‘Channels’ live TV app adds picture-in-picture support on iOS and Apple TV

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The “Channels” live TV app was released today with an update for Apple TV and iOS that brings much-requested picture-in-picture support. After a good amount of work, the Channels team was able to figure out how to offer PiP without the need for transcoding or a DVR server.

the Channels app – not to be confused with Apple TV Channels – is a great way to bring live TV to your Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and more without the need for a traditional cable provider (but can also be used with traditional cable subscriptions).

For cord cutters, the Channels app works with tuners like the HD home run to enjoy live TV on your Apple TV.

In a blog post todaythe channel team reported that Picture in Picture is now available for Apple TV and iOS.

You’ve asked for it…a lot. You expected it to be there already, and you were right. If you’ve been a channel fan for a while, you might know the technical hurdles we had to overcome to get Picture in Picture to work. We didn’t abandon you, and now it’s here.

It looks like Channels has done a really thorough job of implementing PiP and should work with just about any content:

This means that PIP is now working. It works without the need for transcoding, without any tricks, and without the requirement of a DVR server. When you want PIP, just select the button and you will enter PIP. It works with everything: HDHomeRun video, Everywhere TV channels, recordings, etc.

This has been our #1 request for years. We are delighted to finally be able to deliver it to you.

It’s enabled by default for the Channels app, but needs to be enabled on your Apple TV if it isn’t already (enabled by default on iOS).

Apple TV has PIP disabled by default. You can enable it in Settings under Playback option. Once you’ve done that, you can use the PIP button that hovers over the timeline.

iOS has PIP enabled by default. You can use the PIP button in the upper right corner of the video player.

You can read more about PiP channel support on Apple TV and iOS in this accompanying document.

Channels makes a 30 day free trial with current pricing $8/month or $80/year after that.

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