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. 

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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7 Responses to “A&E and History Channel add live TV stream in iOS apps”

  1. Will Liston says:

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

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  2. rafterman11 says:

    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.

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