Apple's all-new Apple TV app is now available for download in over 100 countries across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and select Samsung smart TVs. In the US, Apple TV channels include services such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world. Once subscribed to a channel, content recommendations from the channel will appear in the Watch Now section of the TV app.
iOS 12.3 features two additional service-related improvements: you can follow an Apple News+ magazine from the catalog browsing view, and Apple Music's For You tab now updates multiple times per day. There's also a new kids section, and family sharing allows for family sharing with up to six people.
The app also will serve as the home this fall for the Apple TV+ subscription service, which will include original shows from Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and others.
In order to gain access to Apple TV and AirPlay 2, Samsung smart TV owners will have to install a new firmware update that enables the services.More news: Mariana Trench submarine dive finds manmade rubbish at sea's deepest point
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The app will not just show your library of movies and TV shows purchased on Apple, but also the shows on networks, letting you run them from inside the app. The update which is about 506MB in size is available now on your iPhone and iPad devices. While only a small slice of the overall SVOD universe is participating at launch - and Netflix is definitely not being integrated anytime soon - the mission is to present a comprehensive viewing offering inside the TV app. Apple has also fixed documents not rending properly issue and added a bunch of other security updates as well.
As always, Apple's promising a privacy-first experience, and notes that all of the work for its "intelligent suggestions" that recommend shows based on your experience take place " on-device so your personal information stays private", and doesn't get mixed into your TV, as Smart TVs have a bad reputation for collecting user data.
Although full details remain scarce we do know some of the names that will be producing and staring in its content.