June 24, 2014 Last Updated 11:11 am

Apple updates Apple TV software, adding 4 new channels including ABC News

Are we crawling, slowly, inevitably, to a TV world without cable? Let’s hope so

It has to happen one day, right? A day will come when we will be free of the cable companies and their expensive, unimaginative, bloated offerings. Right?

Apple_TV-2-smWell, that day isn’t coming soon enough for many TV watchers, but it is, slowly, coming.

Today Apple released an update for its Apple TV, adding four new channels, including one for ABC News. BS Kids, AOL On, and Willow are the other three, and none will probably be enough for a large number of TV owners to cut the cord and drop their cable companies. But maybe we’ve moved an inch closer.

The new ABC News channel may be the most interesting as it adds contents from local affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh, Fresno, and Milwaukee, but it is not a substitute for the real thing as 1) ABC News is not a very powerful news organization anymore, and 2) no prime time programming, of course.

“We are delighted to deliver ABC News to a whole new and growing audience. Now the stories that interest you most and anything that’s happening live is instantly available to you on Apple TV from ABC News,” said James Goldston, President of ABC News in the broadcaster’s press release announcing the new Apple TV channel.

AOLon-TV“We’re #1 on air and #1 online, surging in mobile and expanding to connected televisions. We are very focused on what’s next,” said Ruffolo.

The new PBS Kids channel is a natural extension of its other PBS channel already on the Apple TV, while the new AOL On channel will feature AOL’s library of videos, essentially a rival channel to the existing YouTube and Vimeo channels.

“We are now able to provide Apple TV users with access to AOL’s premium video programming through an easy-to-use interface featuring best-in-class design,” said Ran Harnevo, President of AOL Video.

If you are not familiar with Willow, it is probably because you are not a cricket fan. Join the club. It’s taken almost a century for Americans to embrace the World Cup, I think cricket will take a bit longer. The good news is that fans of cricket are a patient group. Very patient.

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