What is the point of TV app?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by metsjetsfan, Dec 13, 2016.

  1. metsjetsfan macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    Is it just an aggregator? I dont remember the keynote but I was under the impression that you could watch videos in the app itself but it actually redirects to the actual media app. Therefore the only benefits are:

    - Single sign on which is not avail for many apps.
    - Movie or episode discovery. which seems useless until they show you or filter out watched episodes

    Am I missing other benefits?

    One last unreated Q can you now stream your purchased movies from apple/itunes without the entire movie data being stuck in cache? I remember you had to do a small workaround to clear it.
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Doesn't seem to have a point if you are a cord cutter.

    I went into settings on my ATV4, set the home button to take you to the top level again, and proceeded to forget the TV app exists. I only use Netflix, HBO Now and Plex there, so it seemed pointless to me.

    I'm guessing for non-cord-cutters who have a TV provider signin, it's useful. But not for the likes of me. :)
  3. white4s macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    But it replaces the old Video app (at least for the US release). Does the old Videos app come back if you delete "TV"?
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Hopefully this will be like WatchOS and HomeKit, where the first few versions don't really make that much sense, but lay the groundwork for cooler things to come.
  6. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    No it doesn't. I have at least 4 concerts I watch on my phone alongside the 20 or so movies I've purchased.
  7. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    Pretty dumb to go into an app to take you to another app. I'll just use it for movies stored on my phone.
  8. metsjetsfan thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2011
    Yeah its basically just a glorified launcher at this point
  9. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    Homekit is a good analogy, still way behind the rest of the market when it comes to home automation.
  10. aristobrat, Dec 14, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016

    aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yup! But to me, that's a coin with two sides...

    One side -- they're behind the rest of the market
    The other side -- the design they're implementing is different from anything else on the market (IMO)

    Even with as behind as HomeBridge is, it's (I think) the only solution on the market today that lets me control all of these devices from either natively within iOS/watchOS (or through third-party apps like Eve, ConnectedSense, etc):
    • Insteon devices (switches, outlets, motion detectors)
    • z-wave devices (fan control)
    • WeMo (outlet)
    • MyQ (garage door)
    • Yahama A/V receiver
    Granted, I have to use a software bridge to do all of that, but the fact that HomeKit can expand its reach via bridges/hubs (made by other people) says a lot to is design philosophy. I haven't seen the community be able to expand the other "more mature" solutions on the market today like that.

    I wonder if "TV" is going to be more of a framework like HomeKit (so other apps can tap into its functionality), or if it's just going to stay an app.

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