Apple today released tvOS 12.3, the seventh update to the tvOS 12 operating system for fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV models. The update includes the revamped TV app.
tvOS 12.3 is a free update that can be downloaded to fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV device by going to the device’s settings app and going to “System” -> “Software Update.” If you have automatic software updates enabled your Apple TV will be automatically upgraded to the new software version.
The overhauled TV app offers the usual “Watch Now” and “Up Next” features, but also offers a new machine learning recommendation system that suggests custom content based on your viewing history and preferences.
The new app’s interface has been streamlined and includes sections for movie, TV shows, sports, and more.
A new “Channels” feature offers subscription services that can be signed up for and viewed from within the TV app with no need to open another app. Apple (of course) gets a cut of the subscription revenue from participating services.
New Channels that will be supported include CBS All Access, Starz, Showtime, HBO, Nickelodeon, Cinemax, Sundance, EPIX, Smithsonian, and many more.
The TV app will be a big part of Apple’s upcoming TV+ subscription service, which will offer access to the Cupertino firm’s original TV shows and movies.
Apple has also released a new version 7.3 software package for third-generation Apple TV models.