My son told me that I could watch Sky News out of the UK live any time I want from my Apple TV, but I’m darned if I can figure out how to do so. Can you show me what’s involved?
What an extraordinary coincidence, my Dad is also asking me about this feature, so I’ll explain it for you and hopefully my Dad will be able to benefit from this tutorial too.
Anything related to the Apple TV seems to be a great mystery, actually, for reasons I don’t really understand. While there are plenty of them in the marketplace, you just never hear much about them, even during the holiday buying season. And yet, they have a lot of nice features – particularly if you’re already living in the Apple ecosystem with a Mac, iPhone, etc – that make them a good deal at the price, and doubly-so if you’re a Netflix fan.
But most people seem to just live in their favorite app, so sometimes it’s a surprise to see what other features there are. Like Sky News and its custom app.
The key thing to remember is that on the sleek silver Apple TV remote, pushing “MENU” always moves you “up” towards the main screen, the edges of the circle move you around and the center of the circle selects things.
With that in mind, turn on your Apple TV and push MENU as many times as needed until you see this:
Notice on the “Movies” button just below the poster for “We’re The Millers” that it has a blue glowing edge around it. That means it’s the selected app on the Apple TV. To find Sky News, you’re going to have to use the down button (the lower edge of the ring on the remote) to move the selector down about five or six rows.
Eventually, you’ll see this:
You can see the icon for the app we want on the lower right, with the blue edge. Notice while we’re here all the other apps available. It’s not hundreds, but there’s some surprisingly decent content here if you feel like exploring.
If not, move your selector to “Sky News” as shown then click on the middle of the circle on the remote.
You’ll launch Sky News and after a moment or three checking in with their Web server, you’ll see this:
When you first go into the Sky News app, the center of the top display should say “Watch Live”. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to navigate sideways (e.g., by using the right and left directional elements on the remote) to find that element.
Then push “select” again and the stream should go live (possibly after a short advertisement).
When I did it, I dropped right into this story:
As you can see in this photograph, it’s crisp, glitch-free and very watchable.
There ya go. Now you know how to get to Sky News streaming live – for free – on your Apple TV.
When you’re done and want to go back to the top level of the AppleTV itself, simply press on the “MENU” button on the remote a few times.