Play current channel while on grid


@gregr I agree. There needs to be a way to release tuners. The current menu system works well for that. Although having a translucent guide with channel in the background would be cool, it kind of would be redundant with the favorites menu accessible with a swipe down. Especially for people using antennas, who are getting ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, and PBS. All of the channels fit nicely in the favorites menu, which is available while the current channel is playing. The guide is only useful for planning future programming.


I would love to see this. It’s the feature that I miss most having switched from Verizon Fios boxes to the HDHomeRun Prime with AppleTV. Other than that great app, hope to see this feature soon.



Would love to see this!


I’d like this feature too. Actually the was Directv Now does it is the guide gets superimposed over the currently viewed channel. You still get a full screen of guide but you can see the currently viewed channel (and audio) as well.


I read that tvOS 11 may include a PIP feature, which might make doing a guide/video combo a bit easier. Though I assume you would need to use the built-in video player in order to take advantage of it.

It’s a shame that hardware decoding is limited on the ATV to H.264 progressive, because having to decode most video in software is probably the main reason why there aren’t enough resources left to do other interesting things like a guide overlay, etc.


Any updates on this feature request?

I’m a new channels ATV user and would love to be able to to pull up the full epg grid while continuing to view the channel I’m watching.


I also want this feature. Does not seem to be a difficult ask, the favorites are shown by sliding down and the stream continues unless you choose a new channel. .


slightly transparent guide with audio +1


agree. essentially any option to browse the epg grid (and select a new channel to change) while the current channel still playing.

same behavior as swiping down and showing the favorite channels, except showing he guide grid and allowing the user to select which channel to change.

Feature Request - PIP & Background Audio Stream

Another vote for this feature (on Android TV however)…

After dumping cable boxes which had a PIP/audio stream, and going to the Channels app, my wife immediately called out that she much preferred having the audio stream continue playing. She found it jarring to have audio and then go to none (especially if she had fallen asleep and I was still watching TV, the abrupt volume change would wake her up, whereas a constant volume didn’t disturb).

I also prefer at minimum the audio feed as then you can “monitor” whats going on in the current channel and decide whether you really want to change or not when surfing.


Please implement this feature. This is huge!!! +1


Just curious for some that have posed this new feature question. Are we talking the ability to keep playing the current channel while viewing the guide (which is what I vote for), or are we talking the ability to see the content of the channel that is currently highlighted in the guide?

What I think would be cool, is if the playing channel continues without leaving the current screen and some action (I am sure this might be one of the challenges) brings up the guide. The action that brings up the guide either minimizes the playing video or superimposes (I don’t think I would be a fan of this option) on top of the playing video with translucent guide (hard to see but kinda cool), or the video you are watching shrinking down to size in one (less viewed) corner of the guide.


I think if we can at least get sound playing in the background to start many would be very very happy. I am coming from Nvidia Shield and the built in google channels app keeps the channel playing while you view the guide. When the sound cuts off while viewing the guide in channels it is very jarring.


Just wanted to bump this thread up and see if there was any progress in getting a transparent guide that would overlay live tv?