CBS News app arrives on Apple TV with live streaming, Siri search

While most TV networks have yet to launch an Apple TV app offering full access to live content without an additional cable subscription, CBS is at least making its news freely available. The network has just rolled out a new CBS News app for the latest Apple TV model, available now on the App Store. With the app, users can live stream news content from the network, as well as watch playlists on specific topics and on-demand video.

CBS says the new app has been designed specifically for the Apple TV, with its latest features in mind. Along with 24-hour availability of the CBSN service, the app will automatically curate news stories and create video playlists based on what a user has previously watched.

CBS News also takes advantage of the Apple TV's Siri functionality, will full support for voice searches. Users can launch the app from the set-top-box's home menu by saying "watch CBS News," as well as search by subject or keyword within the app with the Siri Remote's microphone.

When using the app, users can choose to browse other content and bookmark on-demand videos for later watching while the live streaming content plays in the upper-left corner of the screen.

CBS notes it's launching the new app just in time for the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, with coverage starting July 18th. The news service will be offering several exclusive video feeds, with coverage from within the conventions, as well as analysis from Washington D.C. and New York.

As the CBS News app doesn't require any subscription or cable authentication, it relies on ad-supported content. Sponsored advertisements are displayed occasionally during live news feeds, and in-between on-demand videos.