The free, ad-supported content offers all Apple TV customers in the U.S. access to select full episodes of programming including "Project Runway" (pictured, above), "Storage Wars," "Devious Maids" and "Pawn Stars," as well as other content. That includes a few episodes of scripted dramas in-season such as History's "Vikings" and A&E's "Bates Motel" as well as past seasons of some shows.
But sorry, cord-cutters: For access to the bulk of the A+E content available through Apple TV, users must subscribe to participating pay-TV providers. And today, that's limited to just three providers that have agreements to allow access to the full load of A&E, History and Lifetime shows on the Apple TV boxes: DirecTV, Verizon FiOS TV and Cablevision Systems. More providers will be added soon, according to an A+E rep.
For now, other pay-TV providers that have agreements with A+E to allow TV Everywhere access to the programmers' content on mobile apps and on the web -- but not Apple TV -- include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Shaw Communications. Meanwhile, Dish Network and AT&T U-verse are the biggest providers that don't have TV Everywhere deals with A+E for any devices currently.
Last week, A+E launched authenticated access to live feeds of A&E and History, available on the Web and via the networks' apps for Apple iOS devices.
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