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Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of tvOS 10.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 10.1 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the third tvOS 10.1 beta and more than a month after launching tvOS 10.

Designed for the fourth-generation Apple TV, tvOS 10.1 beta 4 can be obtained by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, downloading and installing the software from a registered developer account via iTunes or Apple Configurator. Once a beta profile has been installed on the device through iTunes, new beta updates will be available over the air.

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Many Apple TV owners have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a promised Single Sign-On feature that will allow Apple TV users to sign in once with their cable credentials to access all available live cable content, and the feature was introduced in the first tvOS 10.1 beta. Single Sign-On is currently available for DirecTV, Dish, GVTC Communications, Hotwire, and Sling TV.

Shortly after the release of the third beta, Apple unlocked the new "TV" app, which is designed to make it easier for users to discover new content across the dozens of television and movie apps that are available.

It serves as a sort of Apple-designed television guide, giving customers a way to find and watch TV and movies across multiple devices. It features a dedicated store, recommended content, and cross-device syncing.

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tvOS 10, for those unfamiliar with the operating system, brings features like improved search, expanded Siri capabilities, a dark mode, a Continuity option for using the iPhone for text input, automatic app downloads, quicker access to live TV, and more.

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23 months ago

I miss the days when you didn't have to update the software on your TV/watch/phone...

As a former Android user (Note 7) I don't miss those days :rolleyes:
Rating: 6 Votes
23 months ago
not gonna lie, that TV app is a POS
Rating: 5 Votes
23 months ago

not gonna lie, that TV app is a POS


Agreed. Utterly useless.

Apple you had one job!

What we wanted:
A place to track all the shows I WATCH, and only those I watch, so I can easily see when new episodes are available and watch them with a single click, without having to parse through a bunch of unwanted and annoying promotional content.

What we got:
A place where I can track shows I watch, provided I don't watch any shows on Netflix, HBO Go, or any of the countless other networks that aren't supported, and assuming I'm ok having to navigate through a ton of promotional garbage that feels like my old cable box interface I abandoned years ago.

Instantly deleted.
Rating: 3 Votes
23 months ago
Has anyone else been having issues with the Sling TV app in the latest beta updates? Every time I open the Sling app and select a channel to watch, the app crashes. I've reached out to Sling support and they tell me to delete the app, hard reset the device and reinstall to clear the cache, but this isn't working either...Just curious if anyone else was having a similar issue
Rating: 2 Votes
23 months ago

Has anyone else been having issues with the Sling TV app in the latest beta updates? Every time I open the Sling app and select a channel to watch, the app crashes. I've reached out to Sling support and they tell me to delete the app, hard reset the device and reinstall to clear the cache, but this isn't working either...Just curious if anyone else was having a similar issue


yep, I opened a support case with Sling and they basically told me to that they won't help. I understand they don't support betas but it would have been nice to at atleast hear that they will look into it. I signed up for Directv now and will no longer be a sling customer.
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

Agreed. I want a single place to see all of the shows I want to watch, and what episodes I still need to watch. Add in a way to set up a movie watchlist or library, so that I can see, at a glance, all of the movies I've tagged as favorites are available, wheither that's from my iTunes collection, HBO, or other service.

If WatchAid can do this in their app, why can't Apple do it, but better?

It would also be awesome to have profiles or iCloud family sharing enabled so that each person in the family can have their own list of shows and movies, to truly offer a unique experience no matter who is in control of the TV.


Isn't this what watch now does?
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago
Any news on more Siri regions support or is atv4 going to stay crippled outside north america?
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

I miss the days when you didn't have to update the software on your TV/watch/phone...


Did you somehow think you were typing on Facebook when you posted this gem?
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

Agreed. Utterly useless.

Apple you had one job!

What we wanted:
A place to track all the shows I WATCH, and only those I watch, so I can easily see when new episodes are available and watch them with a single click, without having to parse through a bunch of unwanted and annoying promotional content.

Agreed. I want a single place to see all of the shows I want to watch, and what episodes I still need to watch. Add in a way to set up a movie watchlist or library, so that I can see, at a glance, all of the movies I've tagged as favorites are available, wheither that's from my iTunes collection, HBO, or other service.

If WatchAid can do this in their app, why can't Apple do it, but better?

It would also be awesome to have profiles or iCloud family sharing enabled so that each person in the family can have their own list of shows and movies, to truly offer a unique experience no matter who is in control of the TV.
Rating: 1 Votes
23 months ago

That's right, I forgot to mention the fact that the TV app has no way of tracking watched TV shows for individuals, something which isn't exactly rocket science and which Netflix figured out years ago. Worse yet, if you share an account login with family members using separate Apple TVs, the TV app doesn't differentiate between favorite and watched shows across different devices. I can't believe they released this thing as-is. It's an embarrassment not even worthy of a "beta" or "hobby" label.

It uses iCloud Family Sharing. When you switch accounts in Settings, you see only your watch history.
Rating: 1 Votes

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