Apple TV has added channels for Yahoo and PBS, bringing full episodes of some PBS shows as well as short-form videos from Yahoo's collection of "Saturday Night Live" clips, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and other programming to the Internet set-top.
Apple has bulked up content partnership for its $99 Internet streaming device in recent months. The company added authenticated pay-TV services WatchESPN and HBO Go in June, followed by channels for Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Major League Soccer.
In September, Amazon updated its Instant Video app for iPads and iPhone to let users play back content on Apple TV set-tops, via the wireless AirPlay streaming feature.
Yahoo Screen, the Internet company's new video brand, provides current clips from "Saturday Night Live" and material from the show's 38-year archive. Under a deal with Viacom, Yahoo also offers short-form segments form "The Colbert Report" and "The Daily Show." Other content includes live news and events, music and Yahoo originals, including eight comedy series it bowed this fall.
The PBS app on Apple TV includes more than 5,000 hours of on-demand content, including "Frontline," "PBS NewsHour," "Masterpiece," "Austin City Limits," select episodes of "Downton Abbey" and programming from local PBS stations. Users must sign in using a Facebook, Google+ or PBS account to access the shows.
In January, PBS and Amazon announced deal under which Amazon will has exclusive subscription VOD rights to all past and future "Downtown Abbey" seasons. A PBS rep said "Downton Abbey" seasons 2 and 3 will re-air on its stations through December, and each of these episodes as well as new season 4 eps beginning in January will be available on Apple TV and other platforms for a "limited window following the on-air broadcast."
Related storiesLady Gaga Ignites 'SNL' for Highest Ratings of the SeasonEndemol to Invest $40 Mil to Build Out Premium Online Video NetworkThe Marissa Mayer Show Needs a Rewrite 2013 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLCCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun