How to watch live TV on your Apple TV without a cable/satellite subscription

“Being a cord cutter (actually, I’ve never had cable, so I haven’t technically cut any cords), I’m always on the hunt for new ways to keep myself entertained,” Lory Gil writes for iMore.

“On Apple TV, I use a handful of apps that, either I subscribe to a streaming service for (like Hulu and Netflix), or offer a free streaming TV feature that doesn’t require a cable subscription (like PBS and The CW),” Gil writes. “The thing about broadcast television is that I can’t watch it on Apple TV. I have to switch my TV input over, and then I can flip through the channels until I find something to watch. I rarely watch broadcast television because I tend to stick with Apple TV for my TV and movie watching activities.”

“That is until I got HDHomeRun. With HDHomeRun, not only can I watch live broadcast television on my Apple TV, I can also watch it on my iPhone or iPad,” Gil writes. “Plus, with the right app, I’m able to record live TV and watch it the way a person with cable and a DVR would watch TV. ”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In the event that an antenna doesn’t work for you, something like Sony’s PlayStation Vue*, DirecTV Now, or SlingTV just might.

If only Apple offered skinny bundles!

*PlayStation Vue’s biggest problem is its name. It sounds like a gaming service, but it’s not.

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  1. “I have to switch my TV input over, and then I can flip through the channels until I find something to watch.”

    Seriously, is it that difficult to switch one’s TV input and get those channels live and uncompressed? Even those channels I get through FIOS or Comcast will occasionally freeze or stumble. The same holds for Internet streamed channels.

    1. Using the “Channels app” on the Apple TV and there is no
      need to change inputs, you just go to the “Channels app” great, I only use one input (the one the Apple TV is on) because everything is on the Apple TV, Playstation VuE, Directv Now…

    1. The benefit of putting up an antenna is all those pre-2000 shows are still being broadcast. On my last channel scan I picked up 129 OTA channels here in Houston. I regularly watch classic movies and TV shows on the channels listed below. It’s likely many of them are available where you live as well.

      this one started broadcasting February 28th:

  2. you should investigate Tablo. I install it and not only do I watch recorded of live TV on by TV, Ipad, Iphone, or Ipod at home but I can also watch it outside my home wherever internet is available including cellular network.

    It works very very well. Had it for 6 month now and not a glitch.

    Hi haley recommende

  3. Playstation Vue is great if you want local sports and live tv.
    Multiple devices/tvs and cloud DVR are included. Got to say the interface with the apple remote is not as good as PS4. Also they lost Comedy Central, Spike recently which kind of sucks (they did gain NBA TV to make up)

  4. I cut the cord last Fall, and now use an antenna for broadcast TV, and PSVue, $35 a month, for live TV. I save over $100 from what I used to pay TimeWarner cable. And, I get more sports than ever before. If you’re a soccer fan, you get EPL on NBCSN, and on demand, you get ChampionsLeague on ESPN and on demand, Bundesliga on FoxSports, and LaLiga, French and Italian leagues on beinSports.

    I tried Sling but it only allowed 3 simultaneous streams and only 1 ESPN stream at a time. PSVue allows 5 streams at a time. In a large family, you need 5! DirectTV only allows 1 stream.

    You need to budget about 5mbps per stream, so if you have 5 streams going at once,, you need a 25mbps internet service. On my Spectrum cable I get the basic 15mbps service for $35, when my family visits in July, I’ll up that to the 25mbps for $45.

  5. HULU is preparing to launch the Beta Test of it’s new streaming service and if you wish to apply to be a Beta Tester (it will run on iOS devices and Apple TV) you can do so at the following link.

    Google is launching You Tube TV
    You can get on the notice list at this link.

    Meanwhile, Overpaid Clueless Eddie Cue, Iovine and Dre have Planet of the Apps and Apple Music. Bupkis

    Remind me why they have jobs at Apple.

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