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Description

Live TV, anywhere in your home. Channels lets you watch, pause, and rewind local or cable TV directly on your iPhone or iPad.

Learn more about Channels at http://getchannels.com.

Channels requires an HDHomeRun networked TV tuner to watch live TV on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Learn more about how this works below.

• Pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV
• Guide Data
• Full HD streaming (bandwidth permitting)
• 5.1 Surround Sound
• Closed captioning
• Full support for VoiceOver
• Channel favoriting
• Jump back to last channel
• Auto Discovery
• Browse what's on other channels while watching TV
• Manage your HDHomeRun devices from Channels

"If you’re a cord cutter, then Channels coupled with an HDHomeRun and antenna is one of the best purchases you can make." — 9to5mac

"If live television has been a missing or irritating-to-use piece for your viewing pleasure, Channels plus a networked tuner pulls it neatly into your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad." — Macworld

Channels requires modern iOS devices and 802.11AC wireless for HD streaming. But as usual, your milage may vary.

Supported devices: All iOS devices with an A7 chip and up.

Note: Channels does not support Picture in Picture mode on the iPad or AirPlay on any device due to the video format provided by the HDHomeRun tuners. This is an iOS limitation.

-- Why Use Channels? --

Channels is the missing piece of your puzzle. If you already watch everything through streaming apps, Channels lets you finally watch sports, award shows, local news, and other live events on your same device.

• Watch live primetime TV, local news, and sports on your Apple TV.
• Netflix, Hulu, Movies, Games, AirPlay, and now live TV on the same device.
• Already using antenna for live TV? Channels lets you use one antenna to watch TV on all the devices in your home.
• Want sports on your porch? News in the kitchen? Channels lets you watch these anywhere in the home. Let your TV watching follow you around the house.

-- How Does It Work? --

An HDHomeRun is a simple TV tuner that can broadcast television over your home network. Channels streams that video directly to your device.

1. Plug an HD antenna or your cable into your HDHomeRun.
2. Plug your HDHomeRun into your router.
3. Watch live TV via the Channels app.

-- How Do You Use It? --

Here's some protips on how to get the most out of Channels.

• Pick your favorite channels by selecting your HDHomeRun device in the Settings tab and tapping on a channel.
• See quickly what’s currently on your favorite channels with the On Now tab.
• Tap on a channel to view more info about it (or just 3D Touch it).
• Live TV buffer works for ~90 mins or less depending on how much storage is available on your device.
• Skip ahead 30s by swiping right. Skip back 7s by swiping left.
• Double-tap with 2 fingers to switch to the previous channel.
• Swipe up/down on the Quick Guide to see what else is on your favorite channels. Tap it to change to that channel.

-- HDHomeRun Device Support --

All HDHomeRun devices are supported by Channels.

• HDHomeRun PRIME
• HDHomeRun EXTEND
• HDHomeRun EXPAND
• HDHomeRun CONNECT
• HDHomeRun DUAL
• HDHomeRun ORIGINAL (blue and white tuners)

Learn more about HDHomeRun tuners on silicondust.com. Simply plug a compatible tuner into your home network router and start watching Live TV with Channels today!

• DRM protected streams are *not* currently supported.
• Channels does *not* work outside of your home. It only works when connected to the same network as your HDHomeRun Device

For questions, concerns, bug reports, and feature requests, contact us on twitter @getchannels or via email support@getchannels.com. You can talk about everything Channels on our community site at: https://community.getchannels.com.

 Free in iOS App Store

Screenshots

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Version History

Launched Jul 30, 2016 (almost 3 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 16 days, on average.

May 14
2019
(Current)
Version 2.2.17

- IMPROVED: Significant improvements with Channels DVR Server discoverability
- FIXED: Guide data could be missing while accessing remotely
- FIXED: Timeline could jump around when scrubbing recordings.
- FIXED: Video player could fail to quit when recordings ended.

