15 Best Apps to Watch Live TV on iPhone and Apple TV

Here are the best Apps to stream Live TV and watch TV Shows on Apple Devices namely iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Enjoy Catch-up Programs, Record shows and more.

Apple iOS is one of the most secure operating systems available for smartphones. The devices namely the iPhone and iPad are embedded with some high-level security patches and updated encryptions which helps protect the user data. The iPhone and iPad are heavily shielded to prevent the injection of any malicious or vulnerable code onto the device ecosystem.

One important feature which actually makes iOS devices have a very low potential to be attacked is the lack of 3rd party App installations that can be readily done on Android-based mobiles. So, today we will talk about some of the best Apps for iOS to Stream Live TV, Watch Programs, and enjoy catch-up content.

As it is impossible to install Apps from 3rd party source on iPhone without jailbreak. I will talk about some of the best apps available on the Apple App store to watch Live TV and Shows on your iOS devices. So, without much delay let us start.

Apps to Watch Live TV and TV Shows on Apple Devices

With the Applications listed below you can watch TV Channels, Stream Movies, record your favorite shows and enjoy the missed shows on all your Apple-based Devices like iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Here are the best Apps for Live TV on iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad to enjoy TV Shows and Catch Up Content.

1. HBO Now


Now is a standalone App for all the content by HBO Studios and Partners. You can have access to a large library of popular TV Shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Barry, etc. The App has a huge lineup of comedy shows, documentaries and movies which are regularly updated. Though the App offers its content at a quite high price, looking at the vast assortment of movies and TV shows it has, HBO Now is a very good option to go for.

HBO Now | $14.99/month

2. Hulu | Live TV


The Services of Hulu into Live TV started in 2017, prior to that it just use to host a series of TV Shows both old and new, movie and other infotainment programs. Now it works a hybrid of Sling TV and Netflix, offering both TV Shows as well as the Live TV to its users. The content and presentation of the App vary with the cost, low price will offer you content with Ads while a high package offers Live TV with no Ads. Hulu TV Pricing starts at $7.99  Though you may find the cost on a higher side I believe it’s worth a buy.

Hulu TV | $39.99/Month (With Live TV)

3. Sling TV

Sling TV

The Sling TV is a pretty decent Live TV Streaming Apps available in the market. The ease of customization, number of channels, and just OK pricing make it a favorable App for all iOS-based devices. Sling’s Orange package is $20 per month for 31 channels. It has a good mix of basic sports, news and entertainment Channels. The Blue package is $25 per month and consists of 45 channels. The Orange and Blue can be combined into one package for $40 a month.

Download Sling TV | $40-$45/Month

4. DirecTV Stream | Live TV

DirecTV by AT&T is quickly gaining a huge subscriber base. These internet TV App with 100+ channels actually streams Live TV. With TunerMedia under its hood, you can expect more and more TV Channels along with a mammoth collection of the vast media library.

The App itself has some issues and bugs which actually making it very unlikely with respect to User Experience but said that the DirecTV App hosts a powerful blend of entertainment, music, sports, news, and many more channels.

DirecTV | $35-$70/Month

5. Netflix

Netflix iPhone

You would be leaving in the stone age if you have not heard about Netflix. Netflix is the best place to binge-watch shows or watch movies and other highly rated programs. The service hosts most of the popular TV shows along with classics, animations, animes, movies, documentaries, and its own originals. Netflix may be called the epitome of online entertainment given its reach and the quality of content offered. If you are seriously looking for some high-quality TV Shows, Movies, Drama, and Info-dramas, I recommend you to go with Netflix.

Netflix | $7.99-$11.99

6. Pluto TV – Live TV and Movies

Pluto TV

If you’ve tried popular streaming and live TV apps and are looking for something new then try Pluto TV. Pluto TV is a live TV and movie streaming app that is available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. It has numerous live TV channels along with a wide range of movies.

From cult classics to family-friendly shows, Pluto TV has it all. Other genres that are available on the app are comedy, thriller, horror, action, etc. This free app also has 27 exclusive movie channels for movie lovers. Users can watch their favorite TV shows or rewatch old seasons because Pluto TV has the full seasons of these shows. They can stay up to date with what is happening in the world by watching live news on the app.

