New Sports Section Goes Live in Apple's TV App in iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2

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Apple this morning launched a new Sports section in its TV app, which appears to be available on devices running iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2. Sports can be accessed through the new dedicated Sports tab at the bottom of the app, located next to the "Watch Now" button.

First announced in September, the TV app's Sports section is designed to allow users to watch live sports games through integration with ESPN. Right now, ESPN appears to be the only app offering content through the TV app's Sports category, but additional Sports-oriented apps could offer support in the future.


Right now, since it's basketball season and there are several basketball games this afternoon, the TV app focuses heavily on basketball content. There are links to NBA games, men's college basketball, and women's college basketball, along with re-aired content and separate browsing sections for football and rugby.

Apple plans to change the focus of the app regularly to highlight relevant sports games that are upcoming, so when there are football games on, football will be more heavily prominent.

In a "Favorites" section of the app, there's an option to pick all of your favorite MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and other teams, which will tailor the content displayed in the app to your interests. The TV app will also send out notifications when important games you're interested in are airing, and those notification options can be customized in the Notifications section of the Settings app. You can also choose whether or not to display live sports scores in the TV section of the Settings app.


Beta testers who are running iOS 11.2 or tvOS 11.2 should be able to access the new Sports portion of the TV app starting today.

Article Link: New Sports Section Goes Live in Apple's TV App in iOS 11.2 and tvOS 11.2
 

miniroll32

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Am I correct in thinking that the TV app is only available in the U.S? Or have I done something wrong...
 

doomfront

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So how does this work, do I still need a cable provider to stream the games? I don't think there's a solid NBA streaming package available like there is for the NFL. I'd be all over it whenever it does exist
 

grassfeeder

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Would also be nice if we could somehow enter login data if we have NBA League Pass or MLB.tv, etc - having a one-hub sports area would be great.
 
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dwaltwhit

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Would also be nice if we could somehow enter login data if we have NBA League Pass or MLB.tv, etc - having a one-hub sports area would be great.
MLB has been pretty into the whole Apple integration thing with mlb.tv and using wallet for tickets. I feel like (hope) this will be integrated as spring draws nearer.
 
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TheShadowKnows!

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Couldn't care less about the NFL (used to care earlier, but not anymore.)

I am definitely an outlier that would love to see European (maybe, even top-tier South American) "football" streamed by the ATV app. In particular, the English/Spanish/German leagues and the UEFA Champions League.

With the World Cup almost upon us in June next year, what is there not lo like?
 
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KazKam

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I really miss the Videos app. I hate having to wade through all the streaming/store crap to get to the videos I have loaded on my device, which is all I want to use it for.

I don't know why the two (TV & Videos) can't coexist together. They have/had radically different functions/uses/audiences, IMO.
 

Cosmosent

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RE: "Right now, since it's basketball season and there are several basketball games this afternoon, the TV app focuses heavily on basketball content."

Few care about Basketball right now ... they would be wise to focus on College Football ! ... even if it's just prep for the round of games that start on Friday.
 

turbineseaplane

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Now if Comcast could get it together and support SSO
Comcast or any of the other major providers.
Sadly it appears against their interests (in their minds) and thus they will refuse forever.

I have family across about 5 different providers in the USA and not a single one supports SSO.