May 11
2019
Version 2.2.16

- FIXED: Channels would lose its guide data if backgrounded and relaunched
- FIXED: Changing channels while playing back on anything but Original Quality would not tune to the next channel

May 08
2019
Version 2.2.15

- NEW: HDHomeRun Premium channel support removed
- IMPROVED: Show summary is spoken via VoiceOver in the guide
- FIXED: Crash when game controller was attached.
- FIXED: Playback would freeze while playing back recordings in the UK.
- FIXED: Player sometimes would not exit after recording finished playing.
- FIXED: Legacy HDHomeRun devices could get stuck at black screen when changing channels
- FIXED: Mute persists after changing channels

Apr 25
2019
Version 2.2.14

- IMPROVED: [DVR] Improved remote playback on slow/laggy WiFi networks
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Increased buffering for remote playback
- IMPROVED: Added latest HDHomeRun firmware updates
- FIXED: HDHomeRun tuners would sometimes fail to be discovered

Mar 23
2019
Version 2.2.13

- IMPROVED: [DVR] Double-click to skip commercial will seek to the end of the commercial more accurately.
- FIXED: Some channels in Finland would not play correctly.
- FIXED: Some channels in Finland and Italy would play english audio instead of native language.
- FIXED: [DVR] Search would not work when using quotes.

Jan 25
2019
Version 2.2.12

NEW - Customize the channels shown in the in-player Quick Guide
IMPROVED - some bug fixes with the video player
IMPROVED - Remote DVR streams will include surround sound at bitrates higher than 6mbps

Jan 10
2019
Version 2.2.11

Bug fixes.

Oct 31
2018
Version 2.2.10

- NEW: Support for the new 11" iPad Pro and 12.9" iPad Pro
- FIXED: Channel scan was not showing progress

Oct 25
2018
Version 2.2.9

- FIXED: Remote playback on XS & XS Max would sometimes fail
- FIXED: Bug fixes and stability fixes
- FIXED: Settings tab looked bad with large Dynamic Type

Oct 07
2018
Version 2.2.8

- NEW: [DVR] Connect to Channels DVR directly by IP address
- IMPROVED: Channels DVR discover reliability
- IMPROVED: HDHomeRun device discover reliability
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Remote DVR reliability

Sep 20
2018
Version 2.2.7

- NEW: Support for iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs, and Xs Max
- NEW: Added a setting to skip the Play To prompt when watching a show or recording
- IMPROVED: Better setup experience when connecting to a newly installed DVR
- IMPROVED: Recordings will resume at the last watched duration more reliably
- IMPROVED: Improved HDHomeRun Premium channel playback
- FIXED: [DVR] Custom padding options weren't appearing as options for scheduled recordings
- FIXED: [DVR] Some instances where Cancel Recording was not being shown
- FIXED: Teletext menus were appearing on some Finish stations when captions were enabled
- FIXED: Channels could appear out of order when multiple HDHomeRuns had overlapping stations
- FIXED: Some UI fixes

Aug 30
2018
Version 2.2.6

- FIXED: Stuttering on some HDHomeRun Premium TV stations.
- FIXED: Secondary audio tracks would sometimes not appear in the language picker.
- FIXED: [DVR] ClearQAM channels could appear as Unknown after setting guide mappings.

Aug 24
2018
Version 2.2.5

- FIXED: Some minor bugs

Aug 22
2018
Version 2.2.4

- FIXED: [DVR] Remote streaming could sometimes not work
- FIXED: HDHomeRun Premium TV channels hide option would reset between launches
- FIXED: Legacy tuners were sometimes failing

Aug 21
2018
Version 2.2.3

- NEW: Support for HDHomeRun Premium TV

Aug 13
2018
Version 2.2.2

- FIXED: Various bug fixes

Aug 07
2018
Version 2.2.1

- NEW: Customize closed captioning styles via System Accessibility Settings.
- IMPROVED: Descriptive Video tracks are marked in the Language picker.
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Show original air date for recorded programs.
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Some padding options were not available.
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Up Next would sometimes not update after watching an episode.
- FIXED: Wrong default audio track was picked on some channels.
- FIXED: Sporting events in some regions could show as Unknown on the guide.

Jun 26
2018
Version 2.2

We've cleaned up the UI to help unify the app between tvOS and iOS. We hop you like it!

