New Apple TV app coming to third-party smart TVs, streaming devices this spring

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited March 29
Apple is opening its new Apple TV experience to new audiences by expanding the device range it will be available on, with a selection of smart TVs and set-top boxes from third-party device producers set to offer the new version of the app in the coming months.




Starting in the spring, smart TVs from Samsung will be the first to offer the updated Apple TV app experience, allowing users to watch content from the service on their television without needing to use an Apple TV. Other vendors including LG, Sony, and Vizio will bring the app to their smart TVs shortly after Samsung.

The expanded access will not be limited to just smart TVs, as Amazon's Fire TV streaming box and devices from Roku will also gain their own Apple TV apps.

The announcement means there will be more potential customers for Apple's just-introduced Apple TV Channels services, which offer users an easy way to subscribe to third-party video services offered by premium channels and networks. Adding more devices capable of viewing the content opens up the service to more potential users, and in theory higher revenues for Apple.

Apple is also expanding the availability of the Apple TV app to over 100 countries, up from the current roster of just ten. Lastly, the Apple TV+ service will offer a selection of original video content for viewing from within the app.

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  • Reply 1 of 17
    BwlmogBwlmog Posts: 1unconfirmed, member
    If only they’d open up their TV app and IMessage to Android phones and tablets, I’d seriously consider a move.
  • Reply 2 of 17
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,366member
    Curious to see if I can load the Apple TV app on my current Roku HDTV.
  • Reply 3 of 17
    eightzero said:
    Curious to see if I can load the Apple TV app on my current Roku HDTV.


    I am also wondering if this new App will work with my Apple TV 3d generation.

  • Reply 4 of 17
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,968member
    Apple TV App on 3rd party devices/TVs; surprisingly but awesome.
  • Reply 5 of 17
    pslicepslice Posts: 74member
    I’ve been trying to cut the Dish cord for about a year now. I look forward seeing what Apple delivers. Tired of being soaked by satellite companies. My only problem is lack of speedy internet (now have only 6Mps) and too far to get local programming for weather. Could care less about murders happening in Springfield, MO. All the Apple pessimism gets old. I love good entertainment. Happy to drop reality TV. Never watch it, won’t support it. So I cobble together streaming services. Good to see some one that will clear out the weed patches of programs like “The Bachelor”, “Survivor”, and “The Voice”. I wish Apple good luck in their efforts.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 12,826member
    Nice feature restarting a movie where you stopped.    Now if they only could figure out how to start from the point where I fell asleep.   

    In all seriousness it looks like we are getting some nice improvements to the TV app.   

    The other thing worth noting is the several references to machine learning during this keynote.  This is exactly why I suggest in the various forums that an A12 based device should be the minimal purchase for anybody getting in to iOS devices.  Frankly Apple prepped the hardware for that reality last week.    That doesn’t mean everything machine learning wise will be done locally on the device, it just highlights where tech is going.  
    bakedbananas
  • Reply 7 of 17
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 916member
    wizard69 said:
    Nice feature restarting a movie where you stopped.    Now if they only could figure out how to start from the point where I fell asleep.   
    Could possibly do that in conjunction with an Apple Watch.

    This news is by no means a shocker to me, considering that they announced in January that iTunes and AirPlay 2 would come to other brands of smart TVs: https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/01/06/itunes-airplay-2-coming-to-samsungs-2018-and-2019-smart-televisions
  • Reply 8 of 17
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 7,978member
    Bwlmog said:
    If only they’d open up their TV app and IMessage to Android phones and tablets, I’d seriously consider a move.
    Huh? If they opened iMessage up to Android, you'd consider a move from Android to iOS? How does that make sense?
    roundaboutnowtomowa
  • Reply 9 of 17
    Given what I saw today, I'm less excited about a TV with Apple TV built in.  

    I sincerely hope I''m wrong.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 
  • Reply 11 of 17
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 
    In US, you can file a lawsuit. In fact Vizio just had a settlement for the very same thing 
    hmurchison
  • Reply 12 of 17
    chasmchasm Posts: 1,593member
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 
    If that's a concern for you (and it should be), turn off all the Smart TV features and remove internet access from the TV. Then go buy an Apple TV and plug your internet access into that. Problem solved!
  • Reply 13 of 17
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    chasm said:
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 
    If that's a concern for you (and it should be), turn off all the Smart TV features and remove internet access from the TV. Then go buy an Apple TV and plug your internet access into that. Problem solved!
    That's my plan.  Apple TV 4K on every TV in the home.  Plus I just realized that most TV just have Fast Ethernet so you're dealing with a TV that can't stream anything beyond 100Mbps.  That being said the bell maybe tolling for hardware Apple TV. 
  • Reply 14 of 17
    designrdesignr Posts: 505member
    wizard69 said:
    Nice feature restarting a movie where you stopped. 
    Is this something new?! Netflix and Hulu do this. I think Amazon does too (but I don't watch as much there).
  • Reply 15 of 17
    linkmanlinkman Posts: 916member
    chasm said:
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 
    If that's a concern for you (and it should be), turn off all the Smart TV features and remove internet access from the TV. Then go buy an Apple TV and plug your internet access into that. Problem solved!
    That's my plan.  Apple TV 4K on every TV in the home.  Plus I just realized that most TV just have Fast Ethernet so you're dealing with a TV that can't stream anything beyond 100Mbps.  That being said the bell maybe tolling for hardware Apple TV. 
    A 4K Bluray has a rate of ~50 Mbps. Any current 4K smart TV has no need for beyond 100 Mbps. Why would it need gigabit Ethernet? The only case I could imagine where a TV needs a faster rate than 100 Mbps would be if it can display higher resolution/frame rate than the current panel -- which essentially means you have to replace that TV to obtain it.
    hmurchison
  • Reply 16 of 17
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,271member
    linkman said:
    chasm said:
    How is my privacy going to be protected on Smart TV that track user habits by default? 


    A 4K Bluray has a rate of ~50 Mbps. Any current 4K smart TV has no need for beyond 100 Mbps. Why would it need gigabit Ethernet? The only case I could imagine where a TV needs a faster rate than 100 Mbps would be if it can display higher resolution/frame rate than the current panel -- which essentially means you have to replace that TV to obtain it.
    It doesn't.  It's just me chuffed about the fact that you spend near $3k on a TV and it has less networking bandwidth than a 40 dollar switch.  A lot of networked Audio devices have the same because there are no audio codecs that require that much bandwidth. 
  • Reply 17 of 17
    fred1fred1 Posts: 329member
    How about Google Chromecast? Will it work on that?
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