Apple Updates tvOS with Live Channels, Single Sign-On and More

Apple kicked off WWDC 2016 today with its traditional keynote event, during which it highlighted some great new features coming to tvOS. When Eddy Cue took the stage, he demoed the new and improved iPhone remote app with all the new features of the Apple TV’s Siri remote. He showed how Siri’s universal search will be adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.


One of the major new features coming to Apple TV is Single Sign-on, which lets you enter login credentials just once, instead of having to enter them over and over again to gain access to apps from the big networks such as HBO, NBC, ABC, ESPN, etc. The feature is is coming to iOS as well, according to Cue. tvOS will also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live channel streams from networks like ESPN and Disney by just commanding Siri to put them on.

The upcoming tvOS update will also include a new dark theme and automatic download of apps between iOS and tvOS. So if you download a video app or game on your iOS device which also an Apple TV version, it will automatically be installed on the Apple TV.

A beta preview of the new tvOS is available to developers starting today.