Users of the new Apple TV can now watch live over-the-air channels directly through the set-top box, provided they’re willing to spend another $100 or more on additional hardware.
A new third-party Apple TV app called Channels ($15) lets users watch live TV through a SiliconDust HDHomeRun networked tuner. HDHomeRun receives video from any broadcast antenna, and then connects to a Wi-Fi router. Through companion apps, users can then stream those channels on various devices around the house.
Officially, HDHomeRun only offers apps for Android, PC, Mac, Linux, Android TV devices, and Amazon Fire TV. But SiliconDust also allows third-party developers to create their own apps for those platforms and others. Channels is the first to support Apple TV.