What are developer guidelines for what is allowed?

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by akm3, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    Has Apple published the new dev guidelines for AppleTV?

    I'm curious if they specifically ban types of apps that will be included.

    Will an Amazon Prime app be eligible under the rules? (Maybe)
    Will Plex be eligible? (probably not)
    Will PopcornTime (definitely not)

    I'd like to get definitive answers if possible. Also do we know yet if the apps will be able to plug into the Siri 'app wide content search' via API or if that is curated and controlled by only Apple?
  2. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
  3. littlepooch21 macrumors regular

    Sep 26, 2010
    yeah i'm wondering if i can get Amazon Prime on this and Vudu
  4. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    thats the big question, will it be closed to only apple like stuff to make sure people have to pay for content, or will plex and kodi get into the app store
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    From this Tweet it looks like Plex wants to develop an AppleTV app.

    Screen Shot 2015-09-10 at 7.52.19 AM.png
  6. Gulika, Sep 10, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2015

    Gulika macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2015
  7. TallManNY macrumors 601


    Nov 5, 2007
    If Apple is consistent with its procedures for its true money maker, the iPhone, in which many Apps are allowed with fairly few restrictions, then Amazon Prime and others should end up on Apple TV. I think all these Apps will make the Apple TV hardware much more popular. In turn this is going to increase Apple's leverage to get the thing it really wants, live TV. And by that I mean, live sports. We are seeing that in the paid Apps like MLB. But what Apple really wants is live Sports without local blackouts.
  8. RollTide1017 macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2009
    Montgomery, AL
    I think things like Vudu and Amazon Instant will be allowed but, like the iPhone app, will not be able to access there stores. It will basically be a viewer for stuff you've already purchased.

    I'm fine with that also. I've long dreamed of the day when I could access all my content on one streaming device.
  9. tonyr6 macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2011
    Brooklyn NY
    I agree. Amazon with be able to get or more devices if they only came out with instant video with only Prime or purchased content. You won't be able to see or buy anything else that is PPV.
  10. Wunderwally macrumors member


    Sep 13, 2015
    I'm pretty sure that if you can release your app now in the iOS Store like Amazon Instant Video, Spotify or Plex etc. you can release your app on the new Apple TV.
  11. akm3 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    That sounds reasonable. Do we know yet if you can also hook into the 'Apple TV wide Siri search', or does that require extra approval from Apple?

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