- IMPROVED: The overall design has been freshened up
- IMPROVED: [DVR] Info modals have been unified across iOS and tvOS to share the same flows
- IMPROVED: [DVR] You can now watch current airings directly from the schedule or search results

Thanks for being an awesome customer! If you can take a minute to give Channels a review we'd appreciate it. App reviews help a ton, and you taking time out of your day to write them means the world to us. Thanks!

Jun 12
2018
Version 2.1.16

- IMPROVED: Better audio/video sync with HomePod (Airplay2)
- FIXED: Some DVB-T2 channels using HEVC could flash blue during playback.
- FIXED: Seeking would not work reliably when streaming remotely for more than an hour.
- FIXED: Guide would not show date/time headers after 14 days.
- FIXED: DVR users could not create season passes for sports.
- FIXED: Music Choice channels would take several seconds to start playing.

Apr 20
2018
Version 2.1.15

- IMPROVED: Closed captioning support in Germany.
- FIXED: DVB-T2 HEVC channels would not play smoothly.
- FIXED: Several rare crashes.

Apr 18
2018
Version 2.1.14

- NEW: Latest stable firmware for HDHR devices.
- IMPROVED: Remote streaming will buffer for smoother playback.
- IMPROVED: Support for closed captioning in Australia.
- FIXED: Legacy tuners will try to guess HD channels based on call signs.

Mar 25
2018
Version 2.1.13

- IMPROVED: Sleeker progress indicators
- FIXED: Progress indicators for Up Next would sometimes not show

From Version 2.1.12

- IMPROVED: Up Next episodes now show progress indicators
- IMPROVED: VoiceOver support on the guide

Mar 15
2018
Version 2.1.10

- IMPROVED: Season/episode number are shown in the player when watching a recording.
- IMPROVED: Option to reconnect to Remote DVR if connection is lost.
- FIXED: Extended padding options were not visible for Sport passes.
- FIXED: Firmware updates were not working.

Mar 07
2018
Version 2.1.9

- NEW: Stable firmware for latest generation HDHRs.
- IMPROVED: VoiceOver support for scheduled/recording programs on the guide.
- FIXED: Some recorded shows would not display their episodes in the correct order.
- FIXED: Fast Forward would sometimes cause pausing

Feb 15
2018
Version 2.1.8

- IMPROVED: Winter Olympic recordings are now in order and presented better.
- IMPROVED: Improvements for legacy tuners
- FIXED: Fast Forward would sometimes cause pausing

Dec 15
2017
Version 2.1.7

- FIXED: Scrolling issues on the Settings tab.
- FIXED: Audio track selection UI when remote streaming.
- FIXED: Video player would fail to stream from local HDHR if also connected to remote DVR.
- FIXED: Remote DVR would not auto-connect on app launch if local HDHRs were also present.

Dec 14
2017
Version 2.1.6

- NEW: Stable firmware for new HDHomeRun DUO and QUATRO.
- IMPROVED: Images are cached so they continue to be visible if the internet connection is lost.
- IMPROVED: Better remote streaming performance over high-latency connections.
- FIXED: Remote Wi-Fi streaming at Original Quality could show Transcoder Not Available error.
- FIXED: Some H264 channels would glitch during playback.
- FIXED: Some channels would lose A/V sync during playback.
- FIXED: Remote playback of an in-progress recording would sometimes not allow seeking.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Nov 09
2017
Version 2.1.4

- IMPROVED: Notification permission is no longer requested on first launch. Channels will only request permission when using a feature that uses it (Airing Reminders).
- FIXED: Other small UI fixes.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Nov 02
2017
Version 2.1.3

- NEW: Ready for iPhone X.
- FIXED: Other small UI fixes.

Channels now requires a minimum of iOS version 11.0

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Oct 26
2017
Version 2.1.2

- NEW: Overscan setting for the video player.
- IMPROVED: Better guide data coverage in Germany.
- FIXED: Watching in-progress recording with end padding would not allow seeking into the padding.
- FIXED: Remote streaming of recordings would sometimes fail to start.

