9Now can now be viewed through Apple TV
Owners of the fourth generation Apple TV can now access 9Now programming, but even if you’ve got an older Apple TV, you’ll still be able to watch.
When Apple launched the 4th Generation Apple TV, it did so with only a handful of local channels on board, primarily via porting across the older 2/3rd generation experiences into the newer 4th Generation UI. As time has passed, new channels have appeared, generally only available on the newer Apple TV box.
Channel 9 is the latest media provider to jump on board the Apple TV bandwagon, announcing that its 9NOW service, which offers live streams from Channel 9, 9Go!, 9Gem and 9Life as well as catchup content from Channel 9 programming, is available for the fourth generation Apple TV.
If you’ve got one of Apple’s newest model Apple TV set top boxes, the relevant app can be downloaded from the App store available from within the Apple TV interface. Bear in mind that 9Now has no quota-free deals with any ISP, so any watching will count towards your broadband quotas. 9Now streams live programming that Channel 9 holds the rights to, but that doesn’t include everything; most notably sporting events such as State Of Origin aren’t included.
What if I’ve got an older Apple TV?
Apple isn’t particularly interested in backwards porting apps to the older Apple TV devices, but here you should be good to go as long as you’ve got an iOS device of some other type, such as an iPhone or iPad. Alongside the launch of the app, Channel 9 is also making 9Now content accessed on iOS devices Airplay compatible.
As such (while we haven’t had the chance to test this just yet) there’s no specific reason that you shouldn’t be able to stream 9Now content from an iPhone to an Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network via AirPlay.
What about 9Now on other devices?
9Now is already available for Android and iOS devices, Telstra TV as well as via the Web. Channel 9 indicated in a release that it intends to offer 9Now services for "Chromecast, Smart TVs, PlayStation, Xbox and Fetch TV in the near future".