Ap­ple TV

Live TV – if you’re lucky $4.99

Mac|Life - - NEWS - J.R. Book­wal­ter

Apps and hard­ware for your Ap­ple TV.

If the lure of 500 pre­mium chan­nels for a one-time pur­chase of five bucks sounds too good to be true, well… it is. TV Deluxe makes bold claims about bring­ing live TV chan­nels to your Ap­ple TV – even tout­ing “the high­est num­ber of TV chan­nels in all the App Store” – but you get what you pay for.

First of all, don’t ex­pect to fire this app up and start watch­ing feeds from the four ma­jor net­works. The ma­jor­ity of TV Deluxe’s con­tent comes from pub­licly avail­able web streams or ques­tion­able on­line sources like FilmOn, but it ul­ti­mately de­pends on what you’re look­ing for.

We found for­eign chan­nels to be more re­li­able – many Amer­i­can sources failed with a prompt that “an er­ror oc­curred load­ing this con­tent.”

You can also add your own chan­nels in .m3u8 for­mat, but it’s a bit of a chore from the TV, and the de­vel­oper’s uni­ver­sal iPhone/iPad app re­quires a sep­a­rate pur­chase.

Can you re­ally get the likes of the Dis­ney Chan­nel and Fox HD for free us­ing this app? If you’re rais­ing an eye­brow right now, you know the an­swer…

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