A&E and History Channel add live TV stream in iOS apps

A&E Networks has just updated iOS apps for two of its most popular TV channels, A&E and History, with the ability to watch live TV on both iPhone and iPad. The apps, which previously provided full episodes and clips on-demand to users in the US, will now provide a live stream of what’s playing on the TV channels. The live TV feature, however, will require a cable subscription. 

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The new feature will require users to sign into their cable account through one of the supported TV providers. Currently the live TV feature only supports Comcast Xfinity, DirecTV, Optimum, Verizon FiOS, Shaw Go, Time Warner Cable, Bright House and a number of regional carriers, but A&E says it will be adding more TV providers soon.

To access the live stream you’ll need version 2.0 of the A&E app and the History app available on the App Store now.

What’s New in Version 2.0.0

Now you can watch LIVE TV on your iPhone or iPad! Sign in with your TV provider and watch a live stream of A&E…anywhere, anytime!

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  1. Will Liston - 9 years ago

    Wake me up when they live stream without a cable subscription. This is just the same ole’ bleh

    • ctyrider (@ctyrider) - 9 years ago

      Agreed – this is a complete non-news. $80+/month cable subscription to live stream History Channel (which for the most part devolved to reality TV garbage anyway) – I will pass!

    • 100% Agree! They are trying to punish us cord cutters. They won’t break me!! :-)

    • Matt Byers - 9 years ago

      how long before cable and sat providers have streaming only subscriptions? Seems like that is the route that we are headed instead of allowing us to pick and choose.

    • paulfj - 9 years ago

      I also agree. Any streaming service that requires a cable subscription is useless to me. I’m fine with watching adds or even paying a smaller streaming fee, but anything that requires a full cable subscription will go unused by me.

  2. rafterman11 - 9 years ago

    I don’t understand all the cable hate here. I imagine most already subscribe to some sort of service. History/AE are just providing added value to their app. By the way, the History app also covers History International (or History 2 or whatever they call it now) – they tend to have the actual documentaries.

  3. John Aiken - 9 years ago

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