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Apple Debuts New 'TV' Guide and Watchlist App For Apple TV, iPhone and iPad ( 20

Even though the Apple TV news was considered "boring" by many livestream viewers waiting to catch a glimpse of the new MacBook Pros, there were several big announcements worth mentioning. For starters, Apple announced a new app called "TV" that will "allow you to track your favorite shows and movies across the video apps across the Apple TV platform." What this app essentially does is showcase the content from video providers into a single view, making it easier for Apple TV owners to find content to watch. Apple TV owners will no longer need to search through a bunch of different apps to find the content they like. TechCrunch reports: When launched, the app will display a "Watch Now" section, where you can track the shows and movies you're currently watching. Here, you'll see things like how many minutes you have left on the movie or which season and episode you're on in a series, for example. It will also alert you to new episodes from your favorite shows. From here, you can go into "Up Next" and "Recommended" sections, in order to find new things to watch from across favorite shows, movies, as well as iTunes purchases and rentals. In the "Recommended" section, content is organized into different groups, like trending shows and movies. And similar to iTunes, the TV app features curated "Collections," which are thematic groupings of content, like political shows or thrillers, for instance. Other sections in the TV app, "Library" and "Store," will point you to your prior iTunes purchases, including rentals, or let you browse for more movies and shows to buy. You can also use Siri with the new app, and the assistant is smart enough to know which app to launch to watch the program you ask about. For instance, if you want to watch the game, you just ask to watch the game -- you don't need to know which app is streaming it. You can also say things like "which games are on right now?" or "watch CBS News," without having to navigate to the app directly. This feature, called Siri Live Tune-In, is available today. In addition, while the app is primarily meant to address the challenges of watching across apps on Apple TV, the new TV app will also arrive on iPhone and iPad this December, the company says. Along with the new TV guide app, Apple is rolling out support for Single Sign-On, which was announced at WWDC 2016 as a tvOS feature. This lets you enter your username and password for your pay TV subscription only once, instead of in each video streaming app that requires authentication.
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Apple Debuts New 'TV' Guide and Watchlist App For Apple TV, iPhone and iPad

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  • "Ignored Again" (Score:4, Interesting)

    by dottrap ( 1897528 ) on Thursday October 27, 2016 @05:53PM (#53164259)

    For all the hype about being a Mac event, seems like a massive disconnect that there is no Mac support for the TV app. (AppleTV, iPhone, iPad)

    They even showed a Macbook Pro with 3 displays during the event. (Hello? How about putting TV on one of the displays?)

    Come on Apple. I expected better from you.

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Why do you even want this ad delivery platform on your computer? Do you really want companies to be able to "showcase" their shit on your devices?

      • by jedidiah ( 1196 )

        > Why do you even want this ad delivery platform on your computer?

        You can strip the ads out you idiot. People on ALL platforms have been doing this since 2003 or so. There are even Mac apps that do this.

        Before that, you could just skip through them.

        A tablet app for the PVR/streamer?

        Apple is like LAST to the party on this one.

    • Yep.

      Also why not introduce a new keyboard with a touch bar for all other desktop macs so every user who wants to use the touch capabilities would do so on the millions of desktop macs out there.
      This would transform how people do things rather abruptly and make it so that older hardware can get access to the newer features of software and newer services like Apple Pay.

      And why not intro a new bigger track pad with the newer tech.

      Both of those things would show a certain amount of understanding of what their c

      • by vxbush ( 627266 )

        Also why not introduce a new keyboard with a touch bar for all other desktop macs so every user who wants to use the touch capabilities would do so on the millions of desktop macs out there.

        Exactly my thought.

  • Not another bleedin "Suggest" app.? I can filter/look for what I want to watch (though to money grabbing twats it's technically "consume") I don't want, nor need these fucking "suggestions".
  • Still a turd floating in the basement of the Apple Outhouse.

    Do not want, need, or desire, TYVM.

  • by shanen ( 462549 ) on Thursday October 27, 2016 @07:14PM (#53164719) Homepage Journal

    Let me start by saying that my MacBook Pro is a nice machine and I've enjoyed using it. These days I'm actually spending more time with it than with any of my other machines. However, I've concluded that Apple wants my soul, too, and it's not for sale.

    Today's Slashdot is probably unsuitable for more details. I'm especially disappointed by the lack of "funny" posts. Even the few that get the mod aren't. Notwithstanding, eh?

    I've concluded that today's Apple demands you think THEIR way. Kind of funny when you consider their old sales pitch, but I was always suspicious. Maybe it isn't Apple's fault? The rules of the game basically require American companies to become evil to succeed, and the degree of evil has become a minor concern. However, the assault on how I think is over my personal limits.

    It started with the voice dictation. It seemed better than the other systems I was using, so I started doing more of my dictation on the Mac. However, it wasn't perfect, so I tried to get help and even offer suggestions on how to improve it. However, there seemed to be something funny about the help resources under Apple's direct control.

    For example, the people in the stores were extremely enthusiastic, even fanatically and religiously enthusiastic, about Apple's products, but none of their advice or suggestions actually turned out to be helpful. Finally concluded they were hired for their highly positive attitudes, not for their technical knowledge.

    I had higher hopes for the official forums, what Apple describes as "discussions". Soon noticed a funny pattern. Every question received a rapid response, but the responses were always mindless boilerplates. My questions included everything in the boilerplate because it had been easy to find the boilerplate answers and I had already tried them. It was obvious that the people posting the responses had not even read my question, but apparently they were motivated to act that way by Apple's point-based incentive system. Commenting about the irrelevance of the responses simply triggers censorship for not thinking the way Apple wants you to think. Sad.

    I have reached only three conclusions from my experiences in those "discussions" on Apple's website.

    1. Apple wants me to think THEIR way. I respectfully decline.
    2. Any sincere and honest discussion of Apple products must take place OUTSIDE of Apple's control.
    3. It is exceedingly unlikely I will ever buy another Apple product of ANY sort.

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb