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Apple TV gets better for cord-cutters and cable TV subscribers

Engadget Engadget 13/06/2016 Richard Lawler
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Today at its big WWDC event, Apple just announced a few updates for the Apple TV platform. New apps arriving include Sling TV (finally), Fox Sports, Molotov (France) and the Minecraft: Story Mode game. It's also upgrading the remote app on your iPhone. The app is a lot more like the hardware remote, with touch-based navigation, Siri voice search, plus the ability to use the keyboard for input and game control using the accelerometer. On the box itself, a new feature called "Live Tune in" will let you switch instantly between live streaming channels like Disney, ESPN and more.

Apple has even addressed the issue of signing into all of these network TV Everywhere apps with Single sign-on. Just sign in with your info one time, and you'll be authenticated in all of the apps that support it, which applies for the Apple TV and also mobile iOS devices.

For the developers, Apple's bringing HomeKit, ReplayKit and PhotoKit to tvOS. Now devs can tie in home automation features to apps on the TV, pull pictures in from the photostream, and much more. A developer preview is rolling out today with all of the new features, and they should come to the rest of us soon.


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