ESPN and ABC News apps to lose support on Apple TV third generation next month

As it turns out, even more changes are coming to the Apple TV third generation this summer.

Both the ESPN and ABC News apps on the Apple streaming service box are set to lose support for the device on Monday, October 4, according to messages in its apps on the Apple TV third generation.

It might seem like just a coincidence that both apps lose support on the same day, but the fact that both networks are owned by Disney, needless to say, it’s not too much of a coincidence if you think about it.

At this time, the ESPN app surprisingly actually has a good amount of functionality to it, with users being able to sign into their ESPN+ accounts and watch live and on-demand sports content.

Those who do not have an ESPN+ subscription can still watch free clips from around its network of content.

The ABC News app does not have a membership to it but does allow for users to stream a 24/7 feed of ABC News. However, after trying that feature Thursday morning, it does not appear as though that feature is no longer available.

Still, users can stream on-demand content and video clips from the ABC News app on the Apple TV third generation.

Once the apps go dark and are not on the Apple TV third generation, users will be encouraged to use AirPlay from products like the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac in order to play media from ESPN or ABC News on the Apple TV third generation.

Another solution would be to get a tvOS-based Apple TV like the Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K.

This year alone, we have already seen a lot of app support from this Apple TV, with apps such as FOX NOW, YouTube, MLB, and the CBS All Access.

In fact, the only support it has seemed to get this year is Paramount+, which technically is not possible unless you use it through Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app.

What are your thoughts on the Apple TV third generation losing support for ESPN and ABC News in October? Comment below or let us know on Twitter at @appleosophy.

David Becker
Author: David Becker

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