So are we ever getting Single sign-on?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ajiuo, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. ajiuo macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    I'm getting really sick of having to sign on and reactivate every single TV app all of the time... seems like I have to re-sign on between every 1 to 3 weeks... It's annoying.

    Regardless of single sign on... why do I have to keep re-activating and signing onto these apps?
  2. E.Lizardo macrumors 68000

    May 28, 2008
    That's odd.I've had mine since launch And I've never been prompted to sign on after the first time. Of course I only have Netflix and PBS,so It may be a provider thing and not apple.
  3. d21mike macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    Not sure about PBS but with Netflix you either authenticate directly with Netflix or iTunes. This is completely different then the single sign on with your provider that is being discussed. I.E. Now you have to go to your browser and enter a url like www.cnn.go/activate and enter the code from the ATV and then enter you provided credentials (after you find it in the list).

    I do not use the Apps with my FIOS login very often because I do not want to watch commercials but I do have to frequently need to re-login if I want to use them. This may happen when I they update the app or the Apple TV gets updated. Anyway Single Sign-on will be a huge improvement.
  4. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    It seems like every time I use a network app it makes me re-activate. I hesitate to even use them for this reason. so annoying.
  5. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Nearly the same experience here. I have to reactivate very often. It's been like this since day 1. It's terrible.
  6. aced411 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Different providers have different timeouts on their tokens. For example: Fox in the browser makes me sign in with Comcast every day, yet Vue went about a month before prompting for credentials.

    Either way it's a total pain.
  7. savagewatts macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2014
    Vancouver, BC
  8. severe macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    Good to know, as there's a chance I'll be moving there in January. ;)
  9. ajiuo thread starter macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2011
    It sounds like Apple might be announcing a new Apple TV watch list feature at tomorrows event. Hopefully there is more single sign on news... I also wonder if they will mention DirecTV Now.
  10. JRobinsonJr macrumors 6502a

    Aug 20, 2015
    Arlington, Texas
    SSO for video apps will be great, but I want to see this taken to the next level. Rather than asking me to sign on from each device separately, how about linking this to my  ID so that credentials automatically flow down to any device where I am signed in! This could/should apply to anything I subscribe to rather than just the cable provider SSO. Imagine setting up credentials to your Netflix, Hulu, and other accounts from the web interface or from within iTunes on Windows/Mac machines... then those apps immediately offer access on all your devices. Now THAT would make it a simple process.
  11. turbineseaplane macrumors 601


    Mar 19, 2008
    I echo the frustrations with constant reauthentication.

    My admittedly cynical mind thinks that the networks and tv providers like there to be small friction points like this to using Apps as they want to try to live in the past and get people to stay as long as possible with traditional cable/sat subscriptions and leasing each tv box, etc

    Same with any apps not supporting AirPlay/TV Out with a cable and adapter from iOS devices.
  12. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    That does not sound normal to me. Something's wrong.

    I've had the ATV4 almost since day 1 and I've had to re-login to one app once. That alone irritated me, so I cannot imagine having to do it for all the apps every week.

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