TV App FAQ: Everything you need to know!

Apple is planning on making your binge-watching experience easier than ever on the Apple TV with a new app — TV. Here's everything you need to know!

What's new with the TV app?

June 6, 2018: Live sports come to the TV app in Canada

Users of Apple's TV app in Canada will now be able to take advantage of the app's live sports feature to watch games and get live updates on scores for their favorite teams on iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. At launch, five channels will offer support for live sports content through the TV app, each with great live sports content to offer:

  • CBC - Watch the Stanley Cup playoffs
  • DAZN - Soccer fans can get full access to Euro League games
  • Sportsnet - Blue Jays fans can head here to watch live games
  • TSN GO - The FIFA World Cup is upon us, and TSN Go is your destination for up-to-the minute action.
  • RDS GO - Like TSN, but in French.

DAZN and Sportsnet are both subscription services, so you'll need to pay separately for those. TSN GO and RDS GO, on the other hand, require you to have a cable subscription in order to watch.

If you're looking to get in on the live sports action on the Apple TV, check out our handy guide to getting started.

How to watch live sports on the Apple TV

May 9, 2018: Apple may sell subscriptions through the TV app

According to Bloomberg, Apple may be planning to sell subscriptions for some videos services directly through its TV app, rather than having users subscribe through in-app purchases in each individual content app.

For the first time, Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store, according to people familiar with the matter.

What is the TV app?

The TV app takes all the media from the various TV and movie watching apps you have — like HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, etc. —and brings it all together in one convenient spot. This eliminates the need for you to open separate apps when deciding what you want to watch.

Will it know where I left off?

Yes! Upon launching TV, you will see a section entitled Up Next, which shows all the content you are currently watching. You select the content you want, and Apple TV starts playing it immediately and even launches the app needed to do so.

For example, if you've been watching Game of Thrones on the HBO Now app, you can launch TV and select the episode you're currently watching. Your Apple TV will then launch HBO Now and immediately start playback from where you left off.

You can always get back to the TV app by pressing the TV button on your Siri remote.

What if I want to watch something new?

Don't worry, if you scroll down on the main screen, you can reach the discovery section, where you will be given a ton of options for new content you haven't seen yet, ranging from popular TV shows and movies to suggestions from new services you might not even have yet.

Can I purchase content?

Of course! If you scroll over to the Store tab, you can purchase content and even sign up for streaming services right in TV from all your media sources.

Does it work with iPhone or iPad?

Yes, it does! The TV app will also be launching for iPhone and iPad by the end of 2016, meaning you can take all your great media with you and never lose your place!

Siri integration?

You know it! Ask Siri to play your favorite show, and she'll start playing it instantly from where you left off.

Can I quick launch the TV app?

When the update is released, the TV button on your Siri remote will launch the TV app. Furthermore, to get back to the Apple Tv's main menu you'll have to tap the Menu button a few times. Don't worry, if you hate it you can change the button's behavior in your Settings.


Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that Netflix will work with TV.

When and where can I get it?

TV will be available for tvOS and iOS via update by the end of this calendar year, mostly likely sometime in December. As of right right now, the launch is U.S. only.

Any other updates coming to Apple TV?

There is finally going to be single sign-on! No more signing into all your apps individually.

Apple states: "Now when you enter your cable or satellite subscription credentials on Apple TV, you get immediate access to all the apps in your pay TV package that support single sign-on."

What do you think of TV?

What do you make of the new TV app? Are you excited to have all your content in one place? Let us know in the comments below.

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