Channels: Whole Home DVR 12+

Live TV & DVR on your devices

Fancy Bits, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • Free


Cut the cord without missing your shows. You don't have to lose your DVR just because you canceled your cable.

Channels is easy for the whole family to love.

Watch your favorite programs on every TV and device, from the living room, hotel room, or even on your commute. Channels delivers a unified experience across all your TVs, devices, and streaming platforms.

Learn more about Channels and how it works at

-- Record Your Shows --

• Record in one place, watch on every TV & iOS device.
• Pause in one room and resume in another, or on your iPhone or iPad.
• Pick your favorite shows or teams, and choose to record all or just their new airings.
• Browse or search through 21 days worth of guide data that updates daily.
• Schedule a recording from your phone while you're away from home.
• Watch your favorite shows or teams while you're away from home. Live or recorded.
• Watch your shows while they're currently recording. Don't wait for them to finish.
• Your recordings get their commercials indexed, and can be automatically skipped.

-- Watch Live TV --

• Pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV.
• Support for full 5.1 surround sound.
• Full support for closed captioning and alternate audio tracks.
• Mark channels as favorites. Browse them for quicker access to your favorite networks.
• Full support for VoiceOver. Browse and watch TV with ease.

NOTE: DVR features require Channels DVR Server installed and running on your home computer or NAS to stream to your devices. Learn more at

-- People Love Channels --

"One of the most capable cord-cutting replacements for a cable DVR" - TechHive

"Apple TV just became the best box for streaming live broadcast TV" — Macworld

"Apple TV already has at least one 'killer app'. The new third-party Apple TV app, Channels." — MacDailyNews

"I can tell you it’s buttery smooth" — Zatz Not Funny!

For questions, concerns, bug reports, and feature requests, contact us on twitter @getchannels or via email

What’s New

Version 5.5.3

• IMPROVED: Support for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
• IMPROVED: Better handling of timeline while in audio only mode on iOS
• IMPROVED: Better handling of Start From Beginning button on iOS
• FIXED: Search was broken when editing your query

** New in version 5.5.1 **

• FIXED: Some channels were causing framedrops

** New in version 5.5.0 **

• NEW: New options to define what happens when you tune into a Virtual Channel: Start Live, Start From Beginning, Ask, or the new inline Start From Beginning -utton
• NEW: New resume option for resuming recordings: In Player Prompt - This will auto resume your recording, with a button then offering you the ability to start -rom the beginning.
• NEW: Settings added to decide if the Timeline should show when seeking. Set it specifically for Movies, Sports, and everything else.
• NEW: Future Virtual Channel airings on the Guide now offer a Watch button which tunes into the channel starting at that point.
• NEW: Rename what the client is displayed as. Edit the name in the app or in your Channels DVR Server web admin. Settings > General > Display Name
• NEW: Added Recently Watched to the All TV Shows view
• NEW: Watch > Random - Channels will choose a random episode of a show and play continuously in order
• NEW: Refresh Metadata option available for recordings/movies in context menu
• NEW: Hide or allow specific movies or TV shows by labels from the server
• NEW: Hardware is now the default mode under Settings > Playback > Advanced > Deinterlacing Mode
• NEW: The experimental video driver is now the default. The previous default has been renamed to Legacy.

• IMPROVED: Virtual Channel will advance to next episode when fast-forwarding past the end of the current airing
• IMPROVED: The Quick Guide will match the currently playing airing when the channel has been timeshifted
• IMPROVED: When switching playback speed, the current setting is focused by default and checked
• IMPROVED: Virtual channels will not cause the timeline to appear when switching to next airing
• IMPROVED: Use the Play button on your TV remote to launch player immediately when focused on a future Virtual Channel guide airing
• IMPROVED: Pressing play when playback has failed while watching Live TV causes the connection to be re-established
• IMPROVED: Player controls no longer appear when seeking with the keyboard on an iPad
• IMPROVED: API for channel up/down will now page up/down on the guide, to allow custom API based remote controls to function the same way as bluetooth and IR remotes
• IMPROVED: Support WMA audio

• FIXED: Duration wasn’t showing for Movies
• FIXED: Sidebar would animate funny when re-opening the app
• FIXED: Guide would not focus on the correct channel while using Picture in PictureFIXED: On Later on iOS would not render correctly randomly
• FIXED: On Later on iOS would not render correctly randomly
• FIXED: Match Content for Live TV setting was not available for non DVR users
• FIXED: Videos were showing in the Enhanced Browsing TV section under Recently Watched and Recently Aired
• FIXED: Clicking back in the Resume dialog was not working
• FIXED: In-progress recordings were able to be played faster than 1x
• FIXED: Scrubbing towards end of episode would be interrupted by Watch Next button
• FIXED: Player controls could not be immediatly dismissed after seeking on iOS
• FIXED: Screensaver would never appear after player errored out
• FIXED: Movie details could sometimes be incorrect
• FIXED: When watching a virtual channel, the Quick Guide and timeline had the wrong information about when the next airing would start
• FIXED: When pausing for a while, the program info on the Timeline would disappear
• FIXED: DVR library would fail to load if invalid strm files were present
• FIXED: Imported .strm playback was not showing duration in player timeline

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