep up with the hottest trends, CNBC’s Apple TV channel will keep you current, as long as you have a cable subscription. But once you log in, you can enjoy on-demand episodes of Squawk Box, Mad Money and The Suze Orman Show, along with live streaming of its daily marathon Business Day broadcast. Supported providers include Comcast Xfinity, AT&T U-verse, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS, Cox, Cablevision and more—but not Time Warner Cable.

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CNNGo

CNN pioneered the 24/7 news network model, and its Apple TV channel brings all of the wall-to-wall coverage you'd expect. Free for cable subscribers, you'll be able to stream a live simulcast of the cable channel, as well as watch a multitude of its original shows and news programs, such as Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, Morgan Spurlock Inside Man, The Wonder List with Bill Weir, and Anderson Cooper’s AC 360°.

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Crackle

We’ve always loved Sony’s free video service on the web or in its mobile apps, but the Crackle channel for Apple TV truly unleashes its potential. You don’t have to log in, but if you do you get a watchlist feature as well as parental controls. Crackle’s rotating selection of films, classic TV shows, and a cool anime collection may have drawn us in, but most of our time is spent watching Jerry Seinfeld’s hilarious original series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Crunchyroll

Genuine, high-quality anime can be hard to come by on Netflix or Hulu, but not when you’re watching Apple TV’s Crunchyroll channel. An impressive collection of episodes and videos are available for free, but subscribers get access to thousands of hours of programming and all the latest episodes only an hour after they air in Japan. The $7 per month “Anime Membership” provides all the anime you could possibly want to watch, while the $12/month All-Access plan throws in manga and drama as well.

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Dailymotion

Video sharing fans have always had a cornucopia of content to choose from on Apple TV, and it's only gotten more plentiful with the addition of Dailymotion. Like the YouTube channel, you’ll get access to millions of movies from all around the world, including music videos, trailers, TV clips and, of course, adorable cats.

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Feeln

There’s lots of family friendly programming on Apple TV, but on Hallmark’s Feeln channel, that’s all you get. For just $24 a year or $4 per month, subscribers get the keys to Feeln’s diverse vault of Hollywood movies, documentaries, and original short films. And thanks to Feeln’s “together” guarantee, you won’t find a stitch of adult content or naughty words in any of them.

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Flickr

Flickr is one of our favorite places to browse photos, and it’s only better on the big screen. Whether we’re showing off pics of the kids to the grandparents or browsing someone’s awesome collection of landscape shots, the free Flickr channel on Apple TV enhances our gallery browsing in wonderful ways. It’s not just photos, either: You can browse new and favorite videos on Flickr. You can even create slideshows or screensavers by searching for keywords—my toddler can never see enough pictures of construction equipment, for example.

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Fox Now

Fox Now features a fantastic rotating carousel of shows, some of which are available without needing to sign in to a cable account: Xfinity, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable, AT&T U-Verse, and Dish are among the supported providers, but not DirecTV. Without a supported pay-TV subscription, you won’t see full seasons, but five episodes of New Girl or The Mindy Project are nothing to sneeze at. Filtering by show makes it easier to find rich extras like interviews and behind-the-scenes bonus content. But, really, we’d be OK if they just called it Family Guy Now.

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Fusion

On the web, Fusion is kind of a digital magazine for the millennial generation, mixing news, science, entertainment, and comedy into a pop-culture melting pot, and its Apple TV channel delivers the same irreverent attitude. Inside you’ll find video highlights from Fusion’s web programs and full episodes of its original series, including The Cannabusiness Report, The Dukes of 2 Square, and Drug Wars. And it’s free for everyone—even if you’re not a disaffected twenty-something.

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FX Now

From The Simpsons to Archer, Sons of Anarchy, and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the FX family of networks is one of the finest on television. And its Apple TV channel is no slouch either, offering full episodes and exclusive content—assuming you can get access to it. Only a handful of cable providers are supported, and if you're a Dish, DirectTV, Verizon Fios, or Charter Communications customer you're out of luck. But don't have a cow, man.

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FYI

If you’re a fan of FYI’s particular brand of lifestyle and reality programming, you’ll love the companion Apple TV channel. With a lineup that practically mirrors that cable network, the network formerly known as Biography offers hours of entertainment for all sorts of tastes, with on-demand episodes of Tiny House Nation, Married at First Sight, Arranged, and lots more. You’ll need to log in to your cable provider to unlock most of what’s available, but there’s some content and clips for non-subscribers, too.

