The new app carries together several new functionalities including the integration of cable and satellite channels. Sadly we don't know when the Apple TV app will roll out on other devices.
The redesigned Apple TV app now features a Channels tab, where users can find their favorite content from various networks and streaming services, as well as a curated section, where content will be surfaced on a per-user basis, depending on interests.
And movies you purchase on the iTunes Store will instantly appear within the app with many now available to view in stunning 4K HDR quality without having to pay any extra fees.
The iOS 12.3 update includes support for AirPlay 2-enabled TV, one-tap playback for movies and TV shows and improvements for Apple Music, CarPlay, Apple TV Remote app, and fixes problems with Wi-Fi calling. Early partner channels include HBO, Starz, Showtime and Tastemade, with more expected to join in the future, Apple said.
"Customers around the world can now subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app - paying for only the ones they want - and watch on demand directly in the app", an Apple announcement notes.
Also starting on May 13, through AirPlay 2-enabled Samsung Smart TVs, customers can seamlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad, or Mac directly to their Samsung Smart TV.
Customers with eligible VIZIO, LG and Sony smart TVs will be able to enjoy AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support later this year. Parents, desperate for family friendly content, will be elated to see a Kids section that serves up editorially selected titles, a practice that continues Apple's push of being the content curators which we first saw in Apple Music.