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All-new Apple TV – updated app brings ‘Channels’ to iOS

This week, Apple has updated its TV app to include various features announced in its March Special Event.

We’ll have to wait until later this year for Apple’s upcoming original content to surface, but in the meantime, there are some very welcome changes to the app. Most notably, users can now subscribe to on-demand ‘Channels’ from services including HBO, Showtime, and more. Just in time for that final episode of Game of Thrones!

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to subscribe to those services, but Apple hopes the convenience of accessing the lot from a single place will convince users to sign up through its TV app. There are other benefits, too – everything in the app is sharable with up to six people as part of Apple’s Family Sharing system, and you can download content for offline viewing.

As ever, the app’s Watch Now section gives personalized recommendations and tracks your viewing activity to make it easier to dive back into a show exactly where you left off, no matter which device you’re using. TV will also house all your iTunes purchases, and this update even introduces a dedicated Kids section for child-friendly content and a Sports section that can give alerts about your favorite teams.

The updated TV app is available now in over 100 countries for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV – though you’ll need to ensure you’ve got the latest software updates to access it. It’s even available on select Samsung TVs, with more smart TVs to follow in due course. Apple says the app is coming to macOS later this year, too.