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HBO Go

HBO Go offers a cornucopia of awesome shows, with access to nearly every series that’s ever appeared on the network, from The Sopranos to The Wire, along with hit movies, special events, and anything else you might find on the premium cable network. And if that’s not enough, you can watch new shows right as they air and quickly fast-forward to that True Detective scene everyone’s talking about. Unfortunately, it’s for cable subscribers who already get HBO, but fortunately a good number of providers are supported, including AT&T, Comcast Xfinity (which doesn’t support HBO Go on the Roku), DirecTV, Dish, TWC, Verizon FiOS, Cox, and more. (And psst, the network doesn’t care if you share passwords.)

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HBO Now

Twenty years from now, when we're all watching TV without dealing with cable TV bundles and HD packages, we're going to look back on HBO Now as the pioneer. For just $15 a month—less than what most cable operators will charge you—you can get access to HBO's sizable archives, as well as live streaming of new episodes as they air. And you won't have to subscribe to a bunch of channels you don't want for the privilege.

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History Channel

The History Channel on Apple TV has loads of free episodes, interviews, and clips from both the History Channel and H2, with plenty to watch even without a cable subscription. If you’re dubious about the educational value of some of the original shows (Biker Battleground? Big Shrimpin’?), pop over to the Topics tab to see a filtered list of shorter clips that are actually about history. The list of supported providers is the same as A&E’s, including Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Verizon FiOS, but excluding Comcast and Dish.

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Hulu Plus

It’s tough for TV addicts to be brave enough to cut the cord, and it can be expensive to load up on iTunes season passes to see all your favorite shows. But for $8/month, Hulu Plus has current and past seasons of tons of TV shows like Arrow, Modern Family and The Good Wife, generally just a day or two after they air. You can keep up with The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and catch up on the late night talk shows whenever you want. And the library of movies ain’t too shabby either. Roku has the superior interface, making the Apple TV’s look drab by comparison, but the content is all here, and that’s what really matters.

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iTunes Radio

The Apple TV has AirPlay, for playing music from a Mac or iOS device, including streaming services Rdio, Pandora, and Spotify. But unlike on the Roku and Fire TV platforms, the only streaming service that has a dedicated Apple TV channel is iTunes Radio. The same preprogrammed stations, First Plays and personalization you enjoy on your iPhone and iPad can be found on the Apple TV channel, just a whole lot bigger. It’s free with ads, or $25 per year to go ad-free.

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KORTV

KORTV only offers two English feeds—Arirang TV for free and KBS World TV for $3 per month—but fluent Korean speakers will find a wealth of premium content to absorb. With live video, on-demand shows and movies, and more than a dozen streams devoted to competitive board game of baduk, KORTV brings the Far East a little closer to home. It’s hard to tell from the menus which shows are free and which are paid, but the paid streams start at $2 per month and you can subscribe right from the Apple TV, paying with your iTunes account.

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Lifetime

It may be made for women, but we suspect Lifetime’s original series are a guilty pleasure for plenty of men, too. And with the dedicated Lifetime channel for Apple TV, anybody can watch full episodes of popular shows like Project Runway, Witches of East End and Dance Moms whenever they’d like (like, you know, when no one else is around). Another A&E affiliated network, Lifetime gives out plenty for free (with commercials), but considerably more full episodes to subscribers of Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and several smaller pay-TV providers.

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MLB.TV

For die-hard baseball fans, following the MLB season is like having a second job. With 30 teams playing 162 games each, there’s a lot to cover in just six months. But a subscription to MLB.TV Premium and an Apple TV is like having box seats at every ballpark. And non-subscribers still get real-time scores, stats, standings, and highlights. But even subscribers can’t see their local teams until 90 minutes after the end of the game, due to blackout rules. If you can live with that, a subscription runs $25 per month, or $129 for a full season, which gradually gets cheaper as summer starts to wane.

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MLS Live

If you caught football fever during the World Cup and just can’t seem to shake it, Apple TV’s MLS Live channel. With a $65 yearly subscription, you’ll get instant access to live matches and archived games, but there’s a ton of content for non-subscribers, too, including on-demand video highlights, analysis, and full episodes of MLS 36 and MLS Insider. And you don’t even have to call it football.

