The new Apple TV app is now available in more than 100 countries via Apple devices and select Samsung smart TVs. The new app aims to become a single source for video content, by aggregating multiple channels and video apps into one experience.
Customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels with the Apple TV app via the free iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software update. In the U.S., Apple TV channels include HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time. Apple’s own SVOD service, Apple TV+ which features original content, will launch later this year and also be featured on the app.
Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password. Subscribers can watch and download shows and movies both online and offline.
In the press release, Apple added that app users can receive personalized recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including what the company calls the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy or rent.
The app includes a Watch Now section, featuring Up Next, where users can find and watch their favorites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore curated collections based on an understanding of users’ viewing interests.
The Apple TV app features a new, dedicated kids section, highlighting editorially handpicked shows and movies for kids of all ages, as well as a Sports section that makes it easy to find games and receive notifications about favorite teams and leagues. Additionally, customers can find their purchased movies and shows from iTunes in the redesigned Library tab.
Also starting today, customers with AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TVs can play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their smart TVs. Customers must update to iOS 12.3 or macOS 10.14.5 to play or mirror to AirPlay 2-enabled smart TVs.
Customers with certain VIZIO, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.