Apple today announced that HBO Go and WatchEPSN are both available now on the Apple TV. These are two major additions to the diminutive TV accessory often deemed to be nothing more than a hobby. HBO Go provides instant access to all of HBO’s programming, with entire series including The Sopranos, The Wire and Deadwood. Like the iPad version, HBO Go requires that you have a cable subscription that includes HBO. While the idea of offering a stand alone subscriptions, HBO has yet to make that move, likely to due to the friction it would cause with their existing relationships with cable companies.
WatchESPN (requires subscription to TV service) offers live access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater, Goal Line. This includes their coverage of major sporting events including Monday Night Football, Grand Slam events, college football and baseball. It’s all of the coverage you receive on your cable box, but accessible from the Apple TV.
In addition to these channels, the Apple TV also gets Sky News, Crunchyroll and Quello.
These new channels require Apple TV software version 5.3, available as a free download from both 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TVs.