How to subscribe to Channels in the TV app on Apple TV

With the release of tvOS 12.3 comes the addition of Channels to the Apple TV app. Channels are a new way for Apple TV app users to subscribe to content providers like HBO, Showtime, and Starz from within the TV app itself.

You don't need the content provider's app to view the content. Instead, it plays within the TV app. So, if you're new to the Apple TV, or you own a smart TV with the Apple TV app installed such as newer models from Samsung, all you have to do is use the TV app. Your subscriptions will also carry over to your other Apple devices.

Most channels come with at least a seven-day trial, after which your subscription payment kicks in. You can unsubscribe at any time, just like you would with any other service you subscribe to through iOS or tvOS.

Here's how to subscribe to channels in the TV app.

How to subscribe to channels in the TV app on Apple TV

  1. Open the TV app on your Apple TV.
  2. Click on a channel to which you want to subscribe under Subscribe to Apple TV Channels.

    Open TV app, click a channel

  3. Click on Try It Free.
  4. Authenticate your purchase.

    Click Try It Free, authenticate

  5. Click Agree.
  6. Click Confirm.

    Click Agree, click Confirm

You'll be charged for your first month after your free trial period. Once subscribed to a channel, content recommendations from the channel will appear in the Watch Now section of the TV app.

How to cancel an Apple TV Channel subscription in the TV app on Apple TV

  1. Open Settings on your Apple TV.
  2. Click Accounts.

    Open Settings, click Accounts

  3. Click Manage Subscriptions.
  4. Click on the subscription for your Apple TV Channel that you want to end.

    Click Manage Subscriptions, click subscription

  5. Click Cancel Subscription or Cancel Trial, whichever appears.
  6. Click Confirm.

    Click Cancel Subscription, click Confirm

Accessory options

Whether you've misplaced or damaged your Siri Remote, or you want a serious control upgrade, here are a couple of things you might want to take a look at to use with your Apple TV.

Siri Remote

Siri Remote ($60 at Amazon)

If you lost or have broken your Apple TV's included Siri Remote, it's easy enough to replace.

Logitech Harmony 950

Logitech Harmony 950 ($200 at Amazon)

This remote can control your Apple TV perfectly, as well as your other entertainment devices.

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