Global Free-to-Air Television via the Apple TV
Imagine if you could switch on your television and watch not only local TV, but every free-to-air television channel on the planet – Thanks to Getflix and the new Apple TV 4, this dream is soon becoming a reality and we’ll show you how!
There are a lot of great things about the new Apple TV 4, but the best one all up is the ease and ability to add television streaming apps from all around the world. This means you can have the UK’s BBC iPlayer sitting next to Australia’s Plus7 or America’s NBC. With all of the world’s free-to-air television accessible in your home, that’s a vast library of content available at your fingertips!
Of course, the Apple TV 4 is a brand new platform which means not all of the world’s broadcasters are present yet. But every week a new one arrives somewhere, and we’re keeping track of all the major free English language ones right here. So bookmark this page and come back to check out any of the latest updates!
Right now we recommend installing the following apps on your Apple TV. All of them offer free-to-air content without any subscriptions or fees (Although some of the American apps request a cable subscription to increase their library). In order to unblock all of the apps below, we recommend Getflix, which is both easy to install, and great value for money.
The world’s largest broadcaster offers a huge range of catch-up content for 30 days from airing, as well as live streams of all their channels. This is a incredible app that alone makes any streaming device worth the effort.
Australia’s answer to the BBC (even if it is a little like the BBC on valium). Still, it has a great range of Australian productions, as well as many imported UK shows and some from other countries as well.
Australia’s highest rated television network provides a reasonable library of their latest shows including Home & Away just after airing, along with some classic box sets.
Possibly the best world movies and television service in the world, this app has a huge range of films and TV shows including many major releases. All in original language + English subtitles if needed.
Crackle is like a free version of Netflix and run by Sony. Offering a large library of ad-funded movies and TV shows including some original content. Getflix offers a switch to select different libraries including Australia, US and Canada.
America’s public broadcaster provides a good range of local productions as well as quality British imports. You’ll need to create a free account and select a local US region first though, but this is easy enough.
Whilst TVPlayer doesn’t belong to any broadcaster per se, this great free service offers a pile of live channels from the major UK broadcasters including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5. A subscription service adds more channels like EuroSport.
Similar to TVPlayer but as well as the UK Channels there are major German, Swiss, Austrian, French, Italian and Spanish ones. Free, but a subscription adds HD streams along with 7 day catch-up of all programs and recordings.
Generally speaking, the above broadcasters restrict their content to their local country only, so despite the ability to add apps from around the world, without a Smart DNS service you won’t have much luck streaming from them. But simply adding Getflix’s DNS servers to your Apple TV’s network setting and you’ll suddenly open up the world of television in your home!
Some apps may only be available in certain country’s iTunes stores, but it is pretty easy to create a free iTunes account in another country by using this method.
21.12.2015: Article published.
Disclaimer: While everything written in this article is true and I personally recommend Getflix for unblocking apps on the Apple TV 4 right now, it’s only honest to point out that Getflix is an advertiser on Eye on-Demand.