How to Get Free Video Content For Your Apple TV 3 Without A Jailbreak

Apple TV is a great device if you’re part of the Apple ecosystem. The problem is, it doesn’t come fully loaded with apps like the Roku or Boxee Box. You can buy or stream content via your iTunes account, subscribe to Netflix, Hulu Plus, MLB.TV, NHL, or NBA, or use a few other included apps, but that pales in comparison with the competition. There are jailbreaks for previous Apple TV models to provide more content, but the 3rd generation has none as of yet, and owners have to rely on other resources.

You can choose the ‘Computers’ icon and view everything in shared iTunes accounts from a Mac or PC. You can also use AirParrot to enable desktop mirroring from your Mac or PC or app mirroring from your Mac. This costs $10, but it’s a one time charge and will let you stream video from sites like Hulu.

If you have any iDevice, you can tap into some new content by using the AirPlay feature. I’ve come across a few apps that are configured for it. Note: Any network shown on Hulu Plus, which is an Apple TV app, will not be configured for AirPlay, so NO NBC, ABC or affiliates like Disney. It also doesn’t allow HBO Go or Amazon Instant Video.

TV & Movie Apps Screenshot on iPad 3

Some AirPlay Configured Apps

  • Bravo
  • BBC (Video & Live Radio)
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNET
  • CNN (Live)
  • Crackle
  • CW
  • Discovery
  • ESPN
  • Food Network
  • PBS
  • Smithsonian
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • Today
  • VEVO

iMedia Share

iMedia Share Lite is configured for DLNA products, and AirPlay. The following channels can be found, with more channels added to the full version.

  • (German)
  • HD
  • Animal Planet
  • Audi tv (both English and German)
  • (German)
  • CBS News
  • CNBC
  • cnet
  • CNN
  • content one (German)
  • DW (Deutsche Welle in English and German)
  • Daily Motion (International)
  • Discovery Channel
  • Driving Sports HD
  • euronews
  • Facebook
  • France 24
  • funny or DIE
  • Harvard Business Publishing
  • Motorz
  • NASA
  • The New York Times
  • PR Newswire
  • Picasa
  • SD (German)
  • Reuters
  • Revision 3
  • Spiegel Online (German)
  • Showtime (Clips)
  • TED SD
  • twit
  • Onion News Network
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Video Bash
  • Vimeo
  • The White House – Washington
  • YDN Design Guide
  • YouTube

The Boxee app adds mostly YouTube and Vimeo content, but there are some others.

AirPlay on iPad 3


So here’s the BONUS! If you double click on the home button of an iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad using iOS 5 and greater, and swipe left to right, you’ll find an AirPlay button next to the audio control buttons once the Apple TV is set up. Tap the AirPlay button to display your device plus Apple TV. Choose the latter to reveal a Mirroring option. Turn it on to display your device’s screen. It will mirror what ever you display, though there is about a second lag time. This will enable you to Watch ABC, NBC, Disney, etc. PLUS play games like Angry Birds, Asphalt 7, Fruit Ninja, Temple Run, or Infinity Blade II on your big screen.

At least there are some options out there to get more free content on your Apple TV 3 without a jailbreak in the near future. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comment section below.


5 Responses to “How to Get Free Video Content For Your Apple TV 3 Without A Jailbreak”

  1. So AirParrot is the same as having plain ol’ ATV. You get the same content especially if you have a subscription to HULU+ or to Netflix. I have those 2, so paying another $10 for AirParrot would not make sense. iMediaShare gives you access to Podcasts, NOT ‘Live’ TV. I can get podcasts with ATV via YouTube. In addition, iMediaShare prompts you to enter a code every single time you select a different app (Channel.) I’m not that impressed.
    To resume; there is NO way to get FREE live TV with ATV. You MUST be a subscriber to a cable service and that defeats the whole purpose of a box-top device.

    • shutterbuggeek Says:

      Michael, thanks so much for your comment! This particular post is how to get content on your ATV 3 since there is no jailbreak possibility at the moment. Jailbreaking allows you to get more apps on your ATV allowing you to watch content on a larger screen. For those who have cut the cable cord, a solution to watch free LIVE TV would be to get an antenna, but that would be ANOTHER post. This post is basically about how to get apps to watch video on-demand via an ATV 3.

      • Thanks Shutterbuggeek.
        I believe that if one has had ATT U-Verse but cut the cord (cancelled one’s subscription) one can hook up an RF transmitter to the existing coax cable, then a receiver by the TV plugged in via an HDMI cable and receive all local channels in addition to the advantages of having ATV 3.
        Voila. Keep up the good posting. Im’ here reading…

  2. can you watch espn live without having a cable subscription?

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