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National Geographic

Reality TV may conjure images of the Kardashians or Real Housewives, but if you truly want to see the real world in its natural habitat there's no better way than National Geographic. And now you can explore the world's remote places and exotic locales right through your Apple TV. This channel offers on-demand access to the network's array of hit shows and documentaries, including The Big Picture with Kal Penn, Wicked Tuna, Life Below Zero, and the Incredible Dr. Pol, all available within 24 hours of its airing. Of course, you'll need to show your passport before you can start traveling (that is, a cable subscription), but stowaways will still find a few clips and episodes to keep you entertained. 

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NBA League Pass

Like MLB.TV, the NBA League Pass channel on Apple TV blacks out your local team when they’re on local or national TV—but if you’re a Bulls fan living in Utah, or an East Coaster who can’t stay up late enough to watch West Coast games, it’s perfect. The subscription costs $200 for the season, or $140 for a five-team package, and the games are delivered in crystal-clear HD. Even if you don’t want to fork over any dough, you can keep up-to-date with highlights, standings and stats.

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NBC Sports Live Extra

The sports channels on our Apple TV do a great job providing access to out-of-market games and highlights, but fans are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to national events. NBC Sports Live Extra fills that void, offering live streams of premium events like the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Olympics, and Sunday Night Football, along with the network's usual array of NFL and NHL games, golf tournaments, and Premier League matches. As always, a cable subscription is required to watch things live, but cord-cutters will still be able to watch replays and highlights.

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NFL Now

Football was the only major sport without a dedicated Apple TV channel, but that won’t be an issue this season. You won’t see full games, but the NFL Now channel is packed with news, highlights, and features, and you can personalize your experience by logging in and selecting your favorite teams and even your fantasy players. A $2 monthly subscription for NFL Plus unlocks in-game updates, removes ads, and gives you access to a lot of the excellent NFL Films archive.

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NHL GameCenter

Hockey games are getting harder and harder to find on national TV, so dedicated fans understand the importance of NHL GameCenter on Apple TV. With a $169 full-season subscription, you’ll get access to all the games, along with on-demand replays and highlights. But unfortunately, games that are on TV in your local area are subject to blackout, and so are nationally televised games. Which includes the playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. Blacked out games are available 48 hours later, but it’s a bummer anytime hometown fans are put in the penalty box.

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Netflix

From stellar original shows like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black to hit movies and classic TV shows, Netflix is the gold standard in video streaming. And with the recently added Post-Play feature, we don’t even need to manually advance to the next episode when we’re binge-watching Breaking Bad. The new prices, after a free one-month trial, are $8 per month for SD on one screen at a time, $9 per month for HD on two screens, and $11 for HD on four screens.

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PBS and PBS Kids

Everyone knows PBS has great shows, but having so many of them on-demand at all times is just the best. Among the free, high-quality content, you’ll find in-depth videos from NewsHour, eclectic performances on Austin City Limits and the downright quirky fun of Antiques Roadshow. PBS Kids offers much more than Cookie Monster and Elmo, including wholesome and educational favorites like Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Super Why.

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Podcasts

Apple’s Podcasts app for iOS is not the greatest, but on Apple TV, there’s no better way to listen to your favorite episodes. (Well, fine, there’s literally no other way.) With a simple search field and speedy streaming, the interface might not be as slick as your favorite mobile client, but until Apple opens up the Apple TV SDK, the Podcasts channel more than fits the bill.

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Qello Concerts

Everyone knows you can search YouTube to find plenty of concert clips that were recorded from someone’s cell phone, but on Qello, quality is never an issue. A massive catalogue of concert films, performance, and music documentaries are at your fingertips, all broken down by track, artist and genre. There’s enough stuff for free to keep casual music lovers happy, but true rockers will gladly pay $5 per month or $45 per year for the all-access pass.

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Radio

Internet radio has been overshadowed by the precise personalization of Pandora and Spotify, but there’s a whole world of broadcast stations out there that focus on the fine art of universal playlist curation. Navigate down to the Radio channel on your Apple TV (not to be confused with iTunes Radio) and you’ll have access to more than you could ever possibly listen to, ranging from country to jazz and everything in between—and it’s all free. It’s nice to have, but the iHeartRadio app on Roku and Fire TV delivers a better browsing experience.

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Red Bull TV

Even if you’re not a fan of the energy drink, Red Bull TV will get your blood pumping. A mix of extreme sports, rocking entertainment, live events and original series—including a recent live stream of Lollapalooza—the Red Bull TV channel’s vast library of totally free clips, videos and on-demand movies just might eliminate the need to drink one.

