Apple is updating the Apple TV to make it easier to find and play videos and other content. During the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple showed off new features that are coming to Apple TV users this fall.
A developer preview is available starting today.
There are a number of apps that allow you to watch live or on-demand video from TV networks… but which require you to login using your cable or satellite provider credentials. Most media streamers require you to login to each app separately… but the upcoming version of tvOS will support single sign-in, allowing you to login to all the apps that are compatible with your TV provider at once.
Apple used DISH Network as an example while showing off the feature today, but as Variety notes, it’s unclear if all other pay TV providers will support single sign-on.
Don’t pay for traditional TV? Starting today you can use Sling TV instead. Subscribers to the internet-based live TV streaming service now supports Apple TV.
Another update on the way is a new iPhone app that offers all the same functionality you’d get when using the voice remote, and then some. You can use your phone to speak to Siri, enter text using your on-screen keyboard, or use the accelerometer and gyroscope to play games or otherwise use your phone as a motion controller.
Apple is also adding new Siri features that let you tune into some apps just by saying “watch ESPN2,” for example, search by topics, such as “high school movies from the 80s” and search YouTube using your voice.