Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 Update to the Public – Includes TV App, Single Sign-On

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 Update to the Public – Includes TV App, Single Sign-On

Apple has released the tvOS 10.1 update to the general public. Today’s release is the first major update to tvOS 10 since the fourth-generation Apple TV operating system’s release in September.

Apple Releases tvOS 10.2 Update to the Public - Includes TV App, Single Sign-On

Fourth-generation Apple TV users can download and install the update on their devices by going to “Settings” -> “System” -> “Software Update.” If you have automatic software updates turned on, your device should automatically upgrade itself to tvOS 10.1.

New features include a “TV” app, which acts as a TV guide that simplifies the viewing experience on the fourth-generation Apple TV, as well as iOS devices running iOS 10.2, which was also released today. The app helps television and movie viewers discover new content to watch on their devices.

In addition to the TV App, Apple has also debuted the much-anticipated Single Sign-on feature, which allows users of iOS devices to sign in once using their cable or satellite credentials, and view content in various apps offered by content suppliers. Single Sign-on is also available on iOS devices running iOS 10.2.

Single Sign-on is supported by the following apps:

  • ABC (iOS and tvOS)
  • A&E (iOS only)
  • Bravo Now (tvOS only)
  • Disney Channel (iOS and tvOS)
  • Disney Junior (iOS and tvOS)
  • Disney XD (iOS and tvOS)
  • E! Now (tvOS only)
  • Freeform (iOS)
  • FXNOW (tvOS)
  • Hallmark Channel Everywhere (iOS and tvOS)
  • History (iOS only)
  • Lifetime (iOS only)
  • NBC (tvOS only)
  • Syfy Now (tvOS only)
  • Telemundo Now (tvOS only)
  • USA NOW (tvOS only)
  • Watch HGTV (iOS and tvOS)
  • Watch Food Network (iOS and tvOS)
  • Watch Cooking Channel (iOS and tvOS)
  • Watch DIY (iOS and tvOS)
  • Watch Travel Channel (iOS and tvOS)

The following cable providers currently offer support for Single Sign-on:

  • CenturyLink Prism
  • DirecTV
  • Dish
  • GVTC
  • GTA
  • Hawaiian Telcom
  • Hotwire
  • MetroCast
  • Service Electric Cablevision
  • Sling TV

Single Sign-on can be activated and managed on iOS device in “Settings” -> “TV Provider,” and in “Settings” -> “Accounts” -> “TV Provider” on fourth-generation Apple TV devices. This feature is currently only available to users in the United States.

Apple maintains a regularly updated list of Single Sign-on providers on its support website.

Note: Apple has also released a version 8.4.2 update for third-generation Apple TV devices.

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