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Service Now Available on Apple TV

Ryan Michael Downey        Story updated 1/21/2015

Tennis Channel EverywhereTennis fans finally have a chance to get loads of content without first paying for digital cable and adding a sports tier with Tennis Channel Plus. The Internet based service from cable channel The Tennis Channel costs $59.00 per year and is now available on the Apple TV. The Tennis Channel has the rights to numerous matches that are not shown during their linear TV coverage because there are so many high profile matches going on at any given time. This service will give fans more choices including (according to the network’s FAQ’s) up to 5 simultaneous live court play for the first 8 days from the French Open as well as live matches from the ATP, WTA, Davis, Fed and Hopman Cups throughout the year.

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The leader of the streaming video world by far is Netflix. With over 40 million subscribers worldwide and plans to expand its European reach the home of House of Cards seems like a fast rising star. The company recently said that it plans to step up the quality of its movie choices at the cost of some of its depth. The extra fees that the company is charging new users and Euro Zone users are going to help pay for the new media. But Amazon may be on the jolly red giant’s heels. The service is beginning to develop a compelling case.

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Pluto.tv, the Internet based service that provides customers with curated video content from the web, has added DVR capabilities that can be accessed as easily as clicking the guide itself.  In order to use the service you must be signed in to an existing Pluto.tv account. The service allows customers to sign in via a user name and password or by linking the account with a Facebook account.

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If you are a Roku owner who has not discovered the joy of private channels then you are missing out on a lot of fun and Roku interesting content. Did you know that some of Roku’s most popular channels began as private channels? Plex, which is consistently ranked as a top 10 Roku channel, began as a private channel and now is prominently offered as a suggested channel for new users. For a little more info on Plex click here. PBS is another hugely popular Roku channel which existed as a private channel until the network jumped on board officially. There are private channels for both video and audio Podcasts, 24 hour news channels, sports channels and more. Almost all of them are free and they offer content you can’t find in the official channel store.