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Channels review: Pair it with a HDHomeRun for TV broadcasts on your Apple TV

February 15, 2016 - Uncategorized

Over-the-air (OTA) programming remains robust in America and many other countries, despite the dominance of cable, satellite, streaming services, and digital downloads. The Apple TV doesn’t feature a tuner, which seems like a relic of a past generation, but the Channels app can provide a nicely designed bridge for live programming—if you have the right additional hardware.

Channels works with a fourth-generation Apple TV and requires a networked television tuner made by SiliconDust—any of its HDHomeRun series, which I previously reviewed. The HDHomeRun comes in three U.S. models, two of which receive only OTA broadcasts; the third can also take a CableCard (where available) to tune a subset of cable programming and only on some systems. All feature two discrete OTA tuners and require just a single coaxial cable hookup for an antenna. They cost from about $90 to $120. (The HDHomeRun devices use Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for network discovery, and the Channels app can find them on a network.)

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Source: Mac World

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