Apple Launches iOS Single Sign-On for TV Apps, Canada Can Only Dream

Apple launched its Single Sign-On feature yesterday for U.S. customers, a feature which allows TV subscribers to sign into their accounts once, and gain widespread access on iOS and tvOS apps, reports MacRumors.

Here’s how Apple describes the feature, available to iOS and fourth generation Apple TV users:

Sign in to your cable or satellite-TV provider on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Apple TV. Then enjoy instant access to supported video apps that your pay TV subscription includes.

The quiet Single Sign-On launch currently supports the following cable providers:

  • CenturyLink Prism
  • DirecTV
  • Dish
  • GVTC
  • GTA
  • Hawaiian Telcom
  • Hotwire
  • MetroCast
  • Sling

Here are the iOS and tvOS apps which support Single Sign-On, but it appears some iOS and tvOS versions haven’t been updated concurrently yet:

A&E (iOS only)
Bravo Now (tvOS only)
E! Now (tvOS only)
Hallmark Channel Everywhere (iOS and tvOS)
History (iOS only)
Lifetime (iOS only)
NBC (tvOS only)
Syfy Now (tvOS only)

Telemundo Now (tvOS only)
USA NOW (tvOS only)
Watch HGTV (iOS and tvOS)
Watch Food Network (iOS and tvOS)
Watch Cooking Channel (iOS and tvOS)
Watch DIY (iOS and tvOS)
Watch Travel Channel (iOS and tvOS)

How to sign into Single Sign-On on your Apple TV, according to Apple? First you’ll need to ensure you have tvOS 10 or later installed, then go to:

Settings > Accounts > TV Provider

Tvos10 settings accounts tv provider sign in

From here, you’ll choose your TV provider and login with your credentials.

To setup Single Sign-On on your iOS device, you’ll need iOS 10 or later. Just navigate to:

Settings > TV Provider and choose your TV provider

Iphone7 ios10 settings tv provider

From here, just login to your provider account details.

American users also get the new TV app which helps consolidate all available media. Single Sign-On is limited to the U.S. only for now, so that means it’s unavailable in Canada.

If Single Sign-On were to launch here, we would predict support from Bell Fibe TV and Rogers Sportsnet NOW, as both apps support live TV and have tvOS apps. We would also assume Shaw would jump on board too, since they have FreeRange TV for iOS (but not tvOS yet).

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  • Chrome262

    yeah, not sure that will happen here anytime soon, but who knows haha

  • Brenda

    Most of the channels on the list carry low quality US programs that repeat the same shows several times a day, sometimes replaying the same shows across several channels. If that’s all you get, single sign-on is hardly worth it. I’m also disappointed by the quality of the apps (how about the option of a live feed, like Bloomberg,
    CBC?) and the absence of Radio-Canada programs, but you can get ARTE (French or German) and several Scandinavian networks in Canada.