ESPN, ABC News apps to end third-generation Apple TV support in October

The ESPN and ABC News apps will stop supporting the third-generation Apple TV beginning in early October, according to a message shown within the apps.

Starting Oct. 4, 2021, the Disney-owned ESPN and ABC News apps will no longer be available on the older Apple TV set-top boxes. An in-app message directs users to continue using the apps on Apple TV 4K, iPhone, or iPad, or via AirPlay.

According to Appleosophy, some features of the apps are already losing support. The live-streaming feature in the ABC News apps, for example, appears to have gone offline as of Thursday morning. Users can still watch on-demand content or video clips, however.

Streaming services are continuing to cut off support to the third-generation Apple TV, which was first released in 2012. CBS All Access discontinued service in March, while YouTube stopped supporting it later in 2021. Fox Now has also ended support.

However, it’s still possible to view some modern streaming services using the third-generation Apple TV. Paramount+, which replaced CBS All Access, is still available to view on the model through Apple TV Channels.

Apple does not support the third-generation Apple TV with tvOS updates including new features since it was updated for the Apple TV+ service, but it does occasionally issue updates incorporating security and bug fixes.

Apple News teams with ABC News for 2020 presidential election coverage

Apple News and ABC News will collaborate to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the key events of the 2020 presidential election, available in the Apple News app.

Beginning with the Democratic primary debate on February 7, 2020 in New Hampshire, Apple News will feature ABC News videos and live-streaming coverage, as well as FiveThirtyEight polling data, infographics and analysis during key moments in the 2020 election. ABC News, Apple News and WMUR-TV will partner for the February debate, the first to be held after primary voting begins.

The ABC News-Apple News collaboration will extend through Super Tuesday, the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the general election debates, election night and the 2021 presidential inauguration.

“Access to quality news and trusted information is always important, and never more so than in an election year,” said Lauren Kern, editor-in-chief of Apple News. “We’re proud to partner with ABC News to present the millions of people who use Apple News each day with dynamic live coverage and responsible analysis during the major news moments of the 2020 election.”

“This election is one of the most consequential in modern history, and this unprecedented partnership with Apple News will deliver our world-class political journalism to more people than ever before,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News. “It will enable millions more people to have a deeper understanding of the key issues, candidates and events by providing straightforward information, insight and context during the entire 2020 cycle — reaching our audience anywhere and anytime they want breaking and in-depth news.”

ABC News won four Edward R. Murrow Awards this year, including overall excellence in television, and hosted the most watched debate of the 2020 presidential cycle so far in September 2019, drawing 12.9 million viewers on ABC, and delivering 11 million online video views. FiveThirtyEight is a leading source for statistical analysis, data visualization and data-literate reporting on politics and the election, including trackers on the latest polling, candidate endorsements and fundraising.