IOS 12.3 is out now with overhauled TV app

Brenda Watkins
Мая 14, 2019

The app also breaks out movies and TV shows into individual sections and adds a new section for kids.

The Apple TV app is exclusive to all 2019 and select 2018 Samsung smart TVs.

Hot on the heels of Apple's own release of updates to iOS and tvOS that include the company's new TV app, Samsung has announced that it too is launching the TV app today.

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The new Apple TV app will enable Samsung Smart TV owners to access iTunes movies and TV shows in addition to Apple TV channels. HBO Now, for example, costs $14.99 per month via Apple's App Store and Apple TV channels. While the presence of channels, iTunes content, and the forthcoming Apple TV+ are no surprise, what's missing is any reference to the other content now offered by the app on tvOS and iOS.

Family Sharing enables up to six family members can share subscriptions to Apple TV channels using their Apple ID and password. Netflix has said it will not be included in Apple's channels, which means programming on Netflix will appear in search results but viewers will need to exit the Apple TV app. The pricing of the streaming services through Apple TV channels is the same as the standalone apps.

The redesigned Apple TV app aims to solve some of the headaches that have emerged in the streaming media era. More importantly, you get to watch 4K HDR content, which you can either rent or buy directly from within the app, something that wasn't possible before. Apple is also allowing downloads for these services on iPhone or iPad, so you can finally watch HBO offline. Since Samsung is the leading manufacturer of premium TVs, this partnership was inevitable. But at CES, several companies, including LG, Sony, and Vizio, told us that later this year they'd have the app, as well as support for AirPlay 2 and the Apple HomeKit, Apple's Siri-powered smart home system (think Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant).

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