Compared to the likes of the Roku, which boasts a 1,000+ channel library, the Apple TV doesn’t exactly have a lot of different media channels. The Apple TV boasts only has around 33 third-party channels. Much of the reason the channel selection is so limited is because, unlike Roku, the Apple TV is a closed ecosystem: only Apple can release a new channel for its streaming set-top box.
Things, however, are getting rapidly better, as the above chart shows.
MacStories’ Graham Spencer has put together a great timeline showing when various Apple TV channels were added to the set-top box. It confirms what many of us have noticed but not quantified: the vast majority of Apple TV updaqtes have happened in the last year and a half. In fact, by my count, Apple has added around two-dozen new channels since January 2013.
Slowly but surely, Apple has gotten very serious about the Apple TV over the last year. Is anyone surprised when Tim Cook says its set-top box isn’t a hobby anymore?