Get Ready for the New Haystack TV App on Apple TV

We're excited to announce the new and improved Haystack TV app (version 2.0) is now live on your Apple TV App Store (thanks Apple for featuring us)! With the update, you will be able to share videos to Facebook straight from your TV.

Facebook sharing

Here are some other new features to explore:

Get a more personalized newscast with the ability to mute topics and sources you don't want to see.


Stay informed with featured breaking news stories, hand picked by our editors.


More advanced settings including the option to turn HD on or off depending on your internet bandwith.

advanced settings

Apple TV is a platform we really believe in, and we're pretty proud of this new release. We hope you'll enjoy the improvements and as always, feel free to send us feedback anytime.

Super Tuesday Is Here!

Today is Super Tuesday, arguably one of the most important days of this primary season and a key turning point in the 2016 race. Citizens from 12 states and one territory are heading to the polls today to vote for the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. You can tune into all of the coverage on Haystack TV's Election 2016 channel on our apps and on our website. We'll have updates throughout the day!

Meanwhile, here's a quick look at who is still in the race.

who is running

Introducing Our New 'Election 2016' Channel

With tonight's GOP debate, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to our brand new 'Election 2016' channel. No time to watch the debate live? Head to our new channel to catch up on highlights from the night and get pre and post debate coverage.

We created the channel to give you a one-stop solution to watch news about candidates from both parties, and get coverage on primaries and conventions leading up to next November. You will also have news from a variety of sources at your fingertips! This feature is now live on iPhone, iPad and Android. Just make sure to get the most updated version of Haystack TV for iOS or Android. Give it a try and email us to let us know what you think!

Election Channel on iPhone
Election Channel on iPhone
Election Channel on Android
Election Channel on Android

Haystack TV Now Available on the New Apple TV

“We believe the future of TV is apps,” said Apple’s Tim Cook. May we take it a step further and say that apps might just hold the future of TV news? Again and again, we’ve heard people say they want to find an easy way to watch the news on TV without having to pay huge cable bills. So when Apple unveiled a new Apple TV that supports third-party app developers, we got started on getting Haystack TV ready for the platform right away. We already supported Airplay on our iPhone and iPad apps, so it made a lot of sense to take it a step further and build a native Apple TV app.

While designing for the new tvOS platform, we wanted to make sure we stayed true to our lean-back philosophy. That is, allowing you to simply switch on the TV and watch the stories that matter to you without having to do extra work. When you launch Haystack TV on your new Apple TV, your ‘headlines’ channel will start playing continuously with a video lineup that’s tailored to your specific interests. As usual, you can further personalize your newscast by adding favorite topics and sources.

So what makes Haystack TV unique? We believe it’s our dedication to creating unique newscasts for each user. Our personalization technology adapts to your tastes and gets smarter as you watch the news. We also let you browse other news channels without having to interrupt video playback. We understand the importance of being able to multitask. So here it is! Check out these screenshots from our new app. To download the app, just search for “Haystack TV” on the Apple TV App Store. Email us at to let us know what you think.

Haystack TV onboarding page

Haystack TV tvOS app

iOS 9 Update: New features for your Haystack TV app

Happy Friday, everyone! We're wrapping up another busy week at Haystack TV, as we prepped for our new iOS 9 features to go live. If you already have the iOS 9 update, here are some cool things you can now do with your Haystack TV app.


We're super excited about this new feature. This iPad-only multitasking tool allows you to keep Haystack TV playing while doing something else on your tablet. Feel free to watch your headline news channel while browsing social media, checking your email or even searching the web for more background information on a news topic you're interested in. Want to learn more? The Streaming Media Blog did a great feature about us and how 'picture-in-picture' works.

Haystack TV Picture-in-Picture

Spotlight Search

Searching for news videos in Haystack TV is now easier than ever with spotlight search. On your iPhone home screen, swipe down to get to spotlight search, and type in the topic you're interested in. Your phone will automatically search for matching videos within our app.

Haystack TV Spotlight Search
Spotlight Search

Finally, let's talk about the new support for universal links. When you open links from our website on your mobile device, you will now get directed straight to our app. Watching and sharing videos from Haystack TV is going to be easier and more streamlined!

Give these new features a try, and let us know what you think.