The “Channels” Live TV app adds Picture in Picture support to iOS and Apple TV

The Live TV “Channels” app is available today with an update for Apple TV and iOS that offers much requested Picture in Picture support. After a good amount of work, the channels team was able to figure out how to deliver PiP without the need for transcoding or a DVR server.

The Channels App – not to be confused with Apple TV channels – it’s a great way to bring live TV to Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and more without the need for a traditional cable provider (but can also be used with traditional cable subscriptions).

For cable cutters, the Channels app works with tuners like the HomeRun HD to watch live TV on your Apple TV.

In a blog post today, the channels team shared that Picture in Picture is now available for Apple TV and iOS.

You asked for it … a lot. You expected it to be there already, and you were right. If you’ve been a Channel fan for a while, you may be familiar with the technical hurdles we had to overcome to get Picture in Picture to work. We didn’t give up, and now it’s here.

It looks like the channels have really done a thorough job in implementing PiP and should work with pretty much any content:

This means that PIP is now just working. It works without the need for transcoding, without tricks and without DVR server requirements. When you want PIP, select the button and you will enter PIP. Works with everything: HDHomeRun videos, TV Everywhere channels, recordings, etc.

This has been our # 1 request for years. We are thrilled to finally deliver it to you.

It’s enabled by default for the Channels app, but must be enabled on Apple TV if it isn’t already (enabled by default on iOS).

Apple TV has PIP turned off by default. You can enable it in Settings under the Playback option. Once done, you can use the PIP button located above the timeline.

iOS has PIP turned on by default. You can use the PIP button in the top right corner of the video player.

You can read more about PiP support for channels on Apple TV and iOS in this support document.

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