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The Scene

Print may be a dying medium, but Condé Nast brings it back to life on your Apple TV. Featuring original series from all of the magazine magnate’s popular titles, including Glamour, Vogue, Wired, Bon Appétit, and Epicurious, as well as exclusive content from ABC News, Forbes, The Verge, and others, it's almost as good as winning the Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes.

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Showtime Anytime

More like Showtime It’s About Time! This channel was already on Roku and the relatively young Fire TV, but now it’s finally come to Apple TV. It has every Showtime original series on demand, like Homeland, Weeds, Masters of Sex, and Nurse Jackie, as well as movies, comedy specials, and even some boxing. You can even watch the live streams of Showtime East and Showtime West.

While HBO Go makes you log in with a cable subscription to see anything, Showtime Anytime is currently streaming seven full-length episodes for free, for anyone, in the hopes that you’ll want to subscribe to Showtime on pay TV to get access to the rest. Supported providers for the Apple TV app include Comcast Xfinity, AT&T U-verse, Cox, DirecTV, Verizon FiOS, and Time Warner Cable.

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Sky News

Sky News has been one of the leading information providers in the UK for years, and its free Apple TV channel delivers the same in-depth reporting and unique programming to the States. Archived videos and live streams cover everything from Hollywood to Hamas, all without booking a flight to England.

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Smithsonian Channel

Whether our kids are researching for a school project or we just want to learn about the earth and the many creatures that inhabit it, Smithsonian is far and away the most educational channel on our Apple TV (sorry, History). There’s enough free content to satisfy the hungriest minds, with episodes and videos ranging from the Kennedy assassination to the surprisingly fascinating history of hot sauce.

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Tastemade

Since there's no Food Network channel on our Apple TVs, Tastemade will have to satiate your appetite for cooking and culinary programming. The channel includes on-demand episodes from all its mouth-watering web series, including Vegan Not Gross, Thirsty For..., and The Day Tripper. Overflowing with recipes, foodie excursions and nutrition advice, Tastemade just might inspire you to buy an Apple TV for your kitchen.

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TED Talks

Since 1990, TED Talks has been providing attendees with inspiration and entertainment on a wide variety of topics, and its Apple TV channel perfectly captures the spirit of the popular conference. So even if you've never seen one live, you can watch nearly 2000 free talks on all kinds of subjects, from design and history to technology. It's the next best thing to flying to Vancouver for TED2016.

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Tennis Channel Everywhere

Tennis fans can have a hard time finding coverage of their favorite sport outside of the four major tournaments each year, but the Tennis Channel Everywhere Apple TV channel gives them box seats all year long. U-Verse, Cox, Dish, DirectTV, and Fios Cable subscribers will be able to watch live streaming of the Tennis Channel, but a separate $70 annual subscription (or $10 a month) serves up access to more than 45 extra tournaments.

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Trailers

Sometimes your attention span only lasts for a couple of minutes, and that’s when the Trailers channel is perfect. A bountiful gallery of movies is available to choose from covering everything from arthouse films to summer blockbusters, and Apple makes it easy to browse them right from your couch. Because let’s face it, some trailers are actually better than the movies.

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UFC.TV

For octagon addicts who subscribe to Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Fight Pass ($10 a month or $95.88 annually), UFC.TV on Apple TV delivers a knockout punch. With a martial arts mix of live events, specials, interviews, and, of course, a library of UFC, PRIDE, WEC, and Strikeforce fights, the channel certainly doesn’t pull any punches on content.

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USA Now

If you dig shows like Dig and Burn Notice on USA, the USA Now channel will be right up your alley. Inside, subscribers to the cable channel will find full seasons and recent episodes of all of the network’s original shows, as well as some interviews and in-depth extras that anyone can enjoy. It’s not the most comprehensive channel out there, but it’s still a great place to check up on anything you may have missed.

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Vevo

You might not be able to remember a time when kids used to gather around the television set to watch the latest Michael Jackson or Guns N’ Roses video, but Vevo will show you what MTV used to be. With a rich catalogue that includes tens of thousands of HD videos and live concerts, the free, ad-supported Apple TV channel will teach you the fine art of moving and shaking your money maker.

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Vimeo

Everyone has their video-sharing site of choice, so Apple TV doesn’t want to leave anyone out. In addition to YouTube and Dailymotion, Vimeo fans have their very own Apple TV channel, too, which offers Vimeo’s unique mix of amateur and professional content. And with simple navigation, easy search, and powerful filters, you'll be able to quickly discover the next High Maintenance before everyone knows about it.

