Apple promised that the company’s new TV app for iOS and tvOS would launch before the end of the year alongside the new single sign-on feature. Today, Dec. 5, we’ve seen the clearest sign yet that Apple plans on sticking to that time frame.
Works with DirecTV
Beta users who activate a TV provider in iOS 10.2 beta 5 now see a link that shows which apps support the selected cable or satellite company. This will make it a lot easier for users to find great content on both iOS devices and Apple TV.
First introduced in September, the single sign-On features allows you to enter cable or satellite credentials in one place and access all of the available apps in your subscription package.
To date, the following providers support single sign-on: CenturyLink Prism, DirecTV, Dish, GTA, Hawaiian Telecom, Hotwire, and Sling TV. More content providers are expected to sign up for the new service prior to the public launch.
Current supported providers
Tying all of this together is the upcoming TV app for iOS and tvOS. The new app helps to unify the TV watching experience, allowing users to see all the shows and movies you’re watching, find upcoming episodes, and get personalized recommendations on what to watch next.
Last week, the long-anticipated DirecTV Now service went online. Available for as little as $35 per month, the satellite-free video streaming service is available on Apple TV and other platforms including iOS and Roku. While DirecTV Now doesn’t currently support Apple’s single sign-on feature, we expect that it will very soon. As noted, DirecTV proper already does support the feature.
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