Apple Reveals Redesigned Apple TV App With 'Apple TV Channels' Subscription Feature

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    Apple today revealed an all-new and redesigned Apple TV app and a new "Apple TV Channels" feature. The new app is an updated version of the existing TV app, which brings together shows, movies, sports, news, and more in one hub, available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and later this year on Mac and smart TVs.

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    The new TV app has a new "For You" section that recommends TV shows just for you, based on what you watch. The app will offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, like Hulu, Amazon Prime, DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, and more.

    Apple TV Channels represent new subscription services that you can sign up for in the TV app, paying only for those that you want. These include CBS All Access, Starz, Showtime, HBO, Nickelodeon, Mubi, The History Channel Vault, Comedy Central Now, and more.

    Users will be able to subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte within the TV app and then watch them there, without having to jump between apps, sign into a new account, or enter another password.

    The Apple TV app will also be available on the Mac this fall, and on select smart TVs like Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. It'll also be available on Roku and Amazon devices.

    The redesigned Apple TV app will launch on iPad, iPhone, and Apple TV in May.

    Article Link: Apple Reveals Redesigned Apple TV App With 'Apple TV Channels' Subscription Feature
     
  2. nikster0029 macrumors 6502

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    Wow what kind of channel options are those? Big cable companies are really preventing Apple from progress.
     
  3. willzyx macrumors regular

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    Apart from HBO, Starz and Showtime, this is a pathetic channel line up. Not switching from my YouTube TV any time soon.
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    So how did YouTube, Sling, Hulu and many others do it?
     
  4. haydn! macrumors 6502a

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    The move towards being pre-installed on TVs makes so much sense. But will probably signal the end of the Apple TV hardware in 2-3 years.
     
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    It’s basically a copy of Amazon Channels
     
  7. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

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    I been saying this. But the Apple crowd doesn’t like when you say Amazon or Android. lol
     
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    I saw Vue and Directv being mentioned. Does this mean we’ll be able to watch their streams directly in the TV app without having to switch?
     
  11. redbill2 macrumors newbie

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    so, its basically just an App that does what every other Streaming device (Roku, Fire, Playstation, Xbox, and even Apple) has been doing for 5 years?
     
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    Is it that subtle that they made a deal with Roku?
     
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    Hulu is entirely owned by the companies who also own most of the TV channels that make up its live service (Disney/Fox 60% - Comcast 30% - AT&T 10%).

    DirecTV NOW is owned by AT&T, which recently acquired WarnerMedia, which controls channels like TBS, TNT, HBO, and CNN.

    Not sure about Sling or YouTube, but Sling was practically first-to-market with its service, so I'm sure that gave them an advantage. It will be interesting to see if any channels are dropped from Sling or YouTube TV as contracts expire.
     
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    The big news to me is that they are coming to smart TVs. I have an LG, and there are a few apps I wish WebOS had so I could avoid having secondary boxes just to use the services I choose (and the extra sets of controllers needed). Here’s looking at you NBC Sports.
     
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    If it does not have "profiles", the new TV app will be as useless as the old one was for families with multiple users.
     
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    That's my question, too. I hope so.

    They aren't offering channels a la carte, either; companies like YouTube and DirecTV now are offering a pretty much standard cable bundle, which pays networks for whole groups of channels. You can't get ESPN without paying for three different Disney channels, etc. Apple could provide a bundle like that, but they've been trying for year to 'change TV' by moving to a subscription model that will allow people to pay only for the channels they use, but the major players are unwilling to give up the negotiating advantage they get by bundling must-have channels with who-cares channels.
     
  17. spitcoff macrumors member

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    Cable killer if you have access to truly choose the stations you want. If it’s just the ones you can already subscribe to then yawn.
     
  18. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Apple TV really needs individual user profiles. My “up next” is over crowded with my daughter’s shows.
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    It really isn’t the cable companies. It’s the studios themselves.
     
  19. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    Why couldn't they just offer a limited supply of movies & TV shows from the iTunes Store each month, and charge $9.99 for it?
     
  20. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    The only way to “kill cable” is to follow Netflix...... Original Content.
     
  21. TrenttonY macrumors 6502a

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    I want them to include a proper "To Watch" and "Watched" list.
     
  22. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    Agreed.
     
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    Never without buying a bundle with half a dozen ESPN channels, FX, History, ABC News and National Geographic.
     
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    Complain to the content providers. Nothing any other service can do except offer what the content providers agree to. Unless it is Apple created stuff, that is the only choice.

    Same story as always.
     
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