Watch live TV, anywhere in your home. Channels lets you watch, pause, and rewind local or cable TV directly on your iPhone or iPad .

Learn more about Channels at

Channels requires an HDHomeRun networked TV tuner to watch live TV on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. Learn more about how this works below.

• Pause, rewind, and fast forward live TV
• Guide Data
• Full grid guide
• Full HD streaming (bandwidth permitting)
• 5.1 Surround Sound
• Closed captioning
• Full support for VoiceOver
• Channel favoriting
• Jump back to last channel
• Auto Discovery
• Browse what's on other channels while watching TV
• Manage your HDHomeRun devices from Channels

"If you’re a cord cutter, then Channels coupled with an HDHomeRun and antenna is one of the best purchases you can make." — 9to5mac

"If live television has been a missing or irritating-to-use piece for your viewing pleasure, Channels plus a networked tuner pulls it neatly into your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad." — Macworld

Channels requires modern iOS devices and 802.11AC wireless for HD streaming. But as usual, your milage may vary.

Supported devices: All iOS devices with an A7 chip and up.

Note: Channels does not support Picture in Picture mode on the iPad or AirPlay on any device due to the video format provided by the HDHomeRun tuners. This is an iOS limitation.

-- Why Use Channels? --

Channels is the missing piece of your puzzle. If you already watch everything through streaming apps, Channels lets you finally watch sports, award shows, local news, and other live events on your same device.

• Watch live primetime TV, local news, and sports on your Apple TV.
• Netflix, Hulu, Movies, Games, AirPlay, and now live TV on the same device.
• Already using antenna for live TV? Channels lets you use one antenna to watch TV on all the devices in your home.
• Want sports on your porch? News in the kitchen? Channels lets you watch these anywhere in the home. Let your TV watching follow you around the house.

-- How Does It Work? --

An HDHomeRun is a simple TV tuner that can broadcast television over your home network. Channels streams that video directly to your device.

1. Plug an HD antenna or your cable into your HDHomeRun.
2. Plug your HDHomeRun into your router.
3. Watch live TV via the Channels app.

-- How Do You Use It? --

Here's some protips on how to get the most out of Channels.

• Pick your favorite channels by selecting your HDHomeRun device in the Settings tab and tapping on a channel.
• See quickly what’s currently on your favorite channels with the On Now tab.
• Tap on a channel to view more info about it (or just 3D Touch it).
• Live TV buffer works for ~90 mins or less depending on how much storage is available on your device.
• Skip ahead 30s by swiping right. Skip back 7s by swiping left.
• Double-tap with 2 fingers to switch to the previous channel.
• Swipe up/down on the Quick Guide to see what else is on your favorite channels. Tap it to change to that channel.

-- HDHomeRun Device Support --

All HDHomeRun devices are supported by Channels.

• HDHomeRun DUAL
• HDHomeRun ORIGINAL (blue and white tuners)

Learn more about HDHomeRun tuners on Simply plug a compatible tuner into your home network router and start watching Live TV with Channels today!

• DRM protected streams are *not* currently supported.
• Channels does *not* work outside of your home. It only works when connected to the same network as your HDHomeRun Device

For questions, concerns, bug reports, and feature requests, contact us on twitter @getchannels or via email You can talk about everything Channels on our community site at:

What’s New

Version 4.0.2

- FIXED: Crash on iOS trying to use app shortcuts
- FIXED: Subtitles on some imported movies were not appearing
- FIXED: Closed captions could fail to turn on for some channels
- FIXED: Incorrect audio track could be selected on some channels
- FIXED: Channels API for navigation was not working


Welcome to version 4.0 of Channels!

This is a huge release for Channels Plus fans. This update focuses on making Channels better with larger libraries, along with a bunch of new quality of life improvements.

1. Expanded browsing library experience for larger libraries
2. Kids section lets you put kid movies and shows in their own section
3. View recordings as a list in the order they were recorded
4. Auto Play next episodes
5. Shuffle playback to play random episodes in a row for your show
6. Playback now prompts if you want to resume or not
7. Manage the Trash right from Channels
8. Mark your shows and movies as favorites
9. Kiosk mode lets you hide Settings section
10. Commercial editor lets you adjust the commercial indexes of all your recordings
11. Swipe controls and Context Menus have been added all over
12. Tons of other new options to make Channels a little more customizable

Learn more about all these new features at

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

unscrum ,

closed caption can be confusing

I bought the iOS and Apple TV versions and it works great but I am disappointed in the closed captioning. Initially I thought it was supported when muted only. My wife being deaf needs CC and I being hearing enjoy the audio. I finally figured out swipe down and then right to switch sap or CC. It would be nice to make this a more prominent feature or add an always on setting. Or simply follow the defaults on the device itself.

pagie2656 ,

Make it easier

I had some problems with the settings it will not let me get to the live TV so I need you to make that easier for me it won’t let me go anywhere else and then that keeps on saying front load speaker left and it’s getting kind annoying so I would like you to help me and make it easier for me because it’s very hard and it might be hard for other people I know I gave you five stars but they might give you four or three or something else but all I’m saying is just make it easier so everyone else can enjoy it thank you

Mr.Glock ,

Glad I found this.

So I have had HDHomerun for a few years now and recently the ipad version stopped working, I would get sound and no video. I tried contacting them several times and haven’t heard back from them. For what ever reason I did a search and this program came up. I downloaded it and instantly it worked. It’s laid out better than the HDHomerun software and so far hasn’t had any issues. I am now back to my cable cutting ways. Take that direct tv!


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