Top 2 Broadcast News Apps for Apple TV

I recently posted about Cutting the Cord with Apple TV — and all the options you have for news, sports, TV, and movies on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Among the news apps I briefly mentioned are two that are my favorite Apple TV news channels: Reuters TV and CBS News. I like these because I like to watch curated news broadcasts that are live-streamed. (The other Apple TV news apps typically give you a menu of clips to choose from.) Reuters actually lets you choose the length of your broadcast, and CBS News has a live Apple TV news channel that streams 24 hours a day.

Reuters TV

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When you open the app, it says it's gathering the news and then asks, "How much time do you have?" followed with three options: 10, 15, and 30 minutes. Select one, and your broadcast begins. When I watched the 10-minute broadcast, the lead story was about the Pope in Mexico, candidate Jeb Bush and the Republican debate, the bitter cold in the northeastern U.S., the Syria ceasefire, the risk of recession, and the banning of Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia for doping.

You can slide up from the bottom of the touch pad to see the list of forthcoming segments and quickly jump to the next one. In the Settings you can choose between the U.S. and International editions for your broadcast.

The app and broadcasts are free. Reuters boasts over 2,500 journalists in 200 locations. There's a small amount of advertising.

CBS News for Apple TV

This app streams CBSN, a new 24-hour digital news network from CBS News. It offers a live-streaming newscast that's ongoing, similar to CNN's Headline News. It includes headlines, breaking news, commentary, and analysis.

In addition to this live channel, the app offers a large amount of on-demand CBS News content that you can access in variety of ways. If you select Shows in the top menu, you can choose from episodes of CBS Evening News, CBS This Morning, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, Sunday Morning, and Face the Nation.

You can also select Topic in the top menu, and choose from topics such as U.S., World, Politics, CBSN Originals, Enetrtainment, Health, SciTech, and MoneyWatch, and Crimeinsider.

You can, of course, get all the news you'd ever need on your iPhone or iPad. But there's something special about watching a news broadcast on an HDTV. A number of news apps for Apple TV let you pick and choose which clips you want to watch, but I like the experience of just sitting there and watching a curated sequence. If that's your preference, then you'll want to check out these two great apps. 

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.