Apple TV adds CBS All Access, NBC, M2M channels

“Apple on Tuesday added streaming options for the last two of the ‘big four’ U.S. broadcast networks — CBS and NBC — to the Apple TV lineup, as well as an entirely new, exclusive fashion channel dubbed M2M,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

CBS “costs $5.99 per month and allows viewing of current primetime shows, leading datytime and late-night CBS programming, and thousands of episodes from the network’s library of classics,” Hughes reports. “CBS All Access also includes live TV streaming in select major markets, where the network owns and operates the over-the-air station.”

“NBC, meanwhile, requires users to log in with their cable provider credentials to view most content on the Apple TV,” Hughes reports. “Finally, the new ‘Made2Measure’ or M2M network is also available on Apple TV, and exclusively on Apple’s set-top box.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Snarky comments about Made2Measure’s viewership being Made2MeasureOn1Hand aside, it’s good to see the new Apple TV getting primped and preened for its debut!

The traditional “TV” portion of Apple TV still feels like a mishmash as we continue to await Apple’s skinny bundle(s), provided Eddy and Jimmy can get the necessary ink from the content gatekeepers.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Edward W.,” “Bill,” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. The $6 for CBS has always been the excuse for bundling channels, even those you may never watch as it makes them all cheaper..

    While $6 is steep, its probably not to far from what many thought a selection of Ala-carte channels would cost you apiece if you subscribed to only what you wanted to watch.

      1. Cable and Sat Subs are easily paying between $80-$130 a month, maybe more for dozens of channels they never ever watch, or stop on as they cruise the guide..

        So lets say each channel is $5 apiece ala-carte, you can get maybe 15-20-25 channels before your close to paying for your cable/sat service, which for that price your getting potentially hundreds of channels, (again which you never watch) Even if the cost were $3 channel, which might vary depending on popularity, ala-carte is still going to cost more per channel, but you may still save money if you have a short list of channels you really want to watch,

        Some are paying for both (sat & cable), because they have cable internet and not watching anything on it, because they bundle some channels in to supposedly reduce the cost of the internet access, even if you never attach the cable to a TV set.

        Others may not have enough internet bandwidth to watch streams effectively.

    1. But you still have to be a subscriber through your local cable operator and then pay $6 more for the privilege of watching it on Apple TV (but still have to see the commercials).

      All the commercials with no savings, no cable cutting; no deal.

  2. I still don’t get it. I get 33 channels with my $79 rooftop rotary antenna. All the majors, most of the minors and 5 “shopping” networks – all for free.

    Yes, I don’t get the exclusive HBOs, etc, but I couldn’t care less. I can’t watch all the stuff I do get.

    The only thing I would want Apple TV for is the free stuff, then I could take down my old antenna. If CBS is giving it away for free OTA (over the air), why would anyone pay for the same thing? AND why wouldn’t CBS just save a lot of money on broadcast equipment if they could just plug it into the internet?

    Still a mystery.

    1. Congrats on being in an area where you can get 33 channels, though I didn’t know HSN was OTA..

      Without knowing your interests, I would think there are some channels that you’ll never get OTA, that will have content that you might find interesting.. Networks like perhaps AMC, or TNT, FX, or USA (or others) that have original content that you’ll never see OTA.

      Granted much of this programming probably shows up somewhere, like Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime, but your going to pay on average about $9 a month to watch shows that aired anywhere from several months ago to years.. Some shows never seem to stream..ever…

      Now that may or may not be a big deal for you…. But if there were reasonable Ala Carte channel costs and you could get them on an Apple TV, you might have more interesting things to watch..

      1. Ala,

        I understand that OTA does not have the cable-only networks, that is obvious. However, on my computer I can get many news and entertainment programs, such as back issues of various broadcasts, National Geo., etc. With OTA and the news and program feeds on the internet, I have all the content I want.

        So, my question is: What will the ATV do that doesn’t require monthly subscription fees. Will it bluetooth programs from my computer to the TV, for example (presumably yes)? Will it record FROM the TV (replacing VD Recorder…)? What free content does it have? These are my questions. I will buy one if it enhances/simplifies my current viewing and adds new features.

        All I see advertised is how many paid programs are available.

  3. “Announced last night, M2M is an Apple TV exclusive channel that focuses on fashion, run by talent agency conglomerate WME/IMG. The channel features short videos, interviews, and mini-documentaries from the fashion world…”

    Does this one have anything to do with Apple’s foray into the Fashion world, Angela Ahrendts via Apple watch?

  4. This CBS app is a game changer!

    Great assortment of new and old programming, and the only thing keeping me on cable (local news and local station) is now mine…our KIRO TV streams wonderfully!

    Cancelling cable tomorrow!!!!

    Keep these apps coming, Apple!
    This rocks!

    1. Did you read the dreaded CBS TERMS yet? You give totally free access to info about you to ALL of CBS advertisers by any and all means. It’s nice the full disclosure is there but absolutely unacceptable to me. No protections at all. Not even a pretense. Dump that, lower the price, and I’ll consider it for the legacy content.

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