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Apple revamps its TV app ahead of streaming service launch

14 May 2019

The all-new Apple TV app, which brings together all the ways to watch TV into one app, is available starting today in over 100 countries across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs. The latest update to its mobile operating system features a redesigned TV app, with the ability to subscribe to channels directly in the app.

The tech giant offered Deadline and other media outlets a preview of the service last week, emphasizing that executives would speak only on background and not about Apple TV+.

Additionally, through 'Family Sharing, ' up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using just their Apple ID and password. Also, there's a brand new iTunes library that gives users access to more than 100,000 movies and TV series.

Credit: Tom's GuideThe new software update includes Apple Channels, the á la carte subscription service that challenges Amazon Channels, and rolls existing content from the iTunes Store into Apple's TV app. Sadly we don't know when the Apple TV app will roll out on other devices.

This includes the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy, or rent. Netflix has said it will not be included in Apple's channels, which means programming on Netflix will appear in search results but viewers will need to exit the Apple TV app. While the presence of channels, iTunes content, and the forthcoming Apple TV+ are no surprise, what's missing is any reference to the other content now offered by the app on tvOS and iOS.

But more importantly, users will now be able to watch and download their shows and movies both online and offline, allowing them to watch their favourite programs anywhere and at any time.

Initially, the app will be available on Apple devices plus 2019 Samsung Electronics Co Ltd smart TVs and some 2018 models. This support is also coming to select LG, Sony, and VIZIO smart TVs later this year.

Apple revamps its TV app ahead of streaming service launch