We’ve covered the user-friendly “Channels” live TV app many times over the years, and it keeps getting even more powerful. A new update to the app this week adds support for offline downloads on iPhone and iPad, allowing you to download movies and TV shows directly to your device.
Channels is one of the most useful apps for users looking to move away from traditional cable subscriptions. The app lets you stream local programs live to your iPhone, iPad or Apple TV using a HDHomeRun Tuner. Additionally, the “TV Everywhere” feature allows you to sign in with your cable or streaming provider account and access this content through the Channels app.
For example, if you subscribe to something like DirecTV Stream, you can sign in to your DirecTV Stream account with Channels, then use the Channels app to access DirecTV Stream content. This lets you bypass the DirecTV Stream app (which is terrible) and use the channels for viewing, DVR recording, commercial skipping, etc.
So, what’s up with the channels this week? The Channels app for iPhone and iPad now lets you download your movies and TV shows to your device for offline viewing. You can download TV shows and movies that you have saved on your device and then watch them when you are offline.
One of the most notable aspects of this change is that unlike many dedicated streaming apps, downloads in channels will not “time out”. A few more details on how the feature works:
With the latest version of Channels for iOS, you can now queue up anything in your library to download to your device. Nothing’s easier.
Your videos will be uploaded to the app and will be available anytime, anywhere. Your downloads do not expire and will not be removed from your device until you delete them.
You can find additional details about this new feature via channel website. The latest version of the Channels app for iPhone and iPad is now available for download on app store. The app is free, and plans cost $8 per month or $80 per year. I use Channels daily, and it’s one of the best subscription values out there.