Oct 18
2017
Version 2.1.1

- NEW: Remote DVR lets you use Channels on the go and away from home.
- IMPROVED: Tuner Sharing option is now off by default.
- IMPROVED: Support for setting up legacy TECH tuners with DVR.
- IMPROVED: Faster tuning of H264 channels.
- FIXED: Tuner Sharing was not working with legacy hdhomeruns.
- FIXED: Video playback could stutter at the end of a recording when closed captions were enabled.
- FIXED: Some rare crashes.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Oct 17
2017
Version 2.1

- NEW: Remote DVR lets you use Channels on the go and away from home.
- IMPROVED: Tuner Sharing option is now off by default.
- IMPROVED: Support for setting up legacy TECH tuners with DVR.
- IMPROVED: Faster tuning of H264 channels.
- FIXED: Tuner Sharing was not working with legacy hdhomeruns.
- FIXED: Video playback could stutter at the end of a recording when closed captions were enabled.
- FIXED: Some rare crashes.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Oct 11
2017
Version 2.0.3

- IMPROVED: Various bug fixes

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Oct 03
2017
Version 2.0.1

- NEW: Latest stable HDHomeRun firmware.
- FIXED: Sports weren't showing up in More Recently Recorded

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Oct 02
2017
Version 2.0

Channels for iOS goes to 2.0 to mark a special occasion: Channels DVR is now out of beta and is generally available!

There were some actual updates in this release as well:

- IMPROVED - New Series Passes will use your default keep settings.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Sep 28
2017
Version 1.4.11

- NEW: Added HEVC hardware decoding for Germany DVB-T2 channels.
- FIXED: H264 decoding issues on some channels.
- FIXED: App could crash on iOS 10

Sep 28
2017
Version 1.4.10

- NEW: Added HEVC hardware decoding for Germany DVB-T2 channels.
- FIXED: H264 decoding issues on some channels.
- FIXED: App could crash on iOS 10

Sep 20
2017
Version 1.4.9

Happy iOS 11 day!

NEW: Adds support for iOS 11.
NEW: Customize your seek durations to 3, 7, 10, 15, or 30 seconds.
NEW: Custom seek durations just for sports. These seek durations will only be in effect when watching a sporting event.
FIXED: Team Passes for DVR would not allow more than 15 minutes of end padding.

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Aug 10
2017
Version 1.4.8

- FIXED: Close button would not work on some DVR modals.
- FIXED: Some DVR modals would overflow when title/description were too long.

Notes for previous version:

- NEW: Full DVR support for both iPhone and iPad
- NEW: HDHomeRun Tech3-US support
- IMPROVED: Added firmware upgrade support for HDHR TECH models
- FIXED: DVB EPG parsing was not working in Czechia

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Jul 26
2017
Version 1.4.7

This release cleans up some bugs and user interface issues along with some rare crashes.

Notes for previous version 1.4.6

- NEW: Full DVR support for both iPhone and iPad
- NEW: HDHomeRun Tech3-US support
- IMPROVED: Added firmware upgrade support for HDHR TECH models
- FIXED: DVB EPG parsing was not working in Czechia

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Jul 25
2017
Version 1.4.6

- NEW: Full DVR support for both iPhone and iPad
- NEW: HDHomeRun Tech3-US support
- IMPROVED: Added firmware upgrade support for HDHR TECH models
- FIXED: DVB EPG parsing was not working in Czechia

App Store reviews are really helpful to us. If you could take a moment to write a review, we would be eternally grateful. Thanks so much for using Channels, tell your friends! :)

Mar 30
2017
Version 1.4.5

- FIXED: Some H.264 channels in the UK would stutter during playback.

Mar 27
2017
Version 1.4.4

- FIXED: Singaporean HD channels would distort audio playback.
- FIXED: Some rare crashes.

Mar 08
2017
Version 1.4.3

- NEW: Tap and drag to scrub the video playback cursor.
- IMPROVED: Video player performance.
- FIXED: Some rare crashes affecting a few users.
- FIXED: Video player would pause when swiping up the Control Center.
- FIXED: Closed captions were not working on some non-HD cable channels.

Feb 28
2017
Version 1.4.2

- FIXED: On iOS 9 devices, app would crash trying to play a channel.

Feb 23
2017
Version 1.4.1

- FIXED: Some DVB customers were experiencing crashes when switching between H264 channels.

