Apple TV app will now be available in more than 100 countries on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and several Samsung Smart TVs. This announcement comes with iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 updates that feature a redesigned Apple TV app and support for AirPlay 2-enabled TVs.
Globally users will now also be able to subscribe and pay for Apple TV channels that they wish to watch from within their Apple TV app. The app also features a watch on demand feature. Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription, will also roll out to Apple TV app later this year.
Those who own an AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung smart TV can mirror content directly via their iPhone, iPad or Mac. To do this, update your devices to iOS 12.3 or macOS 10.14.5 (coming later this year). Few LG, Sony and Vizio smart TVs will also get AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year.
Users can now also share subscriptions via family sharing. Six family members can share Apple TV channels subscription using their Apple ID and password. Subscribers will also be able to download movies and shows for offline viewing.
However, Apple’s claim that Apple TV app is “the first and only place where HBO subscribers can download movies and shows such as Game of Thrones for offline viewing” isn’t true in India where users of streaming service Hotstar Premium can download and watch Game of Thrones episodes as well as dozens of other HBO content.
“Users worldwide can enjoy personalized recommendations of shows and movies from more than 150 video apps and streaming services and over 100,000 iTunes movies and TV shows, including the largest collection of 4K HDR titles available to browse, buy or rent — all within the new Apple TV app,” Apple stated.
“The Watch Now section features Up Next, where users can quickly find and watch their favourites with activity synced across devices, as well as explore expertly curated collections based on a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests.”
All of the 2019 Samsung Smart TVs and few 2018 models will feature the new Apple TV app with a firmware update in more than 100 countries. The same update will also offer AirPlay 2 support to Samsung Smart TVs in 176 countries.
“As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today,” said Won-Jin Lee, Executive Vice President, Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.
Until now, Apple TV app was available in United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom. The complete list of countries hasn’t been updated by Apple yet.
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