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Apple's 'TV' App Starts Showing Up for Users in the UK, France, and Germany

Apple's official TV app today started showing up for some fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV owners in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, almost a year after Apple originally announced the service in the U.S.


The TV app is billed as an easy way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows in a single place. It offers a unified experience for accessing TV shows and movies across multiple video apps, and aims to help users discover new TV and movie content by offering recommendations based on what they've previously watched. The service syncs content in the cloud so users can pick up where they left off on other devices via the accompanying iOS TV app, which has also been appearing on devices across the pond.

More than 60 services are supported by the U.S. version of the TV app, but with the expansion to new countries, Apple is adding support for additional local content, such as ITV, Channel 5, and BBC iPlayer in the U.K.


Apple's TV app has been available in the United States since December of 2016. In September, Apple released the Apple TV app in Canada and Australia, and announced that it would be bringing the app to France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and the U.K. by the end of the year.

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10 months ago
Awesome news! Been waiting too long for this.
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Given how bad Hulu's new UI is I totally rely on the TV app. Its such a great tool for finding and keeping up to date with shows I'm watching. Its just a real shame that Netflix won't participate. I reckon we should put together a petition and send it to Netflix lol
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago

Still waiting for it to appear on mine. Hurry!


Me too.
[doublepost=1512741457][/doublepost]Am I correct in thinking it replaces the Video app?
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
Damn apple always leaving behind the Netherlands.. no Apple News, No TV Shows on itunes, no TV App...

I bet many countries have it worse but it still sucks..
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Damn apple always leaving behind the Netherlands.. no Apple News, No TV Shows on itunes, no TV App...

I bet many countries have it worse but it still sucks..


ik ben het ermee eens... Apple Pay ook... :(
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
I logged out of my German account, into my american one for the TV app to appear. After logging in back to my german one the TV app stayed. :)
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago
Still waiting for it to appear on mine. Hurry!
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

the app sucks. not useful at all.

(you have to have provider apps installed, and then all the app does is launch the provider app lol)

just more bloatware


Well, it kinda is useful if you can see all the shows you are watching together in a single place.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago
I wished the TV app was more family/multi-user friendly on the tvOS.

It is basically useless on a family TV.
Rating: 2 Votes
10 months ago

Under TV shows into does give me the Option to open better call Saul in Netflix though although Netflix is not showing under apps


Netflix is searchable within TV app and via Siri but content won’t appear in the Watch Now / Up Next sections which is a shame.
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Given Sky own NowTV you'd think they would be working toward some sort of subscriber access - which would also replace their pitiful attempt at iOS apps!


Sky are meant to be launching Sky Q over broadband next year (no dish required). It wouldn’t surprise me if Sky launched a premium service via Apple TV but left Now TV as a basic service (accessible on Apple TV but not fully integrated in to TV app). That said, I think I saw something about a new Now TV app next month but that might just be the next release of a minor update.

I’ve found the apps on Apple TV to be below standard of the equivalents on other devices. Now TV doesn’t even remember what you’ve watched and BBC iPlayer app is rubbish compared to other devices. It looks like the TV app may be fixing some of the issues. Would be good to have more content options including All4, Sky, Now TV, UKTV and Netflix (fully integrated).
Rating: 2 Votes

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