Feb 20
2017
Version 1.4.0

- NEW: Hardware accelerated decoding of AVC/H.264 channels. This means reduced CPU usage and better battery life when watching AVC/H.264 channels or transcoded streams from the HDHomeRun EXTEND.

Nov 11
2016
Version 1.3.3

- FIXED: DVB subtitles were not working.

We're working hard to improve Channels and make it the best TV watching experience on any platform. With each update we release, our App Store rating resets. It would mean the world to us if you took the time to give us a review. Thanks so much!

Nov 09
2016
Version 1.3.2

- FIXED: Some DVB radio stations would take a long time to start playing.
- FIXED: Some channels would not appear under the All Channels filter.

We're working hard to improve Channels and make it the best TV watching experience on any platform. With each update we release, our App Store rating resets. It would mean the world to us if you took the time to give us a review. Thanks so much!

Nov 05
2016
Version 1.3.1

- NEW: Channels will remember what tab you were last on when re-launching.
- IMPROVED: Some minor UI improvements.
- FIXED: 3D Touch to launch previous channel was not working.
- FIXED: HDMI adapter would not display video in full screen.

We're working hard to improve Channels and make it the best TV watching experience on any platform. With each update we release, our App Store rating resets. It would mean the world to us if you took the time to give us a review. Thanks so much!

Oct 19
2016
Version 1.3

- NEW: Multiple HDHomeRun tuners can be used at once.
- NEW: You are now alerted that you will lose your unwatched buffer before changing channels or exiting back to the guide.
- FIXED: Some cable channels would play Spanish audio by default.

Multiple tuner owners rejoice! Channels now uses all of your HDHomeRun tuners at once. When tuning, Channels will use the first available tuner. You can sort your tuner priority in the Settings tab to customize the order that Channels attempts to use them.

We also added some protection to your unwatched buffers. If you have an unwatched portion of your timeline and you try to change the channel or exit back to the guide, you will be alerted that your buffer will be lost. Hopefully this helps with some of the scenarios where buffers are wiped out accidentally.

We're working hard to improve Channels and make it the best TV watching experience on any platform. With each update we release, our App Store rating resets. It would mean the world to us if you took the time to give us a review. Thanks so much!

Oct 12
2016
Version 1.2.1

- FIXED: Filtering now works for international users with Gracenote EPG.
- FIXED: Some rare crashes.

Oct 10
2016
Version 1.2

- NEW: On Now supports channel filters
- IMPROVED: HD channels shown first when filtering by category
- IMPROVED: Confirmation screen when clicking "Upgrade Firmware" button on Settings tab.
- FIXED: Some programs were not being shown on the Guide tab.

Oct 06
2016
Version 1.1.2

- FIXED: Setting a reminder would sometimes crash.
- FIXED: Leaving the video player would crash in rare circumstances.

Version 1.1

- NEW: You can now set reminders on upcoming shows to have Channels notify you 5 minutes before they start.

Oct 01
2016
Version 1.1.1

- FIXED: Setting a reminder would sometimes crash.

Sep 30
2016
Version 1.1

- NEW: You can now set reminders on upcoming shows to have Channels notify you 5 minutes before they start.
- CHANGED: App rating is now 12+

Sep 13
2016
Version 1.0.6

- Improved: Minor fixes for iOS 10

Sep 03
2016
Version 1.0.5

- NEW: Quality preference can be used to improve CPU usage.
- IMPROVED: Seek performance.
- FIXED: Video player would sometimes lock up while seeking.

Aug 10
2016
Version 1.0.4

- NEW: You can now hide channels in addition to favoriting them
- FIXED: Watch Now button was appearing on future showings.

Aug 06
2016
Version 1.0.3

- NEW: Change the channel on Channels for Apple TV.
- NEW: Tap-and-hold a channel on the Guide tab to add/remove from Favorites.
- IMPROVED: Video playback begins more quickly after selecting a channel.

Aug 04
2016
Version 1.0.2

- NEW: 3D Touch shortcut to instantly watch your last channel.
- FIXED: Minor bug fixes

Jul 29
2016
Version 1.0.1

- NEW: Added a filter for non hd channels
- IMPROVED: Some design tweaks for the favs bar on iPad
- FIXED: App would sometimes crash on the guide

Jul 27
2016
Version 1.0

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