Samsung brings Apple TV app to compatible Smart TVs

Open the TV app on your Apple TV.

The new Apple TV app aims to bring all the content you enjoy watching into one place with your iTunes library now sitting alongside programming from platforms including the BBC iPlayer, My5, ITV Hub and Prime Video.

In addition to using the Apple TV app on the company's own hardware devices, the service is also available on the 2019 Samsung Smart TVs, as well as select 2018 models.

The update will also feature personalized recommendations for users and an Up Next section where users can find and watch content with activity synced across devices.

The TV app gives users access to all their existing iTunes content, as well as all the ability to buy and rent all the movies and TV shows now in the catalog.

Revealed earlier this spring, the new TV app and Apple TV Channels feature aim to replace the need for you to check every TV app you have installed for new episodes or movies. A show's past seasons, for example, might be available on Hulu, Netflix Inc or iTunes, while current episodes require cable or purchase, leaving customers juggling multiple remotes.

This includes popular services like Acorn and HBO.

Apple today announced the release of iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3, which bring the new TV app to over 100 countries.

Apple is letting up to six family members share subscriptions to Apple TV channels, and the company said that it is also allowing downloads of movies and TV shows for offline viewing. HBO Now, for example, costs $14.99 per month via Apple's App Store and Apple TV channels.

With new update, AirPlay 2 will support sharing videos, photos, music and more from the iPhone/iPad directly to an AirPlay 2-enabled smart TV. Parents, desperate for family friendly content, will be elated to see a Kids section that serves up editorially selected titles, a practice that continues Apple's push of being the content curators which we first saw in Apple Music. Support for Vizio, LG, and Sony TVs is coming later this year, and support for Roku and Fire TV devices is in the works as well.

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