Apple TV adds HBO Go, WatchESPN and Sky News to its streaming channel line-up

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apple-tv-2012.jpgApple’s “hobby” product, the Apple TV, gets a significant update today, adding HBO GO, WatchESPN Sky News, Crunchyroll and Qello to its streaming line-up.

HBO Go offers subscribers unlimited access to top shows including Game of Thrones, while WatchESPN adds access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and ESPN Buzzer Beater/Goal Line to those who receive ESPN’s networks as part of their video subscription from affiliated providers.

Sky News offers 24/7 news coverage from Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, while Crunchyroll offers anime flicks and shows, with Qello providing concerts and music documentaries.

“HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

“We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store.”

HBO GO, Watch ESPN, SkyNews, Crunchyroll and Qello will require Apple TV software version 5.3 in order to work, available as a free software update for second and third generation Apple TV owners.

Gerald Lynch