Updated “Channels” live TV app with DVR enhancements, improved navigation, and more.


Popular Live TV app channels was updated to version 4.0 today, bringing a variety of new features for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV fans. The update adds a new navigation sidebar, DVR enhancements, improved library navigation, and more.

For those unfamiliar, Channels lets you stream local programs live to your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV using a HDHomeRun Tuner. The Channels TV Everywhere feature also lets you sign in with your cable or streaming provider account.

The Channels developers explain that this update is focused on handling larger libraries and customizing the app. For example, the new navigation sidebar can show more items at once and supports customization to focus on specific sections of the app.

Additionally, Channels 4.0 adds a new list-based Recordings section that lets you view a simple list of your recent recordings sorted by date. There are also a variety of playback enhancements, a new section for kids, and more. Here are the full release notes:

Navigation sidebar

The new navigation sidebar is able to display more items at once and is fully customizable. You now have the power to choose what displays in the main navigation.

Not using On Now? No problem, you can disable it through settings now.

Moreover, you can promote other sections like Movies, Up Next, TV Shows and others in the sidebar for easier access.

Improved library navigation

Channels now have proper Movies and TV Shows sections that make it easier for you to browse larger libraries. Browse by new releases, recent additions, genre or decades.

These new section designs are disabled by default and can be enabled through the Library section of Settings.

Children section

The channels now have an official first-class children’s section. After enabling it, you have the power to set where shows and movies appear. By adjusting the visibility of your content, you can decide whether it displays in the main library, only in the Kids section, or both.

It’s a super powerful way to create a kids section while cleaning up that content from your main library.

New list-based records section

The Recordings section is now a simple list of your recent recordings sorted by recording date. This has been one of the biggest requests from traditional DVR fans. We hope you will like it.

Playback improvements

We’ve caught up and added all the features you’ve come to expect from a modern media viewing experience.

Autoplay will eventually start the next episode of your show after you’ve finished watching. Shuffle mode allows you to watch your show with episodes in random order. When playing something, channels will now ask if you want to resume or start from the beginning.

Channels for iPhone and iPad is a free download on app storeand the The Apple TV version costs $24.99. Channels Plus is an $8 per month subscription that adds support for recording and viewing DVR content from anywhere and more, and gives you all Channels apps for free.

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