Apple has just released a major software update for the 2nd and 3rd generation Apple TV.
Apple TV Software Update 5.3 brings HBO GO and WatchESPN to Apple TV. The update also brings Sky News’ 24/7 news feed and on-demand news library, Crunchyroll, the leading global video service for Japanese Anime and Asian media and Qello, a leading on-demand streaming service for HD concerts and music documentaries.
Apple has also issued a press release to announce the availability of HBO GO and WatchESPN on Apple TV.
“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”
HBO Go on Apple TV requires a subscription to HBO through participating television providers.
WatchESPN on Apple TV is available to users who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription from affiliated providers.
Sky News on Apple TV is available to users in the US, UK and Ireland.
You need a subscription for Crunchyroll and Qello, which you can sign up for directly on Apple TV. Crunchyroll offers a 7-day free trial, after which you have to pay $6.99 per month. Qello also offers a 7-day free trial, after which you have to pay $4.99 per month.
The Apple TV update is available to all 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV devices right away.
Apple has also disclosed that iTunes viewers are now purchasing over 800,000 TV episodes and 350,000 movies per day, and they have downloaded more than one billion TV episodes and 380 million movies from iTunes to date.