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WSJ Live

What we like about it: There’s not shortage of ways to get breaking and national news these days, but it’s hard to top Apple TV’s free Wall Street Journal Live channel. With access to the entire WSJ archive, on-demand content and live coverage of breaking financial news, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more trusted source on your Apple TV.

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Watch ABC

Fire up the Watch ABC channel to catch ABC shows like Trophy Wife, Shark Tank, The Bachelorette, and Rising Star. New episodes appear a week after airing, and you’ll generally see partial seasons without a cable subscription, and entire seasons with one—supported providers include AT&T U-Verse, Comcast Xfinity, Cox, Dish, and Verizon FiOS, but not DirecTV or Time Warner Cable. There’s even a steady stream of daytime fare, including The View, General Hospital, and plenty of news.

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Watch Disney Channel

If your cable subscription includes the Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD, save a ton of room on your DVR by pointing your kids at the on-demand offerings on Apple TV. The Disney Channel has movies like 16 Wishes, music videos from R5 and Bella Thorne, and shows like Girl Meets World and Jessie, all great for tween sleepovers. Disney Junior has fare for younger kids, like Mickey Mouse Cluhouse and Doc McStuffins. And Disney XD skews a little more toward boys than the main Disney Channel, with Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Phineas and Ferb, and tons more. Supported providers are the same as Watch ABC: AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, Dish, Verizon FiOS, and Comcast Xfinity, plus a few smaller ones. Sadly, there’s no freebies here—subscribers only.

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Watch ESPN

For cord-cutters, finding enough sports to watch can be tough (or expensive). And even if you have cable, ESPN is so much better when you can see your favorite sports on demand, and skip all the fluff you don't care about. Watch ESPN lets cable subscribers (AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Dish, Cox, Time Warner Cable, and some others) check out live content from all of the ESPN channels, with tons of on-demand content sorted by sport as well. Even if you don’t have cable, you can see most of the content on ESPN 3, including a generous selection of college sports. plus plenty of news and highlights—it’s even better than watching SportsCenter on cable, since you can skip to the highlights you want to see, without having to sit through commercials.

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The Weather Channel

Sure, you could get all your weather info from a smartphone app, but The Weather Channel has more than just the forecast. You’ll find an array of compelling documentaries, dynamic field reports, and yes, live radar maps that let you keep tabs on severe weather patterns across the country—even if they’re not headed your way. It’s all as free as the wind, too.

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Willow TV

Cricket matches aren’t exactly easy to find on the TV dial, but with a $15 monthly subscription to Willow TV, fans have unprecedented access. The official U.S. and Canadian broadcaster of the gentleman’s game offers a wealth of content for subscribers, including 24-hour live streams, replays, and highlights from the Indian Premier League, Cricket Australia, Cricket South Africa and many others. Now if only we understood the rules.

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WWE Network

Wrestling has come a long way since the days of Hulkmania and the Iron Sheik, but it’s still just as entertaining as it was back then. But whether you’re a new fan or an old one, a $10 monthly subscription to the WWE Network will put a chokehold on your Apple TV, with thousands of hours of content, including reality shows, documentaries and all those Pay-Per-View events you were never allowed to buy as a kid.

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Yahoo Screen

The free Yahoo Screen channel does an exemplary job collecting all of its web content and neatly organizing it for consumption on our Apple TV, with videos from Comedy Central, The Onion, and Wired giving us even more reason to tune in. But the crème de la crème is the tremendous archive of SNL videos, where you can relive you’re the best digital shorts or just kick back and watch classic performances from your favorite cast members and hosts.

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Young Hollywood

If you're between the ages of 12 and 34 and are obsessed with celebrities, you're going to love the Young Hollywood channel. Launched exclusively on Apple TV, the network features more than 100 episodes from its own original Tinsletown-inspired series, as well as thousands of hours of on-demand celebrity interviews with the likes of Vin Diesel, Justin Bieber, and Kobe Bryant. You might say they rolled out the red carpet just for you.

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YouTube

When we want to find the latest viral video that’s been circulating online, the first place we turn is YouTube. The Apple TV channel is just as diverse as the website, with easy searching and fast streaming of all the videos you’re looking for, as well as all of your subscribed channels. And we hear there are lots of cats, too.