For sports enthusiasts, this app is a blessing as it also features sport-related content like live games, classic games, analysis. Pluto TV is completely free with no in-app purchases.

Download Pluto

7. TVPlayer | Play & Record

TVPlayer Plus

TV Player lets you watch over 60 Live TV channels on your iPhone, iPad, and AppleTV for free. The premium version of the App supports more demanded channels which can be accessed by paying some amount. Presently the App serves the UK market only but the team is working on expanding the network to the US, Canada, and other European counties. You can stream more live tv with catch-up and live recording features making it a well-crafted TV App for Apple devices.

Features of TVPlayer App:

  • Watch all the best UK channels in a single app
  • Free to download
  • Live and Catch Up TV
  • Record your favorite programs to watch at any time
  • Use your TVPlayer plus subscription on up to 5 devices at one time

TVPlayer | $9/Month

8. Hotstar


If you love Indian content then Hotstar by 21st Century Fox is the best choice. The App has a huge library of top Indian Dramas, Soap Operas, Movies and TV Shows making it a premium place of top-notch Indian content. As Hotstar has a number of international movies, it is launched in the USA and Canada by disseminating content library to avoid any infringement of digital rights. The App is presently available for Android in the USA and would soon be released for iOS and Apple TV but you can access it on the web by visiting us.hotstar.com. If you live in India then you should definitely go with Hotstar App.

Hotstar | $9.99/month

9. YouTube TV

YouTube TV

YT TV is an over-the-top content (OTT) streaming subscription service available in the United States.  It includes ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox, NBC, and other networks. The service offers Cloud DVR without DVR storage space limits. 6 YouTube TV accounts with individual login and DVR. The App offers more than 60 channels from the US which can be directly streamed on a phone or Apple TV without any cable box. You can access top content-providing networks on the TV App.

Sports – CBS RSN Channels, ESPN Network, FS, Golf Channel, MLB Network, NBA TV, NBCSN, NESN, Olympic Channel, Tennis Channel etc.

Entertainment – AMC, BBC America, Bravo, Comet, Decades, E!, Freeform, FX, FXM, FXX, IFC, MyNetwork TV, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, and many more.

News –  BBC News, Cheddar News, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, HLN, MSNBC.

Kids –  Cartoon Network, Disney, Universal Kids

YouTube TV | $35/month

10. Fubo TV | Live Sports

FuboTV is the best option to go for if you are a Sports Lover. The App primarily focuses on live sports. The TV is good for a sports fanatic but the channels are not limited to only sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and international soccer). The App has a bunch of other channels including news, network television series, and movies. The App is available on the App Store and can also be streamed on the web. The packages vary from basic to extra with added features and channels. A basic package can cost you $20 per month.

Fubo TV | 34.99/month

11. YuppTV – Live TV & Movies

YuppTV is a great platform to watch Indian Content like Live TV, Shows, and Movies. The App is available in many counties which include the USA, UK, Australia, Malaysia, Middle East, Canada, Singapore, etc. The App has all the popular channels ranging from Entertainment to Movies. Yupp TV hosts a number of live TV Channels which include national and regional Channels from India and are listed below.

Hindi: Star Plus, Colors TV, Sony TV, Zee TV, UTV Movies, Star Bharat, Set Max, Zee Cinema, SAB, MTunes

Telugu: Gemini TV, Star Maa TV, Zee Telugu, ETV, NTV, TV5, ABN, Star Maa Movies, Star Maa Gold, ETV Plus

Tamil: Sun TV, Star Vijay, Jaya TV, Kaliagnar TV, Raj TV, Sirippoli TV, Puhtiya Thalaimurai, Seithigal, Thanthi TV, Chithiram TV

Malayalam: Asianet, Surya TV, Kiran, Asianet Plus, Jai Hind, Mathruboomi, Asianet News, Reporter, Kaumudy TV, India Vision

Kannada: Zee Kannada, Asianet Suvarna, ETV Kannada, Raj Music Kannada, Suvarna News, Janashri news, News9, Sri Sankara Kannada

Punjabi: PTC Punjabi, Zee Punjabi, PTC Chakde, 9X Tashan, PTC News, Alpha ETC Punjabi

Marathi: Star Pravah, Zee Marathi, Saam, 9x Jhakaas, ETV Marathi, Zee 24 Taas

Bengali: Star Jalsha, Zee Bengali, ETV Bengali, Rupashi Bangla, Planet M, Dhoom Music, Sangeet Bangla, Newstime Bangla

YuppTV offers 7 days free trail following which it charges $6.99 for the first month and $3.99 per month thereafter.

YuppTV | $3.99/Month

12. JioTV

Jio TV is an Indian Live TV App with more than 400 Live Channels for Free. All you need is a Jio SIM Card and you will be automatically subscribed to Jio TV and watch the vast Indian Content for Free. This is one of the most downloaded Live TV app on Android. JioTv offers 400+ channels including 60+ HD channels spread across 10 genres and 15 languages.

It is one stop destination if you wish to watch Indian programming on your smartphone. You can access this App outside India just with a VPN with Indian Servers and a Jio ID and Password. If you have friends and relatives in India ask for there Jio ID and Passcode. Download the App and access to almost all the Indian TV Channels.

JioTV | Free

13. Channels Using Cydia

Channels is a free Live TV App for iPhone and iPad which you can install without Jailbreak. The App is free but it serves a video Ads each time you switch the Channels. The App hosts Channels like Cartoon Network, Nick, Discovery Network, Fox Network, Sky Sports, Disney, and other prominent Live TV Networks. You need to sideload the App on your iPhone using Cydia Impactor. I cannot guarantee the 100% working of the App but still, most of the channels worked well when I tested it.

How to Install Channels App on your iPhone?

  1. Download the Channels App File from below.
  2. Install the latest Cydia Impactor on your Computer.
  3. Locate the Channels file (.IPA).
  4. Open Cydia Impactor and let it will recognize your iOS device
  5. Click on the IPA and drag & drop it over to Impactor.
  6. Here enter your Apple ID and password.
  7. Now you just have to wait for Cydia Impactor to sideload the application on your iOS.

Cydia Impactor Apple ID

Channels App | Free

14. Airtel Xstream

Airtel Xstream is a live tv, movies, and entertainment app to watch live tv channels. You get channels across entertainment, infotainment, music, movies, lifestyle, kids, sports, and more. The app is available in 10+ languages across English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya, Bhojpuri, Gujarati, and Urdu. Airtel TV is a Live TV Cum Movies and TV Show App with dedicated sections for Live TV and Pictures.

Features of Airtel TV

  • Live TV and Movies from all Regional networks from India
  • 350+ live tv channels
  • Create your personal Watchlist and easily access your collection.
  • Multi-device Access, a single login for all your devices (up to 5)
  • Contest across genres: Comedy, Drama, Action, Thriller, Kids, Science, Trending Videos.
  • Pause Resume Features

Airtel Xstream | Restricted

15. Philo: Live and On-demand TV 

The Philo app is a great app for watching movies and TV shows. It is an impressive app available on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. The app has more than 60 different channels that have incredible content to keep you entertained. Users can access content from places like Animal Planet, BBC, AMC, Food Network, MTV, Nickelodeon, Vice, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, History, Investigation Discovery, Paramount, just to name a few! It features kid-friendly/family-friendly content too. Paw Patrol, Spongebob Squarepants, and Peppa Pig are sure to keep the kids entertained.

If you are still not impressed with this then let us tell you that Pluto TV also allows streaming on up to 3 devices at once! Users can create up to 10 profiles for a more personalized experience too! The only downside is that the app is not free. A seven-day free trial is offered to the customers, after which they must purchase the subscription, which costs $25 a month.

Download Philo | Paid

Conclusion: Entertainment is the basic need which though not has any global legislation, is a general human instinct. The Apps above are catered according to their content and demand making your free time more existing. You can either directly download them on your iPhone or iPad in case if you love watching shows on the big screen then you can go for Apple TV. The choice is yours.

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Nikhil Azza
Nikhil is a Tech Blogger who sometimes loves to write real-life lore. He has been writing content for the past 8 years, with over 1K+ articles written on Android, Mac, iOS, Social Media, Cloud Storage, Software, and General Tech. Know More

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