DirecTV Now Supports Single Sign-on for Upcoming 'TV' App on iOS and Apple TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's upcoming iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 updates will bring a new "TV" app where users will be able to view much of their TV and movie content from across various apps, all centrally located to make it easy to pick up where you left off and receive recommendations on additional content.

    The new TV app has been gradually going live on both platforms for U.S. users during the beta testing period, and it works hand-in-hand with a "Single Sign-on" feature that will let subscribers to certain pay TV services authenticate their accounts once on a systemwide basis and receive access to content across all supported apps for which they are eligible.

    When the early beta of Single Sign-on began going live earlier this month, there were four supported TV providers, with Dish Network and its Sling TV subsidiary being the most recognizable while small regional services GVTC Communications and Hotwire rounded out the list.

    Full support for Single Sign-on will require apps to be updated to recognize the systemwide authentication, but the provider listings have offered a glimpse at which providers are currently on board with the feature.

    As of this week, another major provider has joined the Single Sign-on program, with AT&T's DirecTV now appearing in the TV Provider list for authentication. The addition of DirectTV's 20 million U.S. subscribers makes it the biggest provider to support the feature so far, displacing Dish Network and Sling TV.


    The addition of DirecTV isn't necessarily a surprise, as Apple had touted "DirecTV, Dish Network, and more" in its press release announcing the new TV app last month, but it's apparently taken DirecTV a few extra weeks to prepare. Still notably absent are the major U.S. cable companies such as Comcast and Charter/Time Warner, and there's no word on if or when those companies will be coming on board.

    Apple has announced that the new TV app will become available to the public in December, indicating the company intends to release iOS 10.2 and tvOS 10.1 within that timeframe.

    Article Link: DirecTV Now Supports Single Sign-on for Upcoming 'TV' App on iOS and Apple TV
  2. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Confusing title. I read "DirecTV Now" supports single sign on. Naturally I was excited because the service still yet hasn't yet launched. Still waiting for the real news about DirecTV Now...
  3. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    Why isn't there a change log forum for the AppleTV? There's one for every other device.
  4. pietrov macrumors regular


    Dec 9, 2011
    Hoping that it will provide support for iptv app support soon... :cool:
  5. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Can confirm that I was able to sign on with my directv credentials. But it doesn't seem to show any apps connected to directv under find my apps section at this point.
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    Same here. Maybe it should be re-worded better. I was able to use my regular directv credentials no problem.

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  6. b1wils1 macrumors regular


    Dec 27, 2006
    Awesome news. Also nice because I'd rather move towards using the AppleTV more, as I'm not wild about the DIRECTV user interface.
  7. ziggie216 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2008
    Wondering whats the chance of PS Vue would be included in this TV
  8. seanbperiod macrumors member

    Dec 23, 2009
  9. lsutigerfan1976 macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Not sure if it is working yet. Course they just launched it. I tried downloading some tv apps to see if it works as advertised. And those apps still prompt to go online to sign in to my provider. Guessing they all need to be updated to recognize the single sign on feature still.
  10. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2013
    I think hell will freeze over before Comcast is on that list. They don't seem too thrilled about Apple's plans.
  11. ThatGuyInLa macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2012
    Glendale, Ca.
    Yeah cool. All this support so Apple can give up and cancel ATV and bow out to the wildly more supported and popular Roku. RIP...Cinema Display, Airport, and MacPro. Yeah that's right, I'm calling it. ATV will last a bit longer as it's kind of in the iOS family, but not enough to let it live.
  12. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Still can't believe Airport though. The biggest mouth-gaper on that list..... go figure.
  13. benjitek macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2012
    It also appeared in the previous beta, not new to the latest beta. It doesn't really do anything yet, they're just getting it ready.
  14. 1applerules1 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2015
  15. ConnYoungy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2010
  16. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    It's a shame they weren't selling so well. Many bought them as antiques.. I guess Apple thought updates weren't needed.
  17. Lankyman, Nov 22, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2016

    Lankyman macrumors 68000

    May 14, 2011
    I totally agree. I'm no longer sure why Apple sell the product outside of the U.S. as it's clearly only receiving any real development in that country. TBH, apart from accessing some movies I purchased from iTunes and an odd bit of AirPlay now and again from my Mac it's become something of a paper weight in our home.

    I have started purchasing media from Google to use with Chromecast - a far better option in the UK and Europe.
  18. oldoneeye macrumors member


    Sep 23, 2014
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
  19. CaryMacGuy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 2, 2006
    Morrisville, NC
  20. Good User Name macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    I can't help but feel that they've got this thing all backwards. The TV app is acting like a new home screen and tracking what's immediately at hand for viewing and doing. Why not make an "Apps app" that makes a folder of all the apps and leave the functions of this new TV app to the actual home screen?
  21. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    Because it'd be depressing and lonely...
  22. Rob_2811 macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2016
    United Kingdom
    "The future of TV is stuff that will never work outside the US™"
  23. BuffaloTF macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2008
    Any chance you also have AT&T for cell service? I'm a bit worried about the shaded text that says "AT&T User ID"... I'm in the boat of 'there's no chance in hell I'm combining these accounts' as I don't want to lose my respective discounts.
  24. Rocketman macrumors 603


    Charter Spectrum advertises a lot. I wonder if they will go.
  25. Boghog macrumors member

    May 7, 2007
    Slightly confused: "Library lets you watch all the content that you own." Does that mean we get access to our iTunes home-sharing content?

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