How to Watch Live TV on Apple TV

Do you own an Apple TV? Do you want to stream live TV on your Apple TV but don’t know how? Luck is on your side, as for today’s tutorial I’ll be teaching you ways you can use to watch live TV on Apple TV.

If you have been recently thinking of cutting your cord to enable you to start enjoying live TV content on your Apple TV, you’ll need to own an Apple 4K TV or Apple HD TV as earlier generations do not support live TV. Read Also: How to close Apple TV apps

People now switch from satellite TV to live TV as the latter tends to offer more content as compared to satellite TV, and in some cases, they are not as expensive to obtain and set up as compared to satellite TV.

Here you’ll be required to obtain the dish and the protocols required before you can start enjoying its services, whereas with live TV all you’d require is an app and for some a subscription fee (i.e., if you are not on free trial) to enjoy wholesome contents. Without further ado, let’s move over to the topic of the day “how to watch live TV on Apple TV”.

How to Watch Live TV on Apple TV

There are basically two ways available to watch live TV on Apple TV. You can either choose to watch with an app or without an app and I’ll be guiding you through both ways.

How to Watch Live TV on Apple TV (Without An App)

While using the Apple TV app, you can easily subscribe to just the channels you want and without downloading any app and start enjoying their services. After the subscription, you can now watch the content included in your subscription right inside your Apple TV app on demand and across all your Apple devices.

Before you can start subscribing to channels, the first step to take is to search for the channel you wish to stream live content from in the Apple TV app to see the movies, shows, and other content you’ll be privileged to enjoy if you subscribe to their channel.

Secondly, confirm the pricing of the channel to see if it matches your budget as different channels have different pricing and while you are on that also see details about their trial plans (this is crucial as it’ll help you determine if the services they offer is what you truly want), monthly plans and also their renewal plans before pushing for to subscribe.

Adding to the channels you want to subscribe to, you can also subscribe to Apple TV+ to watch original stories from the most creative minds on TV and film, that’s if you are into that kind of thing.

Please note that the Apple TV app and the Apple TV channels are being restricted to regions, so before proceeding with this method please check the channels that are available for your region.

To be able to watch live TV on Apple TV, there are certain requirements you’ll need to have before proceeding and they are:

  • An Apple 4K TV or Apple HD TV with the latest version of tvOS.
  • An Apple TV (3rd generation) with Apple TV software update 7.3 or later.
  • Strong and steady internet connection.

Once you have the above requirements ready, follow the set of instructions below to be able to watch live TV on Apple TV.

  • Open your Apple TV app and select watch now, located at the top of your screen.
  • Scroll down to Apple TV channels if you don’t have a particular channel in mind otherwise go to search to find a specific channel.
  • Select the channel you want to subscribe to (for some channels you will be offered a free trial). You will be charged from your Apple ID.
  • After selecting the channel, fill in your Apple ID and password. Please ensure, you are using the Apple ID and password that is being used for your App Store and iTunes store purchases.
  • Finally, you may be required to confirm your billing information and add a valid payment method.

Once you are done with the above steps, congratulations! You have finally subscribed to a channel and you can now watch live TV on Apple TV. Also note that, if you are using family sharing and someone in your family group subscribes to a channel, you’ll be notified that you already have access to that channel and you’ll no longer need to subscribe again. Read Also: How to watch HBO Max on Apple TV app.

How to Watch Live TV on Apple TV (With An App)

Nowadays, there are several apps with which you can use to stream/watch live TV on Apple TV. Some of the best apps to enjoy wholesome live streaming content includes Hulu+ live tv, fubo tv, youtube tv, sling tv, paramount+, and AT&T TV now.

Before subscribing to any of the above apps check for the channels you’ll be gaining access to and confirm if it’s what you want and secondly consider the pricing to know if it matches what you can afford before moving forward to do subscriptions.

To manage your subscriptions, simply go to Settings on your Apple TV. Go to Users and Accounts and locate the subscription you want to discontinue and select. After selecting, follow the on-screen to either change or cancel your subscriptions.

Regardless of the method, you choose to follow, whether by downloading apps or without, the bottom lies with the fact that you will be able to watch live TV on Apple TV and all that’s left is your preference and which method will serve you better.


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