CNN lands on Apple TV, but you'll still need cable

CNN lands on Apple TV, but you still need cable


Apple's forthcoming service would unify top TV networks into one package. Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac
Photo: Alex Heath/ Cult of Mac

CNN came to the Apple TV today in the form of “CNNgo,” an app that lets you view live broadcasts, shows, and popular news clips.

Unfortunately, the bulk of CNNgo is still shackled to cable, meaning you won’t be able to view anything except some short video highlights without first entering TV subscription information.

“CNNgo on Apple TV brings together our live CNN TV simulcast and deep library of original films, franchises and short-form video in a powerful, on-demand way unlike any product we’ve launched to date,” CNN chief product officer Alex Wellen told Variety.

While that may be the case for CNN, the experience of getting set up to actually watch content is still terrible. CNNgo tricks you into thinking you can watch anything you see, but a little lock next to each video reminds you that your cable-cutter dreams aren’t reality yet.

When you click on locked content, CNN asks you to go its website on another device and enter an activation code. From there, you have to get through all this:

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That Apple live TV service can’t come soon enough.