Disney Joins the Apple TV Lineup

Apple TV Plugs In Watch Disney, Watch Disney XD, As Well as The Weather Channel, The Smithsonian Channel, and Vevo

The Apple TV streaming box warmed up to the pay TV industry a bit more Tuesday with the launch of authenticated plug-ins for Watch Disney and Watch Disney XD.

Those plug-ins provide access to the live feeds, as well as a menu of on-demand fare from each network. Disney confirmed that the following MVPDs have deals to support Watch Disney and Watch Disney XD: Comcast, Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications, Charter Communications, Midcontinent Communications, AT&T U-verse TV and Verizon Communications FiOS. 

Disney is also expected to bring Watch Disney Junior to Apple TV, but hasn’t revealed a launch date. The Watch ESPN app debuted on the Apple TV in June. Disney has already launched Watch-branded TV Everywhere apps for iOS-powered, iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

Also joining the Apple TV lineup this week is The Smithsonian Channel (on-demand clips), Vevo (75,000 music videos) and The Weather Channel. According to AllThingsD, The Weather Channel Apple TV plug-in offers on-demand clips, but is also preparing to extend a live feed  of the linear channel in some instances, such as when a storm with national interest hits.