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Announcing Art Channel: the Future is Now

We are pleased to announce The Art Channel for Apple’s new Apple TV. We hinted at this announcement last week in our blog post “The Future is next week.” Well, the future is now.

Art Channel, which can be downloaded for free from the new Apple TV app store, will present shows utilizing Art Authority’s database of over 100,000 paintings and sculptures by 1500 western artists. The first Art Channel show is, literally, The Best Ever, a hand-selected set of top paintings from the past 600 years. These all-time classics on an HDTV hanging on your wall literally have to be seen to be believed. A picture is worth way more than a thousand words in this case, but here are a couple anyway:

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Apple says the future of TV is apps. We certainly agree. One of the great things about the Art Channel being an app is that, not only will we be adding shows to it in the future, but we’ll also be adding features. So look for some of the technologies pioneered by the Art Authority apps, like Art Real Size and Art Like This, to be available through the Art Channel as well.

Speaking of the future, the current one was not only envisioned long ago by Back to the Future, the movie, but also by us here at Open Door Networks (Art Authority’s parent company). In 2004 we shipped an application (they weren’t called “apps” back then) for the Macintosh that let the Mac display, among other things, full-screen works of art. And we specifically suggested hanging one of Apple’s new-fangled flat-screen iMacs on your wall for the best experience. The name of that Macintosh application? Envision.

While we’re looking to the past, we are also very proud of the fact that we are now 4-for-4 in App Store openings, having shipped a day-one app for the iPhone (July 10, 2008), iPad (April 3, 2010), Mac (January 6, 2011) and now the Apple TV (October 29, 2015). We can only hope the Apple TV app works out as well as these others have. We’re excited that it will!


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  9. Paola Florero on January 13, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I would like to see the tittle of the painting and the artist’s name but I am unable. I would really appreciate this information on the app.

    • Paola Florero on January 13, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I found it, yay.

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  11. Jacques Lassonde on April 23, 2020 at 7:42 am

    I bought your app with my AppleTV, 1,39$ per month. After 1 week try, I should have now many paintings, much more what I actually have (about 250 presently).
    I am in the second week, Trial time finished, and I still wait every day to see more artists and paintings, but this does not occur.
    Is it possible to enjoy all your app with thousand paintings soon ?
    Thank you for responding

    PS my trial time finished on April 21.

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