Apple is set to release their new “TV” app alongside the upcoming releases of iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1. The app allows users to search and view much of their TV and movie content from across a number of apps, offering a central location for entertainment.
Currently the app is gradually going live with beta users of iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 in the U.S. The app works alongside a new “Single Sign-On” feature that allows pay TV subscribers to access various subscription services by authenticating their account once, allowing them to skip the multiple logins required by individual apps in the past.
When Single Sign-On began going live earlier this month, support for the feature was limited to four TV providers, Dish Network, Sling TV, and small regional providers GVTC Communications and Hotwire. While more providers are on the way, the beta has been limited to customers of those four, a relatively tiny number of users.
This week more users will be able to join the fun, as major satellite provider DirecTV has made the list of providers. The addition of the AT&T-owned satellite provider means 20 million U.S. subscribers can now use the TV app and Single Sign-on to access DirecTV content via their iOS device or Apple TV. If that’s how they roll, that is.
Apple has announced the new TV app will be available to iOS and Apple TV users in December. That indicates iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1, which are both currently in beta testing, will be released sometime during that month.