Channels: Whole Home DVR 12+

Live TV & DVR on your devices

Fancy Bits, LLC

Designed for iPad

    • 4.7 • 455 Ratings
    • 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 5.8.2

• NEW: Recorded movies now have movie trailers
• NEW: Movies in your library will now be badged as such when viewed in On Later, search results, or from the Guide.
• NEW: Native speed test for tvOS and iOS for testing speeds from your client to your Channels DVR Server
• NEW: Upgraded Default audio driver supports AirPlay, AirPods, Spatial Audio, Atmos and HomePods
• IMPROVED: Consistently sort movies and collections in various views.
• IMPROVED: Performance with a large library
• IMPROVED: HLG HDR format now supported and will switch TV to HDR
• IMPROVED: Provide better error message when device runs out of disk space while watching Live TV
• IMPROVED: UI responsiveness when watching OTA Live TV in Europe
• IMPROVED: Video playback codec support
• IMPROVED: Handling of timeouts while streaming remotely
• FIXED: Virtual channels would not play the correct recording when the recordings were unmatched
• FIXED: Start Up sections were not presenting if the app exited while navigated deep into other sections.
• FIXED: Some corner badges were showing blank for shows
• FIXED: Library Collections under TV Shows were not being sorted Alphabetically
• FIXED: Some sort properties were wrong on Library Collections
• FIXED: Recorded movies were being sorted incorrectly when sorted by Date Released
• FIXED: Library Collection image URLs could be malformed after managing the collection on the client
• FIXED: Rare crasher when deleting recordings from the TV show view
• FIXED: Rare crasher when trashing all items of a TV show

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
455 Ratings

455 Ratings

nkawtg ,

Top in Class Developer

If all developers listened to their customers like they do, life would be a better place. They actively monitor and respond within minutes to every post put on their Community forums support pages. They listen to customer feedback and routinely implement feature requests from the community. I’ve been using their Channels app since back when it first came out and you had to pay for the app separately for each platform you intended to use it on. I can assure you, this is the best app in the Apple App Store.

Mark_S_NYC ,

Decent but disappointing

I purchased this application today for my Apple TV and my iOS devices. After a complicated setup that included addressing issues on my NAS drive and spending money for a subscription to the “plus" service, I learned that the main feature for which I undertook this effort, picture and picture (PIP) on Apple TV, does not work as at least I had expected - perhaps I misunderstood, but I don’t think it is clear.

When the application puts the source video into the PIP box, the video stops when another video application on the device starts playing video. THAT IS NOT PICTURE IN PICTURE. True Picture in Picture permits watching two video sources at once. For example, watching a game in the PIP box while watching a movie full screen. All you can do is navigate the device and run non-video apps (e.g., read email) while watching the video in the PIP box. I can do this already with my spectrum tv app on my iPad so what does Channels actually do for me that I couldn’t do already?

While I am disappointed, this application works as advertised by playing tv from my server to numerous devices.


Thanks for allowing Channels on the M1 Macs

I've been using Channels for years on the iPad and Apple TV and have been very happy with it. It works flawlessly.

I'm especially happy with the current version(s) that work equally well on the M1 MacBook Air. Unlike a lot of iPad software, either the app is prevented from running by the developer or is unsuited for real use because of screen scaling or some other issue. Not Channels, it just works.

Thanks for a great app.

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