Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming tvOS 11 update designed for the fourth-generation TV, two weeks after seeding the third beta and more than a month after releasing the first beta during the 2017 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Registered developers can download tvOS 11 by connecting the Apple TV to a computer with a USB-C cable and installing the beta software using iTunes.

tvos 11 beta
tvOS 11 didn't receive much attention at the Worldwide Developers Conference due to time constraints, but according to Apple's release notes, it introduces a few new features to the operating system.

tvOS 11 includes automatic switching between light/dark mode based on local time, Home screen syncing options that keep multiple Apple TVs in a household in sync, new background modes and notification support, Focus API improvements, custom sound support, network-based pairing and development support, improvements to Mobile Device Management, and more.

The fourth beta of tvOS 11 likely focuses primarily on bug fixes and other small refinements, as the first three betas did. Apple's new tvOS 11 update is available for both registered developers and public beta testers. It will see a public release later this year.

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Top Rated Comments

dugbug Avatar
63 months ago
quick, someone check the directv now app :)

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dugbug Avatar
63 months ago
Same. I’ve actually avoided the beta because of this issue. I certainly hope it isn’t the devs dragging their feet because the worst case scenario is a nonfunctional DTVN app on iOS 11 launch day, yet I completely believe it’s possible given their...interesting QC levels thus far.
I've wondered if their app is trying to detect jailbreaks or something and crashing intentionally.
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Hoosier317 Avatar
63 months ago
quick, someone check the directv now app :)

-d
You beat me to it. I hope it works again, I've already missed the premier of Shark Week. :(
Same. I’ve actually avoided the beta because of this issue. I certainly hope it isn’t the devs dragging their feet because the worst case scenario is a nonfunctional DTVN app on iOS 11 launch day, yet I completely believe it’s possible given their...interesting QC levels thus far.
I've wondered if their app is trying to detect jailbreaks or something and crashing intentionally.
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They are working on a new UI for DirecTV Now. So one theory is that their focus may be on that rather than making the existing app work properly with tvOS 11.
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H3LL5P4WN Avatar
63 months ago
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They are working on a new UI for DirecTV Now. So one theory is that their focus may be on that rather than making the existing app work properly with tvOS 11.
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Zorn Avatar
63 months ago
I'm not at home to test it, but a poster on 9to5Mac is saying it's still broken :(
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Nicky G Avatar
63 months ago
Where's a real third-party screen saver API? I like the default aerial views, but this system facility should be